Tata and Cisco intend to expand Telepresence
When there's a crisis, video conferencing systems receive a brief boost, only to be ignored by travelling managers again later. At least that's how it has been so far – but it could be different this time, because now sophisticated technology is available. Tata Communications – part of the Indian automotive-to-outsourcing giant – plans to set up a network of 1080p High Definition Cisco Telepresence systems in luxury hotels around the world and network them together.
Another part of the Tata group, the Taj Hotels chain, is currently opening new Telepresence rooms in Mumbai, Bangalore, New York, Boston and London. Before the end of the year, more are to follow in Hyderabad and Gurgaon. Next year, the group plans to co-operate with Cisco and launch a global rollout of a further 100 rooms which can be rented on an hourly basis.
For Cisco, the elaborate Telepresence technology represents a driving force for innovation. A few days ago, a join German-Russian team won the I-Prize, awarded specifically for innovations in the Telepresence sector. Karlsruhe IT specialist Anna Gossen, her husband Niels and her brother Sergey Bessonnitsyn received $250,000 for their idea to use the Telepresence concept for setting up energy-saving systems in corporate and home environments. The winners can alternatively opt to get involved and develop their project as a business unit within Cisco.