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Star Trek, The Jetsons and Cisco TelePresence

October 11, 2007
at 12:00 pm PST

“With the development of the TelePresence video conferencing system, Cisco has breathed life into the science fiction video phones of the Jetsons and Star Trek.” So says the sub-head of Design News article on Cisco TelePresence.Jetsons Video Phone.jpgWe are obviously excited about our technology and it is fun to see others see what we are seeing…literally through TelePresence…and philosophically, with our vision for what TelePresence can actually “do” in the workplace. It is all about collaboration, cutting travel and being more productive while having much the same experience as sitting in a conference room in Boise, Birmingham, Boston or Bangalore.Great quote from a TelePresence customer:”Most people are agape when they walk in,” says Jim Kittridge, senior vice president for Wachovia Corp., the giant financial services company that has purchased three TelePresence systems and plans to buy two more by year’s end.”They literally gasp; they can’t believe what they’re seeing.”Read the full article here.Because collaboration and collaborative technologies are so important to us, yesterday we launched a new collaboration blog called “The Workspace.” Our CEO, John Chambers, offers the very first entry on this blog…(side note: this is also his first external written blog entry!)He states, in part: “We are on the cusp of a new era where the Internet is transforming businesses large and small, and creating an entirely new environment for today’s workforce to communicate, collaborate and achieve. We have an opportunity to usher in a new era of economic growth and productivity and Internet-driven collaboration technologies are at the core of this transformation.” Very appropriate lead-in to the Design News article on TelePresence.

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