October 28, 2009 16:18 ET

TANDBERG Plan B Business Continuity Solution Tackles Health and Business Efficiency Concerns Brought on by Swine Flu

Cost-Effective Video Conferencing Solution Helps Companies Stay Visually Connected to Maintain Productivity in the Event of Mass Absences

NEW YORK, NY and OSLO, NORWAY--(Marketwire - October 28, 2009) - The flu season is in full swing and the U.S. Center for Disease Control estimates that 40 percent of the population will be impacted in the coming months. This powerful statistic has prompted businesses to investigate telework and travel replacement programs that allow for workplace efficiency and productivity without compromising employees' health. Many companies of all sizes are turning to video conferencing as a way to help colleagues, managers and employees stay visually connected without risking exposure to illness. To help fill this demand, TANDBERG today unveiled its TANDBERG Plan B Business Continuity Solution, a cost-effective solution that can be implemented quickly to deliver optimized video communications to remote employees, regardless of what network they're on.

"When epidemics like H1N1 strike, companies are forced to re-assess their business continuity plans to ensure possible business impact is minimized or avoided all together," said Dr. Robert C. Chandler, an expert on organizational behavior and communication during human health crises. "Preparedness and communication are the foundation to any effective plan. Given the widespread risk of H1N1, businesses with the ability to maintain communication via virtual face-to-face connectivity will undoubtedly come out ahead."

A video-enabled business continuity plan allows employees to communicate safely and effectively during a crisis or disruption. TANDBERG's new Plan B Business Continuity Solution includes ten E20 desktop video over IP phones, a Video Communications Server (VCS), Video Conference Expressway and TANDBERG Management Suite (TMS). Together, the package allows for:

--  Instant high-resolution visual communications between employees,
    wherever they are located
--  A complete plug-and-play video solution that can be deployed quickly
    in the event of a disaster
--  Seamless face-to-face business communications between employees,
    partners, vendors and customers
--  Interoperability with other standards-based video and telepresence
    systems to maximize the value of existing video solutions
--  Optimized video collaboration across different networks for employees
    working remotely
--  A total business communications tool -- with a simple, intuitive
    interface and enhanced calling features

"In today's recovering economy, businesses cannot afford to be slowed down by the impacts of the H1N1 virus, business disruptions or disasters," said Rick Snyder, President of Global Business, TANDBERG. "TANDBERG's Plan B Business Continuity Solution helps our customers implement high quality video quickly and protect their employees while also maintaining growth and productivity. Our standards based solutions enable companies to maintain visual communication within and outside of their organizations so business as usual can continue even when working conditions are different."

BusinessWeek reported that IT consulting firm Dimension Data asked its employees in Mexico to take client meetings and internal meetings via video conferencing whenever possible when the Swine Flu broke out in Mexico last May. The company attributed its investment in desktop and room-based video conferencing systems to helping maintain productivity and keeping all of their employees healthy.

Business Continuity Resource Center:

-- Top Five Ways Visual Communications Can Help Business Deal with Workplace Illness

-- Business Continuity Solutions Sheet

-- Six Points for Improving Crisis Communication Plans

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TANDBERG is the leading global provider of telepresence, high-definition video conferencing and mobile video products and services with dual headquarters in New York and Norway. TANDBERG designs, develops and markets systems and software for video, voice and data. The company provides sales, support and value-added services in more than 90 countries worldwide. TANDBERG is publicly traded on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker TAA.OL. Please visit for more information.

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