What is WebEx Telepresence? How do WebEx and Telepresence come together?

WebEx Telepresence allows participants in WebEx meetings to connect via video with participants using Telepresence video conferencing endpoints (traditional H.323 and SIP videoconferencing). Standard room based videoconferencing systems use H.323 or SIP as the protocol to connect rooms and control the call. Traditional manufacturers, like Cisco and Polycom, use these protocols. WebEx on the other hand, uses a proprietary protocol that is unable to directly communicate with traditional room systems.

Did Google Miss the Mark with their Chromebox Room System?

Google recently announced their Google Chromebox, a low-end room system starting below $1,000. It is well packaged with a small codec, camera and mic/speaker. Google wasn’t the first to announce a product like this. Logitec announced one a few weeks prior. Cisco announced their low-end room system just last week and they probably won’t be the last to do so. Does Google and other small room systems providers think these low-end room systems will become ubiquitous?