Polycom Adds Affordable VTC Solutions for Medium and Small Businesses

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Polycom announced today a new portfolio of solutions designed for medium-sized businesses that the company says makes it easier to purchase, install, deliver and manage enterprise-grade video collaboration.

Polycom RealPresence Collaboration Server 800s, Virtual Edition, is a multi-protocol, integrated software MCU that runs on industry-standard servers, connecting video systems using the open standards-based SVC protocol with video systems using other protocols, such as AVC, to the same meeting without expensive gateways or extra licenses. The RealPresence Collaboration Server 800s supports open standards-based SVC, delivering 3X HD multipoint video capacity and is ideal for mid-sized enterprises such as professional service firms, as well as for larger organizations with branch offices. The RealPresence Collaboration Server 800s, Virtual Edition, is part of the Polycom RealPresence Platform.

RealPresence Collaboration Server 800s, Virtual Edition represents a significant step forward in delivering virtualized video collaboration from the datacenter. Polycom plans to deliver additional software MCUs for industry-standard servers in the future.

polycom-group300-1012Polycom’s mid-market video collaboration endpoint solutions include:

  • RealPresence Group 300 with SmartPairing Technology and EagleEye Acoustic Camera is the next generation of HD video collaboration systems for smaller spaces that need high-quality video calls at an affordable price. RealPresence Group 300 features HD video quality and Polycom’s HD audio technology, including Polycom “ConstantClarity” technology for high-quality audio and video, even in challenging environments. In addition, patent-pending Polycom SmartPairing, built into RealPresence Mobile 2.0, wirelessly connects Apple iPads to RealPresence Group 300 systems, letting users control video meetings with their tablets and transfer a live video call from their tablet to a big screen. Polycom is also offering the new EagleEye Acoustic camera, an easy-to-install and cost-effective accessory for smaller spaces that includes built-in microphones and electronic pan, tilt and zoom at 1080p30.
  • Polycom RealPresence Desktop 2.0 is a new, affordable, enterprise-quality video collaboration software application for Windows and Mac OS X-based PCs and laptops. The solution extends the benefits of Polycom RealPresence video collaboration from the office desk to the home or wherever a user travels when on the go. The system includes features such as a corporate directory search, the ability to select a specific application for content sharing, and far-end (remote) camera control. RealPresence Desktop is the next generation of desktop software applications from Polycom.
  • polycom-realpresence2-1012Polycom RealPresence Mobile 2.0 is a software application that lets customers securely extend video collaboration beyond the conference room to easily connect tablets and smartphones (iOS and Android) with other standards-based video systems. The updated app includes the new patent-pending SmartPairing technology, initially for the iPad. For iPad users, additional features include content sharing and far-end camera control (see video, related press release). RealPresence Mobile is available for more than a dozen popular Apple and Android devices.

Polycom RealPresence Group 300 is available to order now. The Polycom EagleEye Acoustic camera will be available in November 2012. Polycom RealPresence Desktop 2.0 for Windows will be available in November 2012 and for Apple Mac OS X, in the first-half of 2013. Polycom RealPresence Mobile 2.0 will be available as a free download from the Apple AppStore and Google Play in November 2012. Initially, SmartPairing will run on the iPad 2 and the new iPad, with capabilities to connect to the Polycom RealPresence Group 300.

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