iRobot Automates Remote Collaboration with Ava 500

The Ava 500 video collaboration robot has arrived. iRobot Corp, known for its robotic technology-based solutions, is making its latest innovation available in the U.S., Canada and a few European markets via certified Cisco resellers.

Ava 500 is promising to take enterprise telepresence to the next level. The company used words like EUbetter than being thereEU telepresence benefits for remote users combined with a physical presence through freedom of movement. The robot is self-driven and lets you use video to see and be seen during collaborative meetings.

iRobot inked a joint marketing agreement and alliance with Cisco last June. Since then, the company has wrapped up a beta program and field trials at Fortune 500 company sites. The end result, according to iRobot, is visible: globally dispersed teams can collaborate without traveling.

True Remote Collaboration

EUFor truly amazing things to happen, video needs to be available everywhere -- on every pane of glass, in every meeting space, and in all the spaces in between,EU said Rowan Trollope, senior vice president and general manager of CiscoEUs Collaboration Technology Group. EUThe combination of Cisco TelePresence, Cisco wireless networking and iRobot autonomous mobility will help customers collaborate in new ways. This solution demonstrates a level of innovation that we believe is going to be critical to the next wave of growth in the collaboration industry.EU

Tall words, indeed. But the Ava 500 is breaking ground with its hardware and software solution that brings together iRobotEUs autonomous mobile robotics platform with CiscoEUs telepresence solutions. Consider the fact that Ava 500 makes it possible for a telecommuter to perform work just as if he was sitting in a traditional office with the rest of the team. The idea is to create a conversational workplace, even when the workers are all over the world. Bayer AG, for one, is bullish on...

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