The future of telepresence: It's virtual, mobile and social

By Snorre Kjesbu, vice president and general manager, TelePresence Systems Business Unit, Cisco, Network World |  Unified Communications, Collaboration Software, TelePresence

Growing companies will appear larger than they are with telepresence capabilities but without the upfront costs, as they don't have to invest in the infrastructure or even think about how to make it work. And cloud-based telepresence offers them the option to easily scale as the needs of their business evolve.

Mid-to-large companies can deploy cloud-based telepresence to extend their telepresence network to branch offices, remote locations or to teleworkers. The simplicity and cost-efficiency of a cloud-based telepresence model will allow high-intensity collaboration to proliferate to a new and broader base of users spurring greater innovation inside of organizations and across their ecosystems of partners, suppliers and customers.

These are just a few considerations. As for what's next in the world of telepresence and business video communications, will it be screens on your bathroom mirror that send vital stats straight to your doctor's office, triggering an impromptu virtual home visit? Or intelligent telepresence systems that recognize your face for authentication purposes and populate your preferences, both within the system itself and for the room in which you sit? There are many possibilities, but you can bet it's not if, but when, they'll be coming to a business near you.

What do you think is next? Let us know your thoughts about what's next for telepresence in the comments below.

Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) is the worldwide leader in networking that transforms how people connect, communicate and collaborate. Information about Cisco can be found at http://www.cisco.com. For ongoing news, please go to http://newsroom.cisco.com.

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