In Virtually Flu-Free Meetings Forbes writers Andy Greenberg and Quentin Hardy look at the rise of telepresence systems. Their angle? Avoid swine flu by avoiding travel.
With the specter of swine flu rising, companies have yet another reason to consider holding their meetings virtually rather than sending executives on planes. That’s good news for the likes of giants like Cisco and Hewlett-Packard as well as for smaller companies that offer specialized telepresence networking gear.
The article has some beautiful pictures of big screen video conferencing systems from Cisco, and talks about installations costing $300,000 along with an extra $10,000 per month in bandwidth costs.
There are low cost alternatives to travel, however. Forbes mentions solutions like Skype and Sightspeed, or … perhaps even a conference call? Obvious, I know, but they overlooked that one.