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February 1, 2010

Pepsico taps Cisco, BT for telepresence

Plans to deploy telepresence systems across its major offices globally

By CBR Staff Writer

BT and Cisco said that food retailer PepsiCo will be deploying Cisco telepresence systems across its major offices worldwide.

Robert Dixon, senior vice president and global chief information officer of PepsiCo, said: “This new collaboration strategy with BT and Cisco will reinvent the way we work. Global virtual meeting collaboration will enable us to travel less, which will allow for greater productivity and a smaller environmental footprint. In this day and age, it’s simply a smarter way of going about our business.”

The technology includes fully managed concierge-level services from BT, including intercompany capabilities that will help enable cross-company collaboration between PepsiCo, distributors and retailers.

Cisco telepresence systems will create virtual meeting experiences and a combination of HD video and spatial audio provides an alternative to in-person meetings, the companies said.

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Michael Boustridge, president of global services multi-national corporations at BT, said: “We look forward to providing PepsiCo with an easy-to-use, reliable, cost-effective TelePresence experience. This game-changing technology provides live, face-to-face virtual interaction that allows people from different locations to come together and collaborate as if they were all seated in the same room.”

Charles Stucki, vice president of Cisco telepresence systems business unit at Cisco, said: “Cisco TelePresence is transforming the way more than 500 organisations worldwide run their business and collaborate with key partners, customers and suppliers.

“The TelePresence experience has completely reenergised the collaboration industry and will continue to facilitate video innovation that enables companies like PepsiCo to lead the way into a new era of cross-company collaboration never before possible.”

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