Polycom Ships First Wave of Industry Transforming Video Collaborations Solutions Announced in October at Polycom Strategy Day

Tue Dec 18, 2012 8:30am EST

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* Polycom RealPresence Platform enhancements include industry`s first open
standards-based SVC (Scalable Video Coding), with 3X HD multipoint video call
capacity for greater scalability, dramatically lower TCO, superior performance,
and backwards- and forwards-compatibility to protect customer investments-all
available through a software update
* Polycom RealPresence Collaboration Server 800s, Virtual Edition, the
industry`s first multi-protocol (SVC and AVC), integrated software MCU that runs
on industry-standard servers
* Updated Polycom RealPresence Desktop 2.0 Software for PCs and laptops, and
Polycom RealPresence Mobile 2.0 for tablets and smartphones includes new Polycom
user interface (UI) for ease of use and now support both AVC and SVC protocols
* New Polycom RealPresence Group Series solutions leverage new UI,
patent-pending SmartPairing technology, and offer the industry`s best HD video
(up to 1080p60 resolution), content sharing, crystal-clear audio
* Polycom extends firewall traversal and security options with Polycom
RealPresence Access Director, vastly improving capacity and supported protocols
for improved B2B and B2C connectivity
* New mid-market solutions make feature-rich video collaboration more
affordable, and easier to use and manage

SAN JOSE, Calif.--(Business Wire)--
Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM), the global leader in open standards-based unified
communications and collaboration (UC&C), today announced general availability of
a wave of breakthrough solutions unveiled on October 8 that are designed to
accelerate widespread adoption of video collaboration. 

The solutions available for purchase today deliver the industry`s best
end-to-end solution and include: the first open standards-based SVC support
through enhancements to the Polycom RealPresence Platform; Polycom RealPresence
Collaboration Server 800s, Virtual Edition - the industry`s first
multi-protocol, integrated software MCU that runs on industry-standard servers;
new and updated video collaboration endpoints including Polycom RealPresence
Desktop 2.0 software (for PCs and laptops), Polycom RealPresence Mobile 2.0
software, and Polycom RealPresence Group 300 and 500 solutions; and Polycom
RealPresence Access Director technology. Polycom RealPresence Collaboration
Server 800s, Virtual Edition, along with various new customized Platform
offerings and next-generation Polycom RealPresence video endpoints, are part of
a new mid-market portfolio. 

The announcement furthers Polycom`s aggressive initiative to bring to market
next-generation UC&C solutions refined over two years of intensive R&D.
Delivered on schedule, Polycom`s new solutions offer the highest quality audio
and video experience across an array of infrastructure components and user

"In October, Polycom`s announcements of breakthrough solutions raised the bar on
enabling people to collaborate face-to-face over video, securely and reliably,
no matter where they are located or what device or platform they want to use,"
said Sudhakar Ramakrishna, President of Products and Services, Polycom. "Now
we`re delivering on the vision we set out just a few weeks ago by bringing to
market UC&C solutions that are simple to use, built around open standards,
designed for enterprises and mid-sized companies, and giving users the best
video collaboration experience. Furthermore, for the first time in the industry,
we are enabling mixed SVC and AVC video environments without a gateway, allowing
customers to increase scalability and dramatically reduce TCO." 

SVC Support on RealPresence Platform

Polycom is helping to make quality video collaboration accessible and ubiquitous
by incorporating support for the industry`s first implementation of open
standards-based H.264 Scalable Video Coding (SVC) technology into the Polycom
RealPresence Platform. Polycom`s native support for SVC on the RealPresence
Platform delivers 3X HD multipoint capacity for greater scalability and
dramatically lower TCO, higher quality video performance, and long-term
investment protection by providing backwards- and forwards- compatibility and
interoperability without the need for expensive gateways or hardware.
Scalability is important to customers as they bring video collaboration to more
employees and onto more devices, such as PCs and tablets. 

"Every day, more of our employees discover that communicating and collaborating
face-to-face over video helps them get more done sooner, and improves their
work-life balance by reducing business travel," said Dan Van Roekel, Telehealth
Technology Manager at Sanford Health, the largest medical facility in the Fargo,
North Dakota and Sioux Falls, South Dakota regions, dedicated to the work of
healing. "Now we`re able to upgrade our Polycom RealPresence infrastructure to
support SVC. This is huge, not only because it is interoperable with our current
video investments and gives us much more capacity, but because it also allows us
to deliver the best quality video experience across all our user environments,
including desktops, mobile devices, and group video systems." 

