Videoconferencing: For Today And Tomorrow


With the advent of ubiquitous broadband and new high-definition display technology, videoconferencing is finally hitting its stride. Here are nine products available now, plus a glimpse at what the future might hold for videoconferencing solution providers.

CISCO TELEPRESENCE SYSTEM 3000

Cisco Systems put high-definition videoconferencing on the buzz map in 2006 by throwing its marketing muscle behind telepresence, a technology that combines high-quality videoconferencing and audio with elements of the surrounding environment to make participants feel as if they are together in the same room. Cisco's TelePresence System 3000, its flagship full-room system, integrates three 65-inch HD plasma displays and surround-sound audio, seating six participants on each side of its virtual table. The system ties into Cisco's Unified Communications Manager VoIP platform and is priced at $300,000.