Polycom Powers TED2013 Conference With HD Video Collaboration

Mon Feb 25, 2013 8:30am EST

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New Polycom RealPresence Group 500 system connects TEDActive audience in Palm
Springs to TED main stage in Long Beach, delivering an immersive video
collaboration experience to thousands for second straight year
SAN JOSE, Calif.--(Business Wire)--
Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM), the global leader in open, standards-based unified
communications and collaboration (UC&C), today announced that TED, the global
nonprofit organization known for "Ideas Worth Spreading," is using Polycom
RealPresence video collaboration solutions at this week`s annual TED conference
(February 25 - March 1) to connect its two principal locations - TED2013 in Long
Beach and TEDActive2013 in Palm Springs, Calif. - via immersive HD video. This
is the second straight year that TED is using Polycom video collaboration
solutions during its premier conference. 

The Polycom-powered HD video solution will enable TED to deliver a live, full
conference simulcast in Palm Springs, as well as interactive conversations
between the two conference sites - with TEDActive host Kelly Stoetzel and
audience members in Palm Springs interacting `face-to-face` with TED2013 curator
and host Chris Anderson on the main stage in Long Beach during TED2013, "The
Young. The Wise. The Undiscovered." Polycom secure video collaboration solutions
provide high-quality video (up to 1080p60 resolution), crystal clear audio, very
low latency and robust reliability, delivering an experience that is as lifelike
as being there in person, at a significantly lower price than other solutions. 

"TED is at the forefront of sharing the most innovative and thought-provoking
ideas around the world, and we are honored to once again help TED enhance the
collaboration experience of their annual conference with secure Polycom HD video
solutions," said Andy Miller, president and CEO of Polycom. "The ideas exchanged
at TED have the power to change the world, and Polycom has long embraced that
spirit through the technologies we deliver. Polycom video collaboration
solutions eliminate the barriers of distance, and have helped our customers to
save lives with remote stroke diagnoses, educate students in some of the world`s
most underserved communities, reduce the cost to deliver needed government
services, and get to market faster with new products or life-saving drugs." 

"TED collaborates with the world's most groundbreaking brands, and we are
pleased to work with Polycom to extend the reach of TED, and to drive more
collaboration and dialogue through the use of their video technology," said
Chris Anderson, curator and host, TED. 

To provide thousands of attendees between Long Beach and Palm Springs with a
face-to-face experience, TED2013 is using the new Polycom RealPresence Group 500
system (part of Group Series), Polycom`s next-generation of HD video
collaboration room systems that deliver a completely redesigned user interface
(UI), the industry`s best HD video (up to 1080p60 resolution) for live video or
content sharing, and crystal-clear HD audio. Polycom video room systems are used
in a variety of environments including auditoriums, personal workspaces and
corporate meeting rooms. Polycom also offers a full range of standards-based
video collaboration solutions for any environment or device, including executive
desktops and immersive theaters, and software for laptops, PCs, tablets,
smartphones, and web browsers. 

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a
four-day conference in California almost 30 years ago, TED has grown to support
those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED
Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18
minutes. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED
speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard
Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and
Daniel Kahneman. The annual TED Conference takes place each spring, along with
the TEDActive simulcast. The annual TEDGlobal conference is held each summer in
Edinburgh, Scotland. 

TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily;
the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive
transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational
initiative TED-Ed, and TEDBooks, short e-books on powerful ideas. TED has
established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to
change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which
supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self-organized TED-style events
around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators
from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDNews, or on Facebook at

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. 

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