Use of Telepresence Meetings can be Key in the Establishment of Lean Manufacturing Processes

Released on: February 1, 2008, 3:48 am

Press Release Author: Hemisphere Expo Services Inc.

Industry: Telecommunications

Press Release Summary: Telepresence World 2008 to highlight benefits of telepresence
technology for manufacturing industry

Press Release Body: London: Friday 1st February, 2008 - By replicating an in-person
meeting experience using high definition video, high resolution displays, and
crystal clear audio, telepresence offers a unique way to streamline meetings, share
data, and collaborate on processes critical to manufacturing. According to the US
Department of Commerce (NISTIR 6383), telepresence "provides the ability to turn
processes that involve multiple organisations and that are typically conducted
sequentially, into processes that can be conducted concurrently and efficiently".
Minimising the use of resources associated with travel, product development, and
production is one of the core tenets of lean manufacturing, which by definition, is
the practice of "using less of everything" to take products to market quickly and

Attendees of Telepresence World 2008 London, which will take place 18th - 19th March
at the internationally acclaimed ExCel London Exhibition and Conference Centre, will
learn how telepresence is helping to shape manufacturing paradigms of the future and
will provide a unique opportunity to experience telepresence technology. Live
demonstrations will be provided by the world's top telepresence providers, including
Diamond Sponsors Teliris, Cisco, and Hewlett Packard.

Over the past few decades, the business community has witnessed the rise of the
multinational corporation. Company CEOs and managers of these conglomerates quickly
realised that the efficient coordination of widely distributed resources was a
critical factor in their success or failure. With telepresence technology, global
manufacturing firms can now manage distant facilities easily and effectively.
Telepresence can be used not only for meetings, collaboration and development; it
can also be used for supply chain integration, quality control, equipment
demonstrations, plant tours, machine maintenance and checks, and customer-client
interactions such as merchandise testing and focus groups.

More specifically, telepresence can help manufacturers gain advantage in the
marketplace by:

. Enhancing collaboration in the research and development phase. Many telepresence
systems incorporate document imaging and object cameras into their design. With
telepresence, companies can show remote partners or developers close-up views of
prototypes, experimental models, and annotate these models on screen to produce
collaborative designs in real-time.

. Expediting training of the corporate workforce. New operational initiatives or
technical improvements to manufacturing equipment and processes can be communicated
to employees quickly and efficiently. Rapid training means less down time and
enhanced return on investment.

. Speeding product time to market. Telepresence allows convenient customer and
client interaction from anywhere in the world, providing immediate feedback on new
offerings. Buyers can see new products in crystal clear detail without waiting for
delivery service.

. Improving customer care. Superior customer service can attract new clients and
investors while improving retention rates among existing ones. Telepresence
technologies enable companies to provide virtual, personalised service to consumers,
thereby reducing costly onsite travel time.

Delegates to the London conference will also have access to a concurrent exhibition
located adjacent to the main conference hall featuring a variety of
telepresence-related vendors and service providers, many of whom will be showcasing
products designed specifically for customer service and manufacturing applications.

Diamond Sponsors of Telepresence World 2008 London include Teliris, Cisco, and
Hewlett-Packard. BT has joined as a Gold Sponsor and Network Sponsorship will be
provided by Masergy Communications. The Interactive Media & Collaborative
Communications Alliance (IMCCA) and the European Association of Healthcare IT
Managers are Strategic Alliance partners. Organisational Supporters include the
International Society of Presence Research (ISPR), Digital Content Forum (DCF), the
Communications Management Association (CMA), the British Computer Society (BCS), and
the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education (OBHE). Audio Visual (AV) Magazine,
AV News, Connect World, CXO, Education Business, European CEO, Government
Technology, Health Business, Healthcare IT, New Media Age, Report Buyer, Total
Telecom, and Videoconferencing Insight Newsletter are among a growing listing of
Media Sponsors who have signed on to promote the event. Telepresence World 2008
London is presented in association with Frost & Sullivan and is a CarbonNeutral

Additional major sponsor announcements will be released in the next few weeks;
however partner and exhibitor opportunities are still available; please email for details. For more information on Telepresence World
events, see: To view "Telepresence in Action,"
please visit . To find out more about telepresence,
read the latest news, and participate in the global dialogue surrounding this
fantastic technology, please join us at

About Hemisphere Expo Services, Inc.
Established in 1990, The Hemisphere Group has produced events throughout Asia,
India, and the Americas. Their events portfolio includes conferences, seminars, and
tradeshows on topics ranging from aerospace to finance. Known today as Hemisphere
Expo Services, Inc., they provide expertise in the production and management of
events relating to high-technology advancements. (

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