Polycom Announces Executive Desktop Conferencing, also New Conferencing System for Service Providers

Polycom announced the Polycom HDX 4000 series, an executive desktop video conferencing systems that offers a complete UltimateHD experience including HD voice, HD video and HD content-sharing capabilities. This is designed to work with Polycom conference room and telepresence video systems (as well as other standards-based, IP video conferencing systems). This desktop solution supports any video collaboration application, says Polycom, including those with hefty technical requirements.

The Polycom HDX 4000 can be used as a personal system, at a small table, or in a small conference room to support up to four people on camera. HDX 4000 systems include all the necessary components — an integrated 20-inch 16:9 display that can double as a PC monitor; a built-in HD camera with pan-tilt-zoom capability; integrated dual HDX microphones, high-fidelity speakers and subwoofers; a standards-based HDX video conferencing codec; and a stand with an integrated keypad that allows users to dial or answer video calls just like a telephone.

The Polycom HDX 4000 Series can be ordered today through certified Polycom channel partners with availability planned for the fourth quarter of 2007. North America list price starts at $7,999.

Polycom also announced the Polycom Proxias application server targeting service providers. Proxias is a carrier-class platform that lets service providers offer rich-media conferencing services across geographies, organizations and workgroups. It provides on-demand mixed-media (voice, video, content) conferencing and collaboration services, and it is scalable, able to handle developing and deploying these applications across networks, platforms, and devices. It uses the IMS architecture.