Cisco TelePresence

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Cisco TelePresence, first introduced in October 2006, is a range of products developed by Cisco Systems designed to link two physically separated rooms so they resemble a single conference room regardless of location.

Cisco documented the Telepresence concept and implementation details in the book Cisco TelePresence Fundamentals,[1] where the difference between Telepresence and the at this point in time prevalent Videoconferencing is defined as quality, simplicity, and reliability.

Cisco TelePresence codecs


These were the initial products:

  • CTS-3000 - Room system for 6 persons
  • CTS-1000 - Room system for 2 persons
  • CTMS - Multipoint collaboration network appliance that connected multiple room systems into a single conference
  • CTS-Man - Management application for integration with groupware, such as Microsoft Exchange which gives the system the ability to schedule meetings[2]

They were designed for an experience to feel as if local and remote participants are in the same room.[3] These products offer features including up to three 1080p flat panel displays, special tables, microphones, speakers, cameras, collaboration interfaces and lighting.[4]

In 2008 Cisco reported to have sold about 2,000 rooms, with about another 250 non-revenue (internal and philanthropic) units installed.[5]

Later other products were developed that expanded the use-cases for smaller offices and Webex connectivity.

In 2010 the Norwegian company Tandberg was acquired and the products got integrated into the Cisco portfolio.

Currently there is a wide range of collaboration endpoints [6] and conferencing infrastructure products [7] offered.



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