HP launches Halo telepresence system

Hoping to capitalize on the rising costs of energy and travel, Hewlett-Packard Co. announced today a two- and four-seat versions of its room-size high-end Halo videoconferencing system. The new HP Halo Collaboration Center can be moved to multiple locations, such as a conference room or an executive's office. Pricing will start at $120,000 for hardware […]

Hoping to capitalize on the rising costs of energy and travel, Hewlett-Packard Co. announced today a two- and four-seat versions of its room-size high-end Halo videoconferencing system.

The new HP Halo Collaboration Center can be moved to multiple locations, such as a conference room or an executive's office. Pricing will start at $120,000 for hardware in each room, in addition to a monthly $12,000 service fee that includes network costs, HP officials said.

The hardware for one room includes two or four chairs, movable front and back walls, a table, a high-definition video camera, a large monitor, and related audio and switching equipment, said Mark Gorzynski, HP Halo's chief scientist. HP owns and controls the global network and hubs that transmit the video streams, to ensure the video quality for important telepresence meetings, he said. Up to four locations can be served simultaneously, and that number can be expanded with videoconferencing gear from HP partner Tandberg.

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