Providea Conferencing, LLC Recognized as Cisco TelePresence Authorized Technology Provider and Advanced Unified Communications Specialized Partner in the U.S.

CAMARILLO, Calif., Jan. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Providea Conferencing, LLC announced today that it has achieved Cisco TelePresence Authorized Technology Provider (ATP) status and the Cisco Advanced Unified Communications Specialization. These designations recognize Providea Conferencing as having fulfilled the training requirements and program prerequisites to sell, deploy and support Cisco TelePresence and Cisco Unified Communications solutions, nationwide.

Cisco TelePresence Meeting solution is a revolutionary new category of products that create live, "face-to-face" meeting experiences over an Internet Protocol (IP) network. It combines the reach, intelligence and reliability of the network with the simplicity of a telephone interface to deliver an entirely new way for people to meet and collaborate. Cisco TelePresence Meeting is the first application of Cisco TelePresence technology.

The Cisco Authorized Technology Provider (ATP) Program is part of Cisco's go-to-market strategy for emerging technologies.  The program helps Cisco to define the knowledge, skills and services that channel partners need to successfully sell, deploy and support an emerging technology.  As a Cisco TelePresence ATP partner who demonstrated its credentials as an established service provider with excellent unified communications technical capabilities; Providea Conferencing can now gain access and order directly for its customers the Cisco restricted products in the ATP programs.

"Cisco TelePresence changes the entire realm of communications and collaboration," said Richard McLeod senior director of collaboration for worldwide channels at Cisco. "As a Cisco TelePresence ATP partner, Providea Conferencing has made an investment in the sales, technical, and lifecycle services capabilities that our customers need to help customers successfully deploy complete solutions."

The Cisco Advanced Unified Communications Specialization recognizes Providea Conferencing for its knowledge and expertise in selling, designing, installing, and supporting a comprehensive Unified Communications solution. The focus of the specialization is on developing sales, technical, and services capabilities that distinguish Providea Conferencing as being among the industry's elite in providing integrated, collaborative, adaptive solutions.

"With the attainment of Cisco's ATP and Advanced Unified Communications Specialization designations, and our successful partnership over the past eight years with TANDBERG, we are extremely well positioned to continue our leadership in the visual communications, multi-media and the Managed and Professional Services industry. This is simply one strategic step with several others to follow as we continue to develop, drive and deliver services and solutions that our clients have come to expect and depend upon from Providea Conferencing," stated Providea Conferencing President and CEO, Todd Luttinger.

About Cisco TelePresence

The Cisco TelePresence Meeting solution combines the industry's first ultra-high-definition 1080p video with high-quality, wideband spatial audio, imperceptible latency, and comprehensive environmental design. Meeting participants feel as if they are in the same room, even though they may be on separate continents. With the ability to see and hear others in ultra-high-definition video and wideband spatial audio, users truly experience the subtleties and nuances delivered by body language, eye contact and facial gestures that make up more than 60 percent of communications.  With Cisco TelePresence, participants focus on the meeting and not the technology.

About Providea Conferencing, LLC  

Headquartered in Camarillo, CA with offices nationwide, Providea Conferencing offers a full suite of Telepresence and high-definition video conferencing solutions, along with comprehensive system and network design consultation and world-class support. Founded in 1999, the Providea team boasts years of experience in video conferencing, professional services, multi-media design/build, multi-point bridging, network configuration and the best practices for successful deployment and utilization of these technologies. Leading organizations within financial, legal, technology, healthcare, entertainment, education and government sectors rely on Providea Conferencing.

Cisco, the Cisco logo, Cisco Systems, and Cisco TelePresence are registered trademarks of Cisco Systems Inc. in the United States and certain other countries.

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