Siemens targets Cisco TelePresence with lower-cost alternative on a common platform

Siemens Communications is targeting its OpenScape Video HD video set at Cisco's TelePresence but at the fraction of the cost, writes Australian IT. Starting at 6.499 Euros ($9,931), Siemens claims OpenScape is "the first single-vendor, unified conferencing solution integrating [HD] video, desktop, PC video, voice and presence." OpenScape is part of Siemen's unified communnications server, also announced this week, designed to enable its communications applications to run using a common UC server rather than each application having its own dedicated hardware/software platform.This means that video and video endpoints can participate in the same conference cals and use the same directory and call numbering plans, says Siemens.

Does this make Siemens telepresence a better alternative to Cisco's?

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