Airline Fares Killing Profits? Telepresence for Every Budget

  • By

    Jessica Davis

    | Posted 2008-07-16

Cisco TelePresence System 3000

Cisco's top-of-the-line system, the TelePresence System 3000 includes three 65-inch plasma screens; spatial audio with echo cancellation; microphones; lighting; Ethernet and power ports in the table legs; and a high-end table that seats six on each side. It offers life-size, ultra high-definition video images.

If you're a fan of the Fox TV show "24," you've seen this system used whenever the president needs to speak to another foreign leader immediately in order to prevent the planet from getting blown up.

Cost: $598,000 for two (so you'll have someone else to talk to). See Metcalfe's law.

Channel Insider Trip Avoidance Rating: It would take 478 avoided 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

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