Polycom Takes On Cisco In Telepresence

The Telepresence Experience (TPX) HD 306M, seen here, is the latest addition to Polycom's line of telepresence offerings, which launched in May 2006 with the rollout of its RealPresence Experience (RPX) portfolio.

The TPX includes a wall unit that incorporates three 60-inch HD plasma displays, videoconferencing equipment, cameras and a high-fidelity stereo system. The setup also includes a conference table, 360-degree ceiling microphones and a touch-screen control system. The table is designed to allow seating around all sides when it is not being used for video calls, meaning customers don't have to dedicate the room entirely to videoconferencing.

The system can interoperate with other Polycom telepresence products, as well as all standards-based desktop and room systems. It is scheduled to ship in November with a list price of $199,999. The system will compete with the Cisco Systems TelePresence 3000, launched last year. Click here to view images of Cisco's product.