Telepresence in Iraq
Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) and Verizon Enterprise Solutions have set up four telepresence rooms for U.S. soldiers to connect with their families back home. Two rooms are located in remote military bases in Iraq while the other two are located at Wal-Mart stores in the U.S. -- one in California and the other in New York. (See Troops Get TelePresence.)
While this is a heartwarming story, it's also another milestone in the development of telepresence technology, as it is the first time Cisco has conducted telepresence meetings via satellite. To accomplish this, Skyport installed the satellite ground links at the two bases in Iraq.
So while the main purpose of telepresence from Cisco's perspective is to save rich Fortune 500 executives money, it's nice to see that it's also being used to better the lives of those who don't stand to benefit Cisco at all.
— Raymond McConville, Reporter, Light Reading