• P. J. Sheppard
  • G. R. Walker

Part of the BT Telecommunications Series book series (BTTS, volume 16)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. G R Walker, P J Sheppard
    Pages 1-13
  3. I Parke
    Pages 14-25
  4. D L Gibson, D Pauley, L Willis
    Pages 27-39
  5. M P Hollier, A N Rimell, D Burraston
    Pages 40-56
  6. P Cordell, M Courtenay, S Rudkin
    Pages 74-98
  7. A V Lewis, G Cosier
    Pages 99-141
  8. M W Whybray, D G Morrison, P J Mulroy
    Pages 142-169
  9. C M Greenhalgh, A Bullock, J Tromp, S D Benford
    Pages 170-207
  10. A N Mortlock, D Machin, S McConnell, P J Sheppard
    Pages 208-225
  11. D M Traill, J M Bowskill, P J Lawrence
    Pages 227-243
  12. C K Sidhu, P A Bowman
    Pages 244-262
  13. R W Picard, G Cosier
    Pages 263-285
  14. M P Hollier, R Voelcker
    Pages 286-305
  15. S J Powers, M R Hinds, J Morphett
    Pages 306-322
  16. P Garner, M Collins, S M Webster, D A D Rose
    Pages 323-332
  17. C J H Fowler, J T Mayes
    Pages 334-349
  18. D J T Heatley, I B Cockburn, F T Lyne, A K Williamson, K J Fisher, I Neild et al.
    Pages 350-366
  19. Back Matter
    Pages 367-383

About this book


Telepresence is enabling human interaction at a distance, creating a sense of being present at a remote location. In the next millennium we are certain to be increasingly `telepresent' both at work and at play, with an expanding market for telepresence services. As we move from a physical to an information economy, demand will grow for services which transport bits not atoms and which support the output of the human mind. Moreover, technology continues to advance at an unprecedented rate, and it could be suggested that we are reaching key breakpoints in client processing power and global network interconnectivity.
In practice, telepresence systems utilise a very wide range of technologies. In compiling this book the editors have included chapters from across these technologies which they have broadly classified as audio, data, video and virtual environments. Telepresence gives a flavour of the exciting developments in telepresence and teleconferencing technologies being researched and developed within BT.
Just as the telephone began changing the world a century ago, so will telepresence one day alter the way we live, think, do business and react to the world around us. The potential for these technologies is staggering, the implications mind-boggling.
Building on a strong base of established audiovisual conferencing and interactive multimedia services, BT and MCI are leading the way in defining the commercial applications of telepresence that will shape the future of global telecommunication.
Telepresence is a snapshot of these groundbreaking activities and conveys the complexity, uncertainty and enthusiasm involved in this challenging and exciting work. It is essential reading for all researchers, engineers and managers working in this stimulating field.


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Editors and affiliations

  • P. J. Sheppard
    • 1
  • G. R. Walker
    • 2
  1. 1.Natural Communication SystemsB.T. LaboratoriesUK
  2. 2.B.T. LaboratoriesUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers, Boston 1999
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-7414-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-5291-8
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