LONDON, March 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- As the need for cost saving strategies grip the business world, telepresence offers economic efficiency and environmental benefits too.
In the wake of the global economic downturn, a drive towards cost efficiency is paramount for businesses. In addition to this, there is a real need for society as a whole to make changes in order to become more socially responsible and reduce its carbon footprint, with businesses in particular under pressure to cut out potentially unnecessary travel. Telepresence offers the means by which businesses can achieve these goals.
At its most basic level, telepresence can be described as a cross between video and conference calling, where the individual feels that he is attending a face-to face meeting, as opposed to a remote event. Usually involving users sitting in front of a large panoramic screen, the user's movement and speech are recorded and monitored to give the feel of real time participation with the user in the other location.
Enhancements to this system are currently under development, such as projected display technology, similar to a life-sized hologram. In addition, new sensors allow for users to manipulate a remote object or environment via the use of their hands. These developments help increase the sensation of being in a face-to-face environment.
Telepresence has a myriad of important applications outside the office environment as well. Military operations can use the expertise of people, such as bomb disposal experts, situated thousands of miles away from the scene. Surgeons too can advise on critical procedures in locations where there are no specialists in the their field. Telepresence also has applications for allowing deaf or speech-impaired individuals communicate via sign language using video equipment.
With such enormous potential, European CEO magazine commends the winners of the Telepresence Awards 2010 for the development and promotion of technology that promises a future of increased corporate efficiency and reduced carbon footprints.
Telepresence awards, 2010
Telepresence Provider of the Year: LifeSize Communications
Telepresence Managed Services Provider of the Year: Tata Communications
Telepresence Network Provider of the Year: AT&T
Telepresence Infrastructure Provider of the Year: Radvision
Telepresence Innovator of the Year: Digital Video Enterprises
SOURCE European CEO