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Vu TelePresence Announces SMB-Friendly Remote Conference Offerings

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October 26, 2010

Vu TelePresence Announces SMB-Friendly Remote Conference Offerings

By David Sims, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Vu TelePresence, which makes display systems, announced the availability of its TelePresence systems customized for the needs of SMBs, and “the opening of Vu TelePoints, remote access conference suites available by the hour, to conduct videoconferencing with the Vu system.”

CEO Devita Saraf says Vu is, “a customized product specifically made for entrepreneurs and SMB professionals.” It’s designed to let “entrepreneurial businesses” conduct remote meetings, reviews, and interviews from the office or boardroom “with the realism of higher-end systems costing three to five times the price.”

The Vu TelePresence Pro is currently available for lease at $49.99 per month (without display unit). The complete system can be purchased for $1499.

About as easy to use as instant messaging, company officials say, Vu Telepresence (News - Alert) “operates across low bandwidth environments. It’s available for multiple room size options, while maintaining HD quality images and sound.”

Saraf said he sees it as “the next telephone ,not as a substitute for travel.” Company describe it as having “audio and video with HD picture quality, as well as multi-party conferencing, desktop screen-sharing capability, and 3,000 hours of video recording.”

It comes with a Vu Master Control Unit, Pan-Tilt Zoom Camera with a 3.8 Optical Zoom and a 65-degree field of vision, speakers and a microphone. It comes in two models: Vu TelePresence Pro for private conversations between five locations is suited for individual practices, employee conferences, remote workers, employee offices and even the CEO’s suite, company officials say, adding that Vu Telepresence Premier “is designed for a larger audience in settings such as boardrooms, meeting rooms and classroom environments.”

In a recent conversation between Vu co-founder Akash Saraf and TMC (News - Alert) CEO Rich Tehrani, Saraf said, "The opportunity that we were seeing was …. everyone wants to go after the big clients, we're going after the home business.”

David Sims is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of David’s articles, please visit his columnist page. He also blogs for TMCnet here.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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