Rogers Communications chooses innovative technology to enhance
TORONTO, June 1 /CNW/ - Cisco today announced Rogers Communications,
Canada's leading diversified cable, telecommunications, media and information
services company, has selected the Cisco(R) TelePresence Meeting solution to
improve productivity and collaboration between its offices across Canada.
Rogers is the first Canadian-based TelePresence customer. Launched in
late 2006, TelePresence is a ground-breaking category of products that combine
advanced audio, true high-definition video and interactive elements to create
unique, "in-person" experiences between people, places and events.
With TelePresence, Rogers employees will be able to communicate with each
other across the country as if they were meeting in the same room, improving
collaboration, sharing documents more efficiently, and raising productivity
while reducing travel costs and environmental impact.
"Rogers has always been an innovator in the deployment of leading-edge
technology," said Edward S. Rogers, president and CEO of Rogers
Communications. "We are particularly excited about the opportunities
TelePresence presents to improve the way we communicate and collaborate
internally and with our customers, partners and shareholders. Using
TelePresence will enable us to increase productivity while reducing travel."
Rogers will deploy four Cisco TelePresence System 3000 suites in its
Toronto headquarters, Brampton, Montreal and Vancouver locations. Each System
3000 unit comprises a three-panel 65-inch plasma screen complete with a
specially designed table that seats six participants on one side, or a
"virtual table" for 12. It supports life-size images, ultra-high-definition
video and spatial audio capabilities. The Cisco TelePresence System 3000 also
includes codecs, cameras, a lighting array, microphones, and speakers, all of
which are specially tuned to optimize the experience. A meeting is started
just like placing a phone call and can be scheduled simply through a group
"TelePresence is a next-generation technology that shows how Internet
Protocol-based communications can significantly transform business processes,"
said Terry Walsh, president of Cisco Canada. "By choosing to deploy this
solution, Rogers is using its network investment in Cisco Unified
Communications and continuing to demonstrate its technology leadership, along
with its commitment to meeting its environmental and carbon reduction goals."
The Cisco TelePresence Meeting solution is an integral component of
Cisco's Service-Oriented Network Architecture (SONA). This framework helps
enterprises evolve their existing communications infrastructure into an
intelligent information network. Within the SONA framework, Cisco offers
real-time collaborative applications such as voice and video that feature
quality-of-service, security and high availability and operate on a single
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