Was 2009 a Tipping Point for Unified Communications and Video Conferencing?
Video conferencing goes down market.
Maybe you saw Cisco’s telepresence system portrayed as the go-to video conferencing used by the U.S. president on the television program "24." Sure, it’s cool. But nobody ever thought that every business would have a telepresence room, right? Well, maybe not a dedicated room, but vendors sought to make some of their high-end telepresence technologies more mainstream in 2009, offering slimmed-down systems at lower prices. For example, LifeSize introduced a sub-$2,500 system. And Polycom introduced a video conferencing-enabled phone.