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Musion TelePresence Launch: London to Berlin

On Wednesday 12th November 2008, Musion’s very own Telepresence system orchestrated a show stopping Star Wars style holographic communication in real time between London and Berlin for the BlachReportDialog, a German live communications conference.

Ian O’Connell, Director of Musion Systems appeared as a life-size holographic projection transmitted from a studio in London to a live audience in Berlin. The reaction from the audience was over whelming, after the presentation leaders of the German communication industry swarmed the stage to get a closer look at the technology. RTL, Germany’s leading commercial television station, got so excited at the afternoon rehearsal, they sent a journalist and crew to London and filmed their own show simultaneously in London and Berlin.

This exciting demonstration was created with the help of Masergy, who provided a communications network with exceptional video transport enabling high definition images and sound. Masergy also provided the London studio for the 3D transmission.

“This demonstration represents what is possible when you combine incredible video technology with an advanced video network,” said John Dumbleton, SVP and Managing Director of Masergy.

The possibilities of our new Holographic Telepresence system are endless, as best described by Ian O’Connell himself:

“Most telecommunications companies see it mostly for use in the boardroom but we think it can be far more inclusive than that. Because it’s bi-directional both sides interact in real time, so it could work in education where a teacher can be transmitted to a class of two or three hundred but by using touch screen technology, she could home in on any PC for one to one with a particular student. Churches can transmit charismatic preachers, prisoners can have visits with their families in their own living rooms, engineers and inventors can collaborate, entertainers can appear in nightclubs to launch a new album in 1,000 music stores simultaneously or your front room and the possibilities for politicians are obvious. What the implications are for dating I dread to think. If you think the internet transformed everything, if you think You Tube and MySpace are great, where will this go?”

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