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TANDBERG Completes Telepresence Experience with New Immersive TANDBERG Telepresence System

TANDBERG today unveiled the immersive TANDBERG Telepresence T3.
  • 02 October, 2008 10:41

<p>SYDNEY, Oct. 2, 2008—TANDBERG® (OSLO: TAA.OL), the leading global provider of telepresence, high-definition (HD) video conferencing and mobile video solutions, today unveiled the immersive TANDBERG Telepresence T3. This industry-changing solution delivers an ‘across the table’ meeting experience while enabling seamless interoperability with standards-compliant video systems. A new package of TANDBERG-certified services coupled with a new telepresence server – both announced today – complete the total telepresence experience from TANDBERG.</p>
<p>“Building on our history of innovation, TANDBERG is driving standards in the telepresence space with the introduction of the Telepresence T3,” said Philip Siefert, Regional Director Australia and New Zealand, TANDBERG. “Telepresence participants can experience the perfect meeting environment and add video conferencing participants to the meeting. Experts, suppliers and frontline employees can be invited into a telepresence meeting immediately from wherever they may be. This is the new way of working.”</p>
<p>The TANDBERG Telepresence T3 is interoperable with all standards-compliant PC, desktop and room video systems, including HD systems. The native interoperability of the Telepresence T3 means participants can connect easily when and where they need to without being locked into a specific system, network or bandwidth.</p>
<p>“HSBC has worked with TANDBERG extensively with its previous telepresence systems, of which we have two, among the thousand or so TANDBERG executive video systems HSBC uses,” said Tim Cureton, group head of telecommunications, HSBC. “The TANDBERG Telepresence T3 units are notable for their usability beyond executive 'hello' meetings, for their integration with standard video conferencing technology, and for cost-efficiency. The TANDBERG T3 will take our use of collaborative global telepresence meetings to a new level, in addition to adding to our portfolio of green technologies that reduce unnecessary travel expense and maintain our status as a carbon-neutral company.”</p>
<p>The TANDBERG Telepresence T3 creates an experience that is personal and comfortable while meeting the highest executive standards. Influenced by their cultural heritage, TANDBERG’s engineers used Scandinavian design elements to create a simple, clean, visually attractive telepresence suite. The development team, including a social anthropologist, collaborated with customer groups to evaluate preferred designs, colours and room set-ups to optimise the user experience. Blue walls the colour of the Nordic sky and specialised room lighting create a natural appearance, and warm wood walls, aluminium and glass provide an exclusive finish.</p>
<p>The design works in tandem with innovative technology invisible to the user. The Full HD (1080p) telepresence engines, large Full HD screens and PrecisionHD 1080p cameras, which are positioned for direct eye contact, ensure that participants appear as if they are in person. The TANDBERG Telepresence T3 also includes integrated touch collaboration screens to place calls and share presentations. Excellent sound quality is ensured by full-duplex spatial audio with super wideband stereo sound.</p>
<p>New Telepresence Server</p>
<p>With the TANDBERG Telepresence Server, any type of standards-compliant video system can be added to a TANDBERG telepresence meeting at the best possible quality, including HD. The Telepresence Server also provides robustness and reliability through the unique TANDBERG transcoding technology, which allows systems with varying capabilities on different networks with different bandwidths to join into the same telepresence meeting. The Telepresence Server becomes a platform for scalability as an organisation’s use of telepresence grows.</p>
<p>For user convenience, five different telepresence viewing modes are available, that extend the concept of continuous presence into the telepresence environment. Meeting participants can see each other at the same time between multiple sites, rather than just one other site. TANDBERG telepresence users can select their preferred mode and, for connecting standards-compliant video conferencing systems, the server intelligently determines the best mode to establish the highest quality experience possible.</p>
<p>The TANDBERG Telepresence T3 will ship in January 2009.</p>
<p>New TANDBERG Total Service</p>
<p>TANDBERG Total Service is delivered by a partner network of people, processes and equipment to offer customers one globally available, yet locally synchronised, solution. Certified managed service providers ensure a continuous managed or hosted service performance. The Total Service portfolio includes fulfillment, network and management services to guarantee consistency at every stage:</p>
<p>§ Local site surveys</p>
<p>§ Network assessment and provisioning</p>
<p>§ Telepresence room design and installation</p>
<p>§ Fully managed or hosted service options</p>
<p>§ On-site maintenance and support for remote devices</p>
<p>“For many customers, a managed service offering is a key part if a successful telepresence deployment,” says Andrew W.Davis, senior partner at Wainhouse Research. “By offloading the management and operation of the telepresence system and visual collaboration environment to dedicated professionals, end user customers can focus on their core business instead of the collaboration technology.”</p>
<p>TANDBERG’s comprehensive certification program for managed service providers requires the availability of fully managed or hosted global services from dedicated Video Network Operation Centers (VNOC). Certified suppliers will also provide concierge services, Web and telephone reservations, continuous help desk support, and proactive testing and monitoring before, during and after meetings. Certification guarantees customers IP and ISDN gateway services, universal bridging, event recording and streaming, and ad hoc VNOC services.</p>
<p>Several leading partners are progressing through the Total Service certification process and will be announced later this year. For more information about these TANDBERG products or services, or to contact a TANDBERG representative, visit</p>
<p>About TANDBERG</p>
<p>TANDBERG is the leading global provider of telepresence, high-definition videoconferencing and mobile video products and services with dual headquarters in New York and Norway. TANDBERG designs, develops and markets systems and software for video, voice and data. The company provides sales, support and value-added services in more than 90 countries worldwide. TANDBERG is publicly traded on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker TAA.OL. Please visit for more information.</p>
<p>TANDBERG is a trademark or registered trademark in the U.S. and other countries. All other product and company names here in may be trademarks of their respective owners.</p>

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