Tandberg is a manufacturer of videoconferencing systems, located in Oslo, Norway with offices in New York City, United States and a global distribution network. The company was founded as Tandbergs Radiofabrikk in 1933 creating broadcast equipment including radios, speakers and microphones. In the early 1950’s Tandberg created the world’s first reel to reel, portable, recorders and this invention revolutionised the world with high profile use by President John F. Kennedy recording many meetings in the Cabinet Room of the White House, including those associated with the Cuban Missile Crisis.
The company found itself split into two distinct business units - Television and Data storage. It was a major initial innovator in the field of ISDN communication in the late 1970’s and the fully integrated Vision H.320 picture telephone was launched in 1993. This led quickly to more high performance systems, such as Grand Vision and Master Vision series with new desktop functionality. Eventually after two decades of innovation in the field of broadcast equipment, Tandberg was acquired by networking equipment manufacturer Cisco Systems in 2010.
The Tandberg brand is still retained and used by Cisco and the current product offering includes video conferencing, mobile collaboration and cloud applications and is used greatly by companies of all sizes, globally.