The open standards-based SVC algorithm provides a multi-layered data structure
that allows systems to adapt to networks to enhance the resolution, frame rate,
and quality of video streams, and increase error resiliency, all without
requiring excessive bandwidth or administrative intervention. This includes SVC
enabling a video stream to be reduced in size automatically if there is a
reduction in throughput (e.g., a connectivity bottleneck), allowing the viewer
of a video meeting to keep the connection at a slightly lower resolution instead
of getting a pause or a video freeze. 

SVC support is available through software updates to components of the
RealPresence Platform, including Polycom RealPresence Collaboration Server 7.8
(RMX), Polycom RealPresence Virtualization Manager 5.1 (DMA), and Polycom
RealPresence Resource Manager 7.1 systems. 

New Mid-Market Solutions

To address the unique needs of mid-sized organizations - including support for
SVC and future protocols, and the ability to accommodate desktop and mobile
environments - Polycom is delivering solutions configured and priced for
organizations starting out with video, but still offering scalability to add
users as companies grow.

* Polycom RealPresence Collaboration Server 800s, Virtual Edition. Polycom has
delivered Polycom RealPresence Collaboration Server 800s, Virtual Edition - the
industry`s first multi-protocol, integrated software MCU that runs on an
industry-standard server, 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 that add
cost and induce risk. The open-standards based SVC solution is backwards- and
forwards- compatible, and results in a 3X HD multipoint video capacity increase
for greater scalability and dramatically lower TCO. The solution is ideal for
mid-sized enterprises as well as larger organizations with branch offices and
represents a significant step forward in delivering virtualized video
collaboration from the datacenter for even greater flexibility and ROI. 
* Support 100 Devices with RealPresence Resource Manager. The mid-market version
of the Polycom RealPresence Resource Manager system allows smaller organizations
to cost-effectively provision, monitor, and manage their video collaboration
* Support 50 Concurrent Calls with RealPresence Virtualization Manager.
Organizations now can intelligently route up to 50 concurrent voice and video
calls based on priority, bandwidth availability, and class of service in an
affordable mid-market configuration of the Polycom RealPresence Virtualization
Manager 5.1 (DMA) system. 
* Polycom portfolio of mid-market solutions also includes various endpoints such
as the new RealPresence Group 300 solution for huddle rooms; RealPresence
Desktop 2.0 software for PCs and laptops, and RealPresence Mobile 2.0 software,
delivering easy-to-use video solutions at affordable prices.

Polycom RealPresence Desktop 2.0, RealPresence Mobile 2.0, and RealPresence
Group Series

Updated Polycom RealPresence Desktop 2.0 software for PCs and laptops and
Polycom RealPresence Mobile 2.0 software for tablets and smartphones extend
video beyond conference rooms, enabling organizations to deliver video
collaboration to more users in more environments. The updated software
applications feature the new Polycom user experience, Polycom UX, the industry`s
best user experience with more than 20 new user innovations and features,
including a completely redesigned UI. Through the Polycom RealPresence Platform,
the RealPresence Desktop and RealPresence Mobile solutions are SVC-enabled.

* Polycom RealPresence Desktop 2.0 is affordable, enterprise-quality video
collaboration software application for PCs and laptops. The system includes
features such as corporate directory search for other video users, the ability
to select a specific application for content sharing, and far-end (remote)
camera control. 
* Polycom RealPresence Mobile 2.0 is Polycom`s award-winning software
application that lets customers securely extend the use of video collaboration
beyond the conference room to easily connect tablets and smartphones (iOS and
Android devices) with other standards-based video systems. Now available for
more than a dozen devices, the updated app includes the new patent-pending
Polycom SmartPairing technology wirelessly connects Apple iPads to the
RealPresence Group Series and enhanced HDX 3.1 series, letting users control
video meetings with their tablets and transfer a live video call from their
tablet to a big screen with the swipe of a finger (watch a related video). For
iPad users, additional features include content sharing and far-end camera
control (see video and related press release).

"Polycom's latest solutions really stand out. RealPresence Mobile 2.0 software
is so easy to install and use, and it's integrated with Active Directory, and
everyone on staff has an Active Directory account, so setting up a video call is
no big deal," said Steve O`Brien, director of data center operations, Jefferson
County (Jeffco) Public Schools. "In the past three days, 51 percent of the
people who logged into a video conference were using the RealPresence Mobile 2.0
app on an iPad, and 49 percent were using RealPresence Desktop 2.0 solutions.
Once people see how this makes their own lives better, more often than not,
they're downloading the RealPresence Mobile app, asking for a software license
for their PC, or wanting to use a room video system." 

