HP launches lower-end Halo videoconferencing

Summary:Hewlett-Packard has announced a low-end version of its Halo videoconferencing platform, which allows customers to strip away some of the expensive "optional extras"

Hewlett-Packard has announced a low-end version of its Halo videoconferencing platform, which allows customers to strip away some of the expensive "optional extras".

Released last year, Halo Studio is a custom-built videoconferencing room that includes floor-to-ceiling interior design and fabric, furniture and lighting -- in addition to high-end audio and video equipment co-developed with Dreamworks Animation. The studio carries a hefty price-tag of US$349,000, in addition to the ongoing fee of US$18,000 per location, per month.

The new Halo Meeting Room is priced at US$249,000 and includes the same audio and video equipment that the Halo Studio offers -- running on its fibre-based Halo Video Exchange Network -- but the matching back wall and lighting kits are sold as optional extras. It's being promoted to smaller organisations or those that may not want to invest in a permanent installation.

A single studio allows participants to broadcast video of themselves and/or computer presentations to colleagues in remote locations in real-time. It consists of three plasma monitors, cameras, audio, lighting and access to a dedicated Halo video exchange network.

Customers are responsible for providing a "shell" build of the studio, while Hewlett-Packard performs the fit-out.

Networking giant Cisco offers a similar product -- the Cisco TelePresence Meeting system..

TelePresence simulates a regular meeting environment, using three 65-inch ultra-high definition 1080p panels and three cameras aligned along one side of a boardroom table.

Halo customers include BHP Billiton, PepsiCo and AMD.

Steven Deare contributed to this report. Luke Anderson travelled to New York as a guest of HP.

Topics: Hewlett-Packard

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