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Interoperability between room-based telepresence systems continues to be a focus of such top-tier vendors as Cisco Systems and Polycom. Now a smaller company, FuzeBox, is introducing a product aimed, not only at ensuring interoperability between such systems, but also extending such telepresence conferences to other endpoints, including mobile devices like tablets.

FuzeBox s Fuze Telepresence Connect technology integrates with telepresence systems from such vendors as Polycom, Cisco (via its Tandberg offerings) and LifeSize Communications. It works as a gateway, leveraging such standards as H.323, SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) and H.264, and through the company s Fuze Meeting Web conferencing and video conferencing platform, can extend video conferencing to any computer or mobile devices, including Apple s iPad and tablets powered by Google s Android mobile-operating system.

Through the integration of Fuze Telepresence with the Fuze Meeting SAAS (software as a service) platform, users on telepresence conferences also will have access to a range of collaboration tools and an intuitive UI, FuzeBox officials said.

The goal is to take high-end video conferencing, which FuzeBox officials said has been limited to telepresence suites and executive boardrooms, and make it available to people using traditional desktops and laptops, as well as tablets.

The technology, announced June 15, will extend the benefits of high-end video collaboration from reduced expenses and greater productivity to the increasing numbers of remote and mobile workers, according to FuzeBox officials. The expensive, high-end telepresence capabilities can now be in the hands of more employees, they said.

To read the original eWeek article, click here: FuzeBox Aims for Telepresence Interoperability, Mobility