Tom Richards

Product Management

TelePresence Systems Business Unit

Tom currently leads the product management team focused on Immersive Group Systems in the TelePresence Systems Business Unit of Cisco Systems.  Tom joined Cisco in 2004 through the acquisition of Parc Technologies, a company he cofounded based on technology developed completing his PhD in Imperial College, London.
During his time at Cisco Tom has led product introductions in software and hardware to both Service Provider and Enterprise segments.  Many of these solutions have been built through a combination of in-house and 3rd party technologies requiring critical technical and business integrations.
He has been working in different aspects of video for the last 5 years from endpoints, to network management and network infrastructure.  For the last two years Tom has been involved in shaping and delivering the Immersive TelePresence products and roadmap driving the Immersive TelePresence experience to the next generation of endpoints.


April 24, 2014


New hardware Solutions, New Investment, What Does it Mean to Industry?

The video collaboration world has reached another interesting inflection point.  The market has shown that there is an experience threshold to deliver effective remote video collaboration – recall the rapid doubling of the video market between 2006 and 2008 when HD video became possible across a range of platforms.  It is also clear that high […]

January 7, 2014


Flexibility – The Key to Video Collaboration

In my previous blog I talked about the transitions that are coming in the collaboration market.  This drives the need for intelligent video collaboration – a consistent user experience across a portfolio of endpoints and platforms.  Any-to-any connectivity is fundamental. From a deployment perspective, there are two solutions in the market – on-prem and cloud […]

October 31, 2013


From Product Strategy to Implementation

Looking at the history of video collaboration there are a few identifiable transition points.  The introduction of audio and video delivery over IP networks created opportunities for widespread affordable deployments and the video conferencing market began to expand.  The scale of deployments, however, was in general neither large nor pervasive.  In 2006/2007 new offerings (like […]

July 10, 2013


Delivering True Interop – The Difference Between Standards and Interoperability

In today’s business world IT professionals have to manage multiple collaboration applications in order to support an increasingly mobile workforce, flexible desktop solutions as well as collaboration and video rooms within their organizations. The collaboration environment is multi-endpoint and multi-vendor and reaches beyond enterprise boundaries – both B2B and B2C. Compounding this IT challenge is the […]

March 21, 2013


Cisco TelePresence TX9000 Wins Prestigious Design Award

On the one-year anniversary of its debut, the Cisco TelePresence TX9000 Series has been awarded the prestigious iF (International Forum) award for outstanding design, the same award that has been given to design stalwarts like Sony and BMW. With a brand new industrial design, the TX9000 was brought to market as the new benchmark for […]

March 6, 2013


Amp Up Your Collaborative Power With Enhanced Video And Content Quality

We’ve shared with you in previous posts Cisco’s vision on how high-intensity collaboration can transform the meeting experience. With this in mind, we have just released new features and functionality available on the immersive Cisco TelePresence TX Series.  Experience is always top-of-mind with our TelePresence portfolio and the new features include enhanced video and content […]