Cisco TelePresence, first introduced in October 2006, is a product developed by Cisco Systems which provides high-definition 1080p video, spatial audio, and a setup designed to link two physically separated rooms so they resemble a single conference room regardless of location. Cisco has sold about 2,000 rooms, with about another 250 non-revenue (internal and philanthropic) units installed.
A variety of Cisco TelePresence system configurations offer features including up to three 1080p flat panel displays, special tables, microphones, speakers, cameras, collaboration interfaces and lighting. Cisco TelePresence Manager allows integration with groupware, such as Microsoft Exchange which gives the system the ability to schedule meetings.
- The television series 24 featured Cisco Telepresence product placements.
- Season 8. Episode 8 of NCIS also featured Cisco Telepresence product placements.
Philip Graham (Engineering) and Randy Harrell (Marketing) were the early employees who created the telepresence experience. Philip had experience in engineering video solutions, Harrell was expert in video conferencing market. Graham transferred into the team from within Cisco, Harrell was hired by Marthin DeBeer. Marthin was put in the lead role by Charles Giancarlo (SVP and considered the god-father of Cisco TelePresence). Graham hired a number of top engineering leaders in the quest to build the team. They include: Richard Wales, David Mackie, Chris Dunn, Lee-Lin Lin, Mike Hubenthal and Krutarth Shah.
Cisco TelePresence solutions are now included within the Cisco Collaboration portfolio of products. This includes IP Phones, Collaboration desk endpoints, Collaboration room endpoints, Immersive Telepresence Systems, Software Clients and TelePresence integration solutions. Each range of products aims to provide businesses with communication technologies that improves efficiency and enhance productivity. Products include:
- DX and EX Series desktop endpoints
- SX and MX Series room and integration endpoints
- IX Series Immersive TelePresence suites
- Cisco Jabber software clients and Unified Communications Platform
Behind endpoints and software, Cisco's TelePresence portfolio also includes a number of network infrastructure items to provide secure firewall traversal, multipoint video conferences, recording, streaming, management and monitoring.