WhyGo, the world’s largest online booking system for video conferencing and telepresence facilities, has announced a partnership with Telepresence Exchange International, the world’s premiere telepresence exchange service, to provide users with a way to connect any telepresence system to any network. The article from PRWeb explains the kind of problems that this partnership will solve:
“Immersive Telepresence today still has equipment and network connection barriers. To the non tech savvy what this means is some Telepresence equipment worth $100,000’s on certain networks will not connect to other equipment on other networks. The reasons vary but the key ones are equipment incompatibility, which is becoming less of an issue every week, but mainly network providers not interconnecting their networks. For example, Cisco Telepresence users on the AT&T network cannot connect there Cisco Telepresence systems to say any of the 42 public TelePresence rooms on the TATA network.”
Though many have considered that the burden lies on the service providers to create compatible solutions for more interoperability in the video conferencing world, it seems that the combination fo WhyGo and TPEX’s systems and expertise will allow users to enjoy a much simpler telepresence experience. This partnership’s goal effectively cuts out a large amount of red tape commonly associated with the technology and could stand to attract new customers thanks to the simplification of usage.
The partnership also creates an interesting competitive field in the telepresence market. Service providers of video conferencing systems must now rely completely on their business’s strengths and the products they provide to attract new customers, as there will no longer be much of a connection between network providers and video conferencing systems.