Regus Group Selects Cisco in Largest Ever Global Lifesize Video Meetings Deal
Regus, the world’s largest provider of outsourced workplaces, is delighted to announce that it will be the first to offer its clients and the public the facility to have real time meetings across the globe using Cisco TelePresence.
Regus has signed a deal with Cisco to provide 50 TelePresence systems, which will be rolled out over the coming weeks in the leading business cities around the world including New York, London, Tokyo, Sydney and Paris. It will be available to the growing number of companies utilising high definition video meetings to avoid expensive and time-consuming travel.
With the continued globalisation of business, regular meetings with international partners, colleagues and clients are still increasing. The costs involved, time required and implications on carbon emissions will mean that business managers will have to prioritise more.
TelePresence is the most advanced of a new generation of video collaboration technology that makes the meeting experience almost the same as being there in person. The deal announced today will enable business managers to:
-Talk live as though they were in the room
-Tie in with several different locations
-Enter a meeting at the touch of a button
-Use this product as easily as making a phone call
Mark Dixon, CEO of the Regus Group, said:
"We have long believed there was a gap for a premium electronic meeting room solution. There is a desire to eliminate unnecessary global travel due to the congestion of airports, cost of travel, demands on time and focus on green issues.
“As business becomes increasingly demanding, we need to be more productive. Electronic and virtual meetings are key to this. This is yet another product that Regus is offering its clients to enable them to work more flexibly, interact with their teams, protect the environment, keep costs down and work without boundaries.”
Leading edge technology
New capabilities of Cisco’s TelePresence solution will make public TelePresence possible and viable: It will enable Regus sites to connect to corporate sites; multiple rooms in a single meeting; and will provide a consistent quality of service to customers globally.
Cisco’s quality, simplicity and architecture was the key to the selection.
Quality - life size, ultra high def video (1080p) and spatial audio make TelePresence’s ’as good as being there’
Simplicity - one button to push call initiation and groupware scheduling (via Microsoft Outlook) enable self-service operation for low total cost of operation (TCO)
Architecture - Cisco’s network as a platform enables reliability, security and rapid product evolution
Robert Lloyd, Senior Vice President, US and Canada, for Cisco said:
“Regus has developed a highly innovative service offering which will add considerable value to its business and that of its customers. The TelePresence solution will help Regus’ clients improve existing business processes, speed time-to-market for developing new products and services, and help scale valuable resources. By taking advantage of the Cisco Services organisation, Regus and its customers will have the confidence that qualified network management is available to support the service globally.”
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