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Cisco TelePresence Connects CNN Future Summit Experts on Two Continents

Founder of Wikipedia and Wikia 'Virtually' Joins Panel Discussion on Virtual Worlds
Jun 12, 2007

SINGAPORE - June 12, 2007 - Cisco® TelePresence technology, which enables "in-person" virtual communications, took center stage in an international discussion organized to complement CNN International's upcoming Future Summit series. The global television network secured a panel of experts in Singapore who discussed the future of virtual worlds as Wikipedia and Wikia founder Jimmy Wales joined them from New York. The hour-long program, the latest installment of CNN's on-air and online initiative looking at the impact of technology in everyday life, airs globally on June 13.

Cisco TelePresence is a ground-breaking technology that creates live "face-to-face" meeting experiences using high-definition video and spatial audio over an Internet Protocol (IP) network. TelePresence preserves the important nonverbal cues, such as a raised eyebrow or slump of the shoulders, that studies show make up roughly 60 percent of the information conveyed in a conversation.

With the touch of a button in Cisco's New York City office, Wales was able to join the interactive discussion in Singapore. By being able to remain in New York and go to other meetings during the day, Wales saved travel time and money while increasing his productivity.

"I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the video and audio over the Cisco TelePresence system, it was just like being there in person," said Wales. "It was the first time I was able to be in two places at once; now that's using technology to truly maximize productivity," said Wales.

The cutting-edge TelePresence technology can be seen when the program airs on CNN International Wednesday, June 13, and Saturday, June 16, both at 10 p.m. (Singapore). It replays in July and August. More details are available at the dedicated Website

CNN's Future Summit Virtual Worlds segment features the Cisco TelePresence 1000, a single 65-inch, 1080p high-definition plasma screen that was set up by Cisco engineers with the help of Fujitsu Asia Pte Ltd., a Cisco Gold Certified Partner. The high-speed broadband connections were supplied by SingTel.

"The ability to transform the way people do business and improve their productivity on any given day is the power of Cisco TelePresence technology. Watching an executive virtually participate in a panel discussion on the other side of the world is a perfect showcase of what the future holds," said Charles Stucki, vice president and general manager, Cisco TelePresence Business Unit, Cisco.