I have a product development department in Mexico, we collaborate mainly with Michigan and distance seems to be a problem as with all distributed teams.
Whenever I travel to Michigan, I end up solving all kinds of pending matters with people just by bumping into them in hallways, so I thought "if I can't go to the hallway, I'll have the hallway come to me", then I thought: I need permanent telepresence.
I envision having 1 TV at both places at a main hallway, and have it act like a window. The key thing here is: not having to set up conferences, just have a permanently open video stream.
My questions are: has anyone seen anything like this?, and if so, have you seen it actually work?, why yes or why not?; do you know any commercial and/or open-source solutions that works like this (permanent open video stream)?
Note: the question referred as duplicate is not. This is not a supervisory problem, this is a collaboration problem among distributed teams.