Cisco bringing high-end videoconferencing to homes2010.01.06 13:32 by Daniela
Keywords: Cisco, TelePresence
Network equipment maker Cisco Systems Inc unveiled long-awaited plans for a consumer version of its high-end TelePresence videoconferencing product, saying it would begin field trials this spring.
Cisco, which sells videoconferencing equipment to companies, said it would partner with Verizon Communications Inc in the United States to sell it to homes.
Cisco has been expanding from routers and switches to more consumer-oriented products through acquisitions, including its 2006 deal for cable set-top box maker Scientific Atlanta and its more recent plan to buy Norway's Tandberg, the world's leader in videoconferencing equipment.
"Home telepresence will make a difference in consumers' lives by allowing them to enjoy natural video communications with family and friends wherever they are located," Marthin DeBeer, senior vice president and head of Cisco's emerging technologies group, said in a statement.
The latest announcement, which coincides with the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, also comes as competition in high-quality video communications expands to the living room from the boardroom.
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