The FINANCIAL — Cisco announced that Russia's first public telepresence service has been launched by Cisco, Tata Communications and BizKomm, a Cisco Registered Partner in Russia.
The public telepresence room located in Moscow's Monarch business center offers immersive virtual communications, fully imitating personal face-to-face meetings. Unlike traditional video conferencing solutions that employ standard-quality video and audio, Cisco TelePresence technology fully immerses the participants in a virtual communications environment with full-size high-definition images. The environment looks astonishingly realistic as if the participants are sitting together in one room.
Tata Communications will offer channel provisioning and management of the Russian public telepresence room that will be linked with all public and private telepresence rooms of the Tata Communications Global Meeting Exchange – one of the world's largest telepresence networks available today. According to Cisco Systems, access will also be provided to the world's largest Tata Communications Public Room Telepresence Network, which includes 40 rooms in five continents. This network coverage makes telepresence a viable tool of international collaboration.
The services of Russia's first public telepresence room will be especially attractive and valuable to international companies, local companies with foreign partners and suppliers, international recruiting agencies, and international business schools and universities with distance-learning courses, as well as to research and development teams distributed among different countries.
In 2012 the partners plan to open public telepresence rooms in Russia in the cities of St. Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, Kazan, Novosibirsk, Sochi and Khabarovsk.