Cenero, Wharton & Cisco Build Telepresence Classroom of Tomorrow

Contact: Megan York Parker
MYP Communication for Cenero

Cenero, Wharton & Cisco Build Telepresence Classroom of Tomorrow

Malvern, PA – March 18, 2013 – The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania recently unveiled a new classroom that combines life-size visual communication via telepresence with collaboration technologies that allow for faculty, students and alumni to interact regardless of location.

The new Cisco Connected Classroom, designed by audio visual (AV) experts Cenero, connects Wharton’s Philadelphia and San Francisco classrooms so seamlessly that students and faculty feel as if they are in the same room as one another. A floor-to-ceiling screen at the front of the room, along with 80-inch LED monitors on the side walls and large projection screens in the rear all create an immersive experience that makes students on the other coast appear to be seated in rows directly behind local students. Students in the remote classroom can view the professor in life-size high definition on the large floor-to-ceiling screen. The technology virtually connects the two classrooms, creating one multi-presence experience.

The solution allows for leading experts from around the world to teach and directly interact with students from any location, reducing the need for travel and offering access to classes that would normally be unavailable to remote students. Students can also join lectures from PCs and mobile devices and the sessions can be recorded and viewed later.

“Over the years, Cenero has successfully designed and deployed many immersive environments, but Wharton’s classroom is truly unique in that it creates a ‘multi-presence’ variable by allowing instructors the ability to simultaneously interact with local students, far end classroom participants and remote attendees,” said Rob Gilfillan, President of Cenero.

“Cenero has been a tremendously valuable partner to Wharton for almost seven years and we appreciate the partnership of innovation they bring to us as we look to explore how education continues to change with the implementation of technology,” said Dan Alig, Chief Information Officer of Wharton. “Especially in this case, where we were working collaboratively with Cisco to invent something that didn’t exist before in this space we feel Cenero brought a great deal of critical thinking and application to the process in helping us build something new and different.”

“Cenero played an integral part in helping develop this truly collaborative experience,” said Inder Sidhu, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Planning, Worldwide Operations, Cisco. “With their assistance on the design, programming and installation of the rooms, we were able to create interactive classrooms that leverage Cisco TelePresence technology to enhance the way faculty, students and alumni interact.”

About Cenero
Cenero is a service focused audio visual and conferencing solutions provider. With extensive knowledge of the most advanced collaboration and audio visual technologies, the company’s goal is to deliver programs that improve communication and drive efficiency throughout an organization. Cenero provides systems design installation, managed services, cloud-based video solutions and event services for companies throughout North America.