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It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year: Santa Visits Children's Hospitals across the Country via Cisco Video Technology

GREENBELT, Md., Dec. 9, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- With Christmas rapidly approaching, Santa is putting the final touches on his list and checking it twice. Again this year, Presidio and Cisco are teaming up with medical centers across North America to provide children who are hospitalized during the holidays the opportunity to speak to Santa, and let him know which toys they hope to get for Christmas. Santa will visit hospitals from his home at the North Pole, making virtual cyber-stops along the way using the latest mobile and collaboration technologies from Cisco Systems Unified Collaboration platform.

These hospitals, with the help of Cisco and Presidio, are bringing a live feed of the North Pole to their young patients – using either an iPad, or a video monitor and web-enabled camera. Santa will visit with children in the hospital's playroom. For children that are not able to leave their rooms, there will be a bedside visits on a mobile cart or iPad enabled with Cisco Jabber software.

"This is a wonderful chance for Presidio to partner with our healthcare clients to make an impact in their patients' and their family's lives," said Bob Cagnazzi, CEO, Presidio. "The technologies and solutions that we deliver impact business results daily, but this is an example of how versatile and powerful these collaborative technologies really are. We look forward to participating in this program every year."

Much like children who are able to sit on Santa's lap, patients will have the opportunity to pass along their wishes this holiday season in plenty of time for St. Nick to make his list and check it twice.

About Presidio

Presidio is the leading provider of professional and managed services for advanced IT solutions. By taking the time to deeply understand how our clients define success, we architect enduring technology solutions that address their business needs. Our approach blends the credibility to deliver practical results today, with the creativity to drive the business visions of tomorrow. More than 2,400 Presidio IT professionals, 1,500 of which are engineers with over 2,000 industry leading certifications, are based in 50+ offices across the US. We serve our clients through a unique, local delivery model while capitalizing on our scale as a multi-billion dollar industry leader. We are passionate about driving results for our clients and delivering the highest quality of service in the industry. For more information visit: www.presidio.com.

Contact Information
For additional information please contact:
Mike French
Chief Marketing Officer
469-549-3800
mike.french@presidio.com

About Cisco Santa Connection

During the 2014 holiday season, more than 40 hospitals across the U.S. and Mexico will participate in the Cisco Santa Connection Program. This interactive experience enables hospitalized children to remotely connect and communicate with Santa using Cisco's video collaboration technologies. Through the magic of the Internet, the children are connected over video directly to Santa's workshop in the North Pole where they can share their wish lists directly with Old St. Nick. After a personal conversation with Santa, children can join their families and enjoy a holiday party complete with gifts at the hospital. Santa Connection was developed eight years ago to provide children and their families a bit of holiday cheer and happiness during their hospital stay. For more information, please contact Sarah Rich (sarich@cisco.com).

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CONTACT: Mike French Chief Marketing Officer 469-549-3800 mike.french@presidio.com

Source: Presidio