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AT&T Announces Enhancements To Telepresence Solution

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Hamish Anderson
Hamish Anderson
Source: www.att.com/newsroom.
AT&T Announces Enhancements To Telepresence Solution

DALLAS, June 10, 2009 – AT&T Telepresence Solution users will now be able to conduct meetings that are encrypted for business and security reasons, share videos and control who joins a call, thanks to a suite of new features announced by AT&T. These additional capabilities represent the latest milestone in AT&T’s efforts to provide businesses with powerful and cost-effective collaboration tools that improve productivity while helping decrease costs such as business travel.

AT&T now offers encryption between Cisco TelePresence endpoints in point-to-point or multi-point business to business meetings. Users of the AT&T Business Exchange can establish encrypted connections with the intercompany-enabled Cisco TelePresence endpoints deployed worldwide. The encryption status for all rooms is indicated on-screen at the start of a call and on the phone at all times, providing meeting participants with real-time status. 
 
Since early 2008, AT&T and Cisco have collaborated to enable the growth and use of Cisco TelePresence technology and services among businesses and organizations. Today’s announcement marks the latest innovations available to global companies using the AT&T Telepresence Solution.
 
AT&T Telepresence Solution now also offers the following capabilities:
·         Enhanced Conference Controls: users can now select the way they see speaking participants displayed through an easy-to-use interface on their Cisco IP phone.
In addition, participants in the meeting room can control access to the meeting by blocking additional endpoints from joining an established call.
 
·        Lotus Notes Domino Support: Enterprise deployment customers who use Lotus Notes can now schedule AT&T Telepresence Solution meetings via their groupware platform. This is on top of the existing support for Microsoft Outlook.
 
·        High Resolution Video Sharing: this feature allows customers to share 30 frames per second high frame rate content, such as high resolution video, with meeting participants.
 
“We’re focused on continuing to expand and innovate on the capabilities that AT&T Telepresence Solution provides to companies throughout the world,” said Bill Archer, chief marketing officer, AT&T Business Solutions. “These latest enhancements reflect our commitment to provide an industry-leading, fully-managed Cisco TelePresence solution that offers companies the ability to interact with their key business partners in a highly-secure environment.”
 
“AT&T and Cisco continue to improve how companies conduct business by collaborating in an entirely new way using AT&T Telepresence Solution,” said Mark Weidick, vice president and general manager of the Cisco TelePresence Exchange business unit. “From in-person meetings with seamless videoconferencing interoperability, to high resolution video sharing, this next wave of collaborative applications substantially expands what Cisco TelePresence can enable, making it even more useful and flexible for organizations of all sizes anywhere around the world.”
 
AT&T Telepresence Solution leverages the power of Cisco TelePresence to create a unique, “in-person” experience with the simplicity of making a phone call as well as provides a “meet me” feature with a highly-secure PIN code that simplifies intercompany calling. AT&T Telepresence Solution also offers multipoint functionality and reliable intercompany capabilities enabling multiple locations to connect with one another.
 
The AT&T Telepresence Solution provides AT&T or customer supplied Cisco TelePresence equipment, and includes installation, full monitoring and management of the application, remote help desk service and on-site equipment maintenance and repair, and works over AT&T Virtual Private Network transport. Multiple three-screen and one-screen site options are available.

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