HP Promises Easier Videoconferencing With New Halo Tools

Hewlett Packard has announced plans to enable its Halo enterprise videoconferencing service to run on desktop computers and regular internet connections within organisations.

Previously, Halo users have had to purchase an additional life-sized screen costing $125,000 for a two-seat video conferencing studio, as well as a dedicated internet connection offered by HP which costs as much as $10,000 per month.

The existing high-resolution enterprise videoconferencing services offered by companies such as HP and Cisco require a lot of bandwidth to operate smoothly, and require additional routers and switches manufactured by both firms.

Rob Scott, vice president and general manager of Halo Telepresence Solutions, HP, said: “Companies need a complete portfolio of endpoint solutions, including video at the desktop, on mobile devices and in conference rooms, so they can collaborate more effectively.”

HP says that its new Halo video conferencing tool has been developed in partnership with Vidyo Inc., a privately held firm based in New Jersey. HP says the new system will help corporations to lower the cost of videoconferencing.

The new product will be offered by HP later in the year.

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