Introduction

I well remember my first Cisco TelePresence experience.

It was in the fall of 2006, and my manager had been urging me for several weeks to check out the first pair of production TelePresence rooms at the Executive Briefing Center at the Cisco headquarters in San Jose. However, I had kept putting it off because I was “too busy.” Being familiar with many forms and flavors of video conferencing systems, I was a bit skeptical that there was really anything new or cool enough to merit my walking seven buildings over and seeing for myself. But eventually I relented and made the arduous ten-minute trek, and my life hasn’t been the same since.

It’s difficult to encapsulate in words how authentic TelePresence is; it just has to be experienced ...

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