(Read full customer press release) 

Last month, Polycom made available the 300 and 500 models of the new Polycom
RealPresence Group Series, designed for smaller environments such as "huddle"
rooms, and medium-sized areas such as classrooms and conference rooms,
respectively. The new RealPresence Group Series solutions also feature the new
Polycom user experience, the Polycom UX, including the new UI, SmartPairing
technology capabilities, and the industry`s best HD video (up to 1080p60
resolution), content sharing, and crystal-clear audio. 

Polycom RealPresence Access Director

With the availability of the new Polycom RealPresence Access Director solution,
Polycom makes it easier for users, inside or outside the firewall, to video
conference safely with anyone in the organization, whether they are in a secure
environment at the office or an unsecure environment at home or on the go.
Integrated with the RealPresence Platform virtualization and resource management
solutions, RealPresence Access Director brings cost-effective, highly scalable
conferencing to applications such as B2B, B2C, and intra-company collaboration. 


RealPresence Collaboration Suite 800s, Virtual Edition is now available. Polycom
RealPresence Desktop software is available for PC users today and will be
available for Mac users in 2013. Polycom RealPresence Mobile 2.0 software is
available today as a free download from the Apple AppStore and Google Play;
support for SmartPairing will be available on the iPad 2 and the new iPad later
this month. RealPresence Access Director is available in configurations that
scale from medium office to large enterprise environments. RealPresence Group
300 and 500 solutions have been available since November. The midmarket versions
of the RealPresence Resource Manager and the RealPresence Virtualization Manager
systems are now available. Contact your local Polycom sales representative or
channel partner for pricing information. 

About Polycom

Polycom is the global leader in open standards-based unified communications and
collaboration (UC&C) solutions for voice and video collaboration, trusted by
more than 415,000 customers around the world. Polycom solutions are powered by
the Polycom RealPresence Platform, comprehensive software infrastructure and
rich APIs that interoperate with the broadest set of communication, business,
mobile and cloud applications and devices to deliver secure face-to-face video
collaboration in any environment. Polycom and its ecosystem of over 7,000
partners provide truly unified communications solutions that deliver the best
user experience, highest multi-vendor interoperability, and lowest TCO. Visit
www.polycom.com or connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to learn
how we`re pushing the greatness of human collaboration forward. 

NOTE: The product plans, specifications, and descriptions herein are provided
for information only and subject to change without notice, and are provided
without warranty of any kind, express or implied. Polycom reserves the right to
modify future product plans at any time. Products and related specifications
referenced herein are not guaranteed and will be delivered on a when and if
available basis. 

© 2012 Polycom, Inc. All rights reserved. POLYCOM, the Polycom logo, and the
names and marks associated with Polycom`s products are trademarks and/or service
marks of Polycom, Inc. and are registered and/or common law marks in the United
States and various other countries. All other trademarks are property of their
respective owners. 

This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the "safe
harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995
regarding future events, including statements regarding product availability and
Polycom's new solutions transforming the video collaboration industry and
accelerating widespread adoption of video and universal access. These
forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause
actual results to differ materially, including the impact of competition on our
product sales and for our customers and partners; the impact of increased
competition due to consolidation in our industry or competition from companies
that are larger or that have greater resources than we do; our ability to bring
our new products and offerings to market in a timely manner due to engineering,
manufacturing or other delays; changing market demands; potential fluctuations
in results and future growth rates; continuing disruption to the business due to
the realignment of the North America sales organization; risks associated with
general economic conditions and external market factors; the market acceptance
of our products and changing market demands, including demands for differing
technologies or product and services offerings; our ability to successfully
integrate our acquisitions into our business; possible delays in the
development, availability and shipment of new products; increasing costs and
differing uses of capital; changes in key personnel that may cause disruption to
the business; our inability to achieve the expected results from adjustments
being made to our expense profile; the impact of restructuring actions; and the
impact of global conflicts and changing laws that may adversely impact our
business. Many of these risks and uncertainties are discussed in the Company's
Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2012, and in
other reports filed by Polycom with the SEC. Polycom disclaims any intent or
obligations to update these forward-looking statements.

Polycom, Inc.
Ellen Topp, +1 408-586-4041

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