Airline Fares Killing Profits? Telepresence for Every Budget

  • By

    Jessica Davis

    | Posted 2008-07-16

Hewlett-Packard Halo Collaboration Studio

HP's Halo system includes three plasma displays in rooms equipped with studio-quality audio and lighting. Participants can share documents and data from their laptops using a separate collaboration screen.

This high-end system also includes a dedicated HP Halo Video Exchange Network with available network operations and management, remote diagnostics and calibration, concierge, equipment warranty, and ongoing service and repair.

Cost: $550,000 for each base system (you'll need two), plus $18,000 in monthly network and service fees in each of the two rooms for a total of $1,532,000 per year.

Channel Insider Trip Avoidance Rating: The folks buying Halos probably aren't flying coach, but per our system you need to cancel 1,225 trips to pay for this one.

Jessica Davis covers the channel for eWeek and Channel Insider. Her technology journalism career began well before anyone heard of the World Wide Web and has included stints at Infoworld, Electronic News/EDN, and the Philadelphia Business Journal. Her work has also appeared on CNN and Forbes.com. She has covered hardware, software and networking, as well as the business side of technology. She has won several journalism awards, including a national ASBPE award for best staff-written column, and was named Marketing Computers hardest working tech journalist on their inaugural list of top tech journalists. Jessica can be reached at jessica.davis@ziffdavisenterprise.com