TANDBERG Completes Telepresence Experience with New Immersive TANDBERG Telepresence System, Telepresence Server and Total Service Offering



    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 new immersive
TANDBERG Telepresence T3 system, a new telepresence server and a new package
of TANDBERG-certified services that complete the telepresence experience.
Together they create an across-the-table executive meeting experience to speed
decision-making and unify the organization. In addition, experts on
standards-compliant video systems can be brought in at a moment's notice -
extending the reach of telepresence meetings.
    "With today's product and service debuts, TANDBERG raises the bar for
telepresence," said Fredrik Halvorsen, TANDBERG CEO. "Building on our history
of innovation, TANDBERG delivers a step change in telepresence through
aesthetics and technology that heightens the sense of personal interaction
while in a meeting. In addition, 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."

    New TANDBERG Telepresence T3

    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-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.
    "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."

    New Telepresence Server

    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 organization's
use of telepresence grows.
    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.

    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
    

    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.
    TANDBERG Total Telepresence is a complete set of products and services
that includes the TANDBERG Telepresence T3, TANDBERG Telepresence T1, TANDBERG
Personal Telepresence 1700, TANDBERG Codec C90 Telepresence Engine, TANDBERG
Telepresence Server and TANDBERG Total Service.
    For more information about these TANDBERG products or services, or to
contact a TANDBERG representative, visit 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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