Cisco TelePresence

Cisco’s TelePresence technology invites vivid collaboration with partners down the street or around the globe. This service is available for use by faculty, staff, students and university partners at two locations on campus due to the generosity of John and Tashia Morgridge. The technology offers high-definition, low delay videoconferencing designed to make people feel like they are meeting face-to-face instead of screen-to-screen.

Built into specially designed rooms in the Discovery Building and on Bascom Hill in the Education Building, it allows users to connect with other TelePresence rooms, videoconferencing systems, smart phones and the Cisco Jabber Video software for the Mac/PC/iPad.
During a videoconference, the monitor displays an identical semicircular table in the remote TelePresence room, making the tables at each site appear as one round table. When a person in the remote room speaks, he or she sounds and feels as though they are in the room with the local participants.

The Discovery TelePresence room can accommodate up to 18 participants and the Bascom Hill site can serve up to 14. Both rooms also can seat additional viewers and connect simultaneously with multiple sites. Connections are possible with thousands of TelePresence and other fixed camera videoconferencing rooms, or can be dialed in remotely with a laptop, tablet computer or smart phone.  
Discovery, DoIT, Education and WARF staff strive to offer TelePresence at no cost to users. However, in some cases it may be necessary to pass along the cost of outside service providers. Both rooms — at the Discovery and Education Buildings — can be reserved online. Scheduling in advance ensures availability of the room when needed, encourages pre-meeting planning and allows timely notifications to participants of time and passcode information.
For information about using Discovery’s TelePresence room, please complete our reservation request form.

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The TelePresence room seats the participants in front of a wall of high-definition monitors and exceptional acoustical equipment. As many as 40 locations can connect in real time.
John and Tashia Morgridge
A similar unit has been installed in UW–Madison’s Education Building, which has been newly expanded and renovated due to a generous gift from John and Tashia Morgridge, the UW–Madison alumni whose $50 million gift led to the development of the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. John Morgridge is chairman emeritus of Cisco Systems and a member of the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation’s board of trustees.