27.04.09

Say goodbye to proprietary telepresence

AUTHOR: Inavate

Tandberg has boosted interoperability, announcing that its T3 system now works to full capability when connecting with users of Polycom telepresence.

The telepresence provider claims this technology breakthrough obviates the restraints of proprietary systems and says it will “put an end to siloed communication”.

“Organisations are turning to telepresence solutions now more than ever for the fast return on investment from reduced travel and increased productivity. However, as unified communications become more and more important, enterprises can't afford to invest in solutions that cannot work together," said Dominic Dodd, global programme director, Unified Communications and Collaboration, Frost & Sullivan. "By enabling telepresence systems to interoperate Tandberg has upped the ante by creating a standard that all telepresence providers will have to live up to if they want to be included in future purchasing decisions."

"Organisations shouldn't be locked in by technology. Our vision is to enable open communities where people can collaborate naturally no matter how they are connecting," said Fredrik Halvorsen, CEO, Tandberg. "

"Tandberg's breakthrough in providing telepresence interoperability, coupled with BT's industry leading One Source Managed Services, defines our shared focus of providing customers with high-impact communication, a simplified user experience, and maximum return on investment," said Jeff Prestel, general manager, BT Conferencing. "With this interoperability first and our position as a global Certified Managed Services Provider for Tandberg Total Service, BT and Tandberg are poised to provide customers with a cost-effective, high quality immersive experience even when they may have different telepresence platforms. We're allowing customers, suppliers and partners to communicate in ways never before possible, and creating business collaboration opportunities at a whole new level."