KBZ First to Offer iRobot Ava™ 500 Video Collaboration Robot with Cisco TelePresence

Oct 25, 2013, 08:15 ET from KBZ

DOYLESTOWN, Pa., Oct. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- KBZ, a Cisco Authorized Distributor specializing in Collaboration, Unified Communications and TelePresence solutions, today announced that it will be the first to distribute the iRobot Ava 500 video collaboration robot in the US.

iRobot Ava 500 blends together iRobot's autonomous robotic mobility platform with the Cisco TelePresence EX Series personal system to deliver a new level of collaboration for office environments and other facilities. The robot allows those working off-site to more personally participate within highly collaborative teams and enables a mobile presence to areas including manufacturing facilities, laboratories, customer experience centers and other remote facilities in a supply chain. With Ava 500, a remote worker sitting in front of any standards-based video collaboration system can meet with colleagues in an office setting or take part in experiences, like a facility tour, that would otherwise be difficult or impossible from afar.

"Offering the ability to be anywhere at any time, Ava 500 allows KBZ's resellers to tap into new market opportunities by extending the boundaries of traditional video conferencing," said Youssef Saleh, senior vice president and general manager of iRobot's Remote Presence business unit. "KBZ has a tremendous presence in the video conferencing market, and we look forward to working with them to bring Ava 500 to the enterprise."

KBZ has a nationwide sales and services team of Collaboration experts that enable partner success with Cisco TelePresence solutions. "We're extremely excited to be working with iRobot to make this game-changing mobile telepresence technology available through our reseller partners," said Kyle Zorzi, vice president of KBZ. "With our long history of video and engineering expertise, we are poised to support our partners with sales, installation and service of the Ava 500."

iRobot Ava 500 is targeted for availability in early 2014 through KBZ's Cisco Reseller Partner community. Cisco Resellers who are interested in becoming a KBZ Partner may contact info@kbz.com for more information.

About KBZ
KBZ, www.kbz.com, is a leading Cisco Authorized Distributor and Cisco Advanced Collaboration Architecture Specialization Certified Partner with unmatched expertise in the Cisco Collaboration, TelePresence and UC portfolio of products. KBZ is recognized for technical expertise and exceptional partner support, combined with sales, marketing, professional services, and logistical expertise for Cisco Collaboration, TelePresence and UC solutions. KBZ is a privately held corporation headquartered in Doylestown, PA with offices throughout the US. For more information about KBZ, please contact info@kbz.com.

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