Polycom® SoundStation® Connect Delivers Polycom’s Legendary Audio Quality to Desktop or Laptop-Based Meetings, Anywhere Users Go

Tue Mar 5, 2013 8:30am EST

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Plug and play USB device allows users to enjoy Polycom HD Voice technology for
computer-based soft-phones, making it ideal for small-group meetings anywhere in
the office or on the go
SAN JOSE, Calif.--(Business Wire)--
Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM), the global leader in open, standards-based unified
communications and collaboration (UC&C), today announced thePolycom SoundStation
Connect, an audio conference solution that lets users bring the gold standard in
audio conferencing technology wherever they go. The SoundStation Connect plugs
directly into any laptop or desktop USB port, letting users of soft-phone apps
such as Polycom RealPresence Desktop 2.0, Microsoft Lync or IBM Sametime
experience HD-quality audio conferencing technology for small-group meetings in
the office, at home or when traveling.

Polycom SoundStation Connect plugs into any computer USB port, letting users of
soft-phone apps, such as Polycom RealPresence Desktop, Microsoft Lync or IBM
Sametime, have HD-quality microphone and speaker technology for their
computer-based voice and video meetings wherever they go. (Photo: Business

"Polycom SoundStation Connect lets customers take the legendary Polycom
SoundStation audio conferencing experience anywhere they want to have voice or
video meeting on their computer," said Jim Kruger, Senior Vice President of
Product and Solutions Marketing, Polycom. "SoundStation Connect is ideal for
groups of people in small to midsize rooms such as salespeople and customers in
a huddle room, patients and doctors in an office, or creative designers and ad
experts in a brainstorm area. Polycom`s best-in-class HD audio technology allows
all of the meeting participants on the call to hear and be heard, making calls
more productive." 

Benefits of the SoundStation Connect include:

* Clear conversations - Polycom Voice technology reduces background noise, echo,
and feedback, while microphone pickup covers more than 7 feet in diameter 
* Easy to deploy with broad interoperability - Plug-and-play with no software
driver needed, the device runs on USB power and works with any UC soft-phone app
running on computers that support USB audio 
* Easy to use and transport - The ultra-simple UI with volume up, down and mute
makes it easy for anyone to use while the compact design is ideal for meetings
on the go

Today`s announcement of the SoundStation Connect builds on the company`s UC&C
innovation, which includes more than 850 patents. Polycom, which has an
expansive product line with industry leading audio technology, recently
announced it has shipped more than 10 million audio devices since the company`s
founding in 1990 (see the related press release). 


Polycom SoundStation Connect will be available in Q2 2013 in select countries
worldwide through certified Polycom reseller partners at US$299. 


Polycom will demonstrate Polycom SoundStation Connect this week at Unified
Communications Expo (Stand H819) in Olympia, London from March 5-6, 2013; CeBIT
(Hall 4, Stand A26) in Hanover, Germany from March 5-9, 2013; X.Days (Stand
PN07) in Switzerland from March 13-14; andat Enterprise Connect (Booth 1719) in
Orlando, Fla. from March 18-21, 2013. 

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. 

© 2013 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
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