PepsiCo has chosen the video conferencing product from Polycom, which allows groups of staff to see each other via special viewing stations. It also enables staff to give presentations from laptops and desktops.
The company is using the technology over ISDN networks, but plans to use it over faster and more cost-effective voice over IP networks next year.
Gill Haggarty, PepsiCo personal productivity delivery manager, said, "The systems were chosen because they are easy to use and reliable and they allow us to hold multipoint calls."
The company's operations in North America and Europe have also installed similar systems. Haggarty said, "As we work on cross-site projects, video conferencing is invaluable to us. It has significantly reduced the need for senior executives to travel to North America and within Europe."
"The technology has also been used for cross-site training, allowing training to be rolled out across eight locations in a week. This would have taken four weeks before the roll-out as we would have had to visit each site."
Haggarty said the group expected to cover the cost of the system in about six months through reduced travel, accommodation costs and man hours.