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Sabre, Cisco to Offer Telepresence Platform

August 12, 2010 By: George Dooley

Sabre Travel Network

announced plans to collaborate with Cisco on the development of the industry’s first telepresence distribution and reservation platform. This will enable agencies and corporations to book services from any telepresence provider and any point of sale. Telepresence uses high-definition video and audio for meeting participants.

Using the telepresence distribution platform, users will be able to view room availability in real time, book meetings, and review applicable rates and restrictions, extending access to a broader set of collaboration capabilities available to corporations. Public telepresence providers and private corporations will have the ability to provide open or restricted access to their rooms through the platform. For example, public telepresence suite providers could provide open access to view and reserve their rooms, while corporations with private rooms could restrict viewership to their employees and select business partners.

The new platform will leverage Sabre’s expertise in building highly scalable reservation and distribution systems with Cisco’s telepresence technology. By bringing an industry solution to market, Sabre will be able to offer corporations and agencies a true “travel and collaboration management” solution that maximizes their returns on collaboration investments. Additionally, by utilizing the existing workflows in place for booking and managing travel through tools like Sabre’s GetThere, companies can build awareness of this technology and increase utilization of existing telepresence rooms.

“For years, corporations and agencies have been using Sabre and GetThere technology to effectively manage their business travel and today it remains one of the primary tools used to collaborate,” said Greg Webb, president of Sabre Travel Network. “Over the past few years, we’ve also seen the demand for telepresence grow and become an important collaboration technology that, like travel, drives business and economic growth for our customers.”



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