Amid telepresence turmoil, LifeSize rolls out Unity systems

Summary:LifeSize's pitch is that the Unity systems can just be plugged into any room without worrying about microphone placement, furniture and room makeovers

Logitech's LifeSize unit introduced new HD telepresence systems designed for companies that want a simple set-up without restructuring and rebuilding a conference room.

The new Unity Series---the LifeSize Unity 50 and LifeSize Unity 500---are all in one units that are HD.

LifeSize's pitch is that the Unity systems can just be plugged into any room without worrying about microphone placement, furniture and room makeovers.

The move from LifeSize comes as both Polycom and Cisco have reported turmoil in the telepresence market.

Polycom cut its growth expectations and Cisco reported flat telepresence sales. Cisco said its wounds were self-inflicted due to poor execution, but you have to wonder.

Cisco CEO John Chambers said:

Our telepresence business for example historically had tremendous success in the public sector and enterprise markets. As we saw continued pressure in public sector and enterprise spending we also saw the impact on our telepresence results.

If the telepresence market is becoming more cost conscious, LifeSize's all-in-one play could work. The LifeSize Unity 50 starts at $3,999 and the Unity 5000 starts at $19,999.

Topics: Cisco

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