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Colombian Government enters the era of TelePresence

- March 9, 2010 - 3 Comments

Last week, we had the opportunity to witnesses the first TelePresence session from the Colombian Government. President Alvaro Uribe Vélez and Minister of Defense Gabriel Silva Luján inaugurated the first Cisco TelePresence™ rooms implemented by the Colombian government, with a virtual meeting between the presidential Casa de Nariño and the Ministry of Defense in Bogotá.

The TelePresence rooms will facilitate new methods of collaboration across government using virtual meetings and will allow government officials to meet face to face while avoiding transportation delays, and are designed to support a rapid and effective decision-making process in government. 

President Uribe seemed very pleased with the experience and said: “I would like to have this technology solution in all government departments. They bring huge benefits in terms of productivity, help decrease travel expenses and reduce costs. The adoption of this technology is a crucial step and in name of the Colombian Government we thank Cisco.”

President Uribe of Colombia experiences Cisco TelePresence

Simbad Ceballos, general manager Cisco Colombia explains to President Uribe in Casa de Nariño the benefits of the TelePresence solution minutes before the meeting with the Minister of Defense. At the other side of the Telepresence, Luis Alejandro Arbeláez, vice minister of defense and Manuel Neira, general secretary of the Minister.

The equipment in the Casa de Nariño and the Ministry of Defense is the Cisco TelePresence System 3000, a three-screen virtual meeting room that combines real-time video, audio and interactive technologies to give people in distributed locations a wide variety of face-to-face collaboration experiences. Users experience a feeling of being in the same room with other participants even when the distances between them are thousands of kilometers.

This is another example of how Governments around the world are using technology and especially Cisco TelePresence to collaborate and speed decision making.

Web Site Colombian Government


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  1. Awesome, I love how they are around the desk so it appears that they are sat their in the room with them. Heh

  2. These big LCD screens should provide a decent sense of immersion, great solution !

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