New TANDBERG Immersive Telepresence Delivers Step Change through Aesthetics and Technology



    HD System Interoperability Extends Experience Enterprise-wide

    TORONTO and OSLO, Norway, Oct. 1 /CNW/ - TANDBERG(R) (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.
    "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."
    The TANDBERG Telepresence T3 creates an experience that is personal and
comfortable while meeting the highest executive standards. The development
team, including a social anthropologist, collaborated with customer groups to
evaluate preferred designs, colors and room set-ups to optimize the user
experience. Blue walls the color of the Nordic sky and specialized room
lighting create a natural appearance, and warm wood walls, aluminum and glass
provide an exclusive finish.
    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.
    The TANDBERG Telepresence T3 is interoperable with all standards-based
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.
    "This announcement is part of a bold move by TANDBERG to leap frog the
current generation of telepresence solutions", said Dominic Dodd, Principal
Analyst at Frost & Sullivan. "To fully realize all of the extensive benefits
of telepresence, organizations must be able to connect with their existing
base of video conferencing systems and desktops, and with those of customers
and suppliers. TANDBERG has 'joined the dots' of the telepresence puzzle,
pulling together the essential elements of interoperability, services, and
network with a comprehensive range of endpoint options."
    "Building on our history of innovation, TANDBERG is driving standards in
the telepresence space with the introduction of the Telepresence T3," said
Fredrik Halvorsen, TANDBERG CEO. "Telepresence participants can experience the
perfect meeting environment and add video conferencing participants to that
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."
    The TANDBERG Telepresence T3 will ship in January 2009.

    New TANDBERG Total Service

    TANDBERG Total Service is delivered by a partner network of people,
processes and equipment to offer customers one globally available, yet locally
synchronized, 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:

    
    -   Local site surveys
    -   Network assessment and provisioning
    -   Telepresence room design and installation
    -   Fully managed or hosted service options
    -   On-site maintenance and support for remote devices
    

    "For many customers, a managed service offering is a key part of 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."
    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.
    Several leading partners are progressing through the Total Service
certification process and will be announced later this year. For more
information about TANDBERG systems and services or to contact a TANDBERG
representative, visit http://www.tandberg.com/.

    About TANDBERG

    TANDBERG is the leading global provider of telepresence, high-definition
video conferencing 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 www.tandberg.com for more information.
    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.





For further information:

For further information: Catharine Heddle/Nazia Khan, Environics
Communications for TANDBERG Canada, (416) 969-2729/(416) 969-2781,
cheddle@environicspr.com/nkhan@environicspr.com

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