Telephones on the way out

Vu TelePresence is at this week’s GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK with the ambitious aim of ‘replacing the telephone’.

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Telephones on the way out Vu Telepresence predicts that enterprises will soon no longer require phones.
By  ITP.net Staff Writer Published  October 20, 2010

Vu TelePresence is at this week’s GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK with the ambitious aim of ‘replacing the telephone’.

The company has, according to CEO Akash Saraf, set a new benchmark for affordability in the telepresence field: “A telepresence installation would normally cost around $5,000,” he says. “But we’ve come at the subject from a different angle. We’ve found a way to build the hardware differently, and this has allowed us to offer a full telepresence installation for as little as $1,500. Plus, thanks to our compression techniques our telepresence products work through a normal consumer-class internet connection, so there’s no need for any expensive equipment or bandwidth upgrades.”

Saraf also reveals that the company is in discussions with resellers around the world with a view to providing hire facilities for telepresence installations, meaning that individuals or businesses that do not want to invest in a full, comprehensvie installation of their own can still take part in telepresence conferences with associates around the world.

GITEX marks the Vu technology’s debut in the region. In the two months since its US launch, it has already won over 200 users, while a further 30 customers have built installations in India.

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