Friday, May 25, 2007

Tele-deportation

Being Here, Working There
With Today's Technology, Videoconferencing Has Reached The Next Level
... videoconferencing as never seen before ...

She works for Cisco, maker of an $80,000 single-screen system. It's so real that people seem to forget Hooshmand is 1,800 miles away.

Hooshmand became an early user of the technology when she moved from California to Texas and her boss, Martin De Beer, didn't want to lose her.

"I can see her through the window when I sit at my desk," said De Beer, vice president of Cisco's emerging markets technology group.

Hooshmand manages De Beer's workload as if she's right next door, with him hardly noticing she's half a continent away.

For businesspeople who have long wished they could be in two places at once, technology is making that almost a reality. The cost may be high — but for big companies, the savings in airline tickets from here to there can make the system almost pay for itself.
The first comment on this story is hilarious:
You think we can get this to work in Mexico? Then we'll just have the Illegals on our laptops.
Hence the headline!

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