Polycom Announces Availability of Polycom® RealPresence® Group 700, Delivering 1080p60 HD Video and Content Collaboration with Breakthrough User Experience for Meetings in Environments Such as Lecture Halls and Conference

Wed Apr 3, 2013 8:30am EDT

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* Polycom RealPresence Group 700 delivers the industry`s best user experience
(Polycom UX) including a completely redesigned UI, the industry's most lifelike
HD image quality, Polycom SmartPairing technology, and innovative video, content
sharing and audio features that are only available from Polycom.
* Polycom RealPresence Group 700 includes support for Polycom`s open
standards-based SVC (Scalable Video Coding) -powered by the Polycom RealPresence
Platform- resulting in 3X HD multipoint video call capacity for greater
scalability, dramatically lower TCO, superior video performance, and backwards-
and forwards-compatibility to protect customer investments.

SAN JOSE, Calif.--(Business Wire)--
Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM), the global leader in open, standards-based unified
communications and collaboration (UC&C), today announced the availability of
Polycom RealPresence Group 700, a video collaboration solution ideal for large
group meeting areas - such as corporate conference rooms, entertainment
production studios and lecture halls - that delivers the highest quality video
and content resolution (up to 1080p60), and crystal-clear audio for more
productive and lifelike interactions with colleagues, partners and customers.

Polycom RealPresence Group 700 delivers 1080p60 HD video and content
collaboration for meetings in environments such as lecture halls and conference
rooms. (Photo: Business Wire)

"Our mission is to make video collaboration an essential and accessible part of
how people live and work, whether the solutions are used for internal meetings
and training, closing sales deals, engineering projects between geographically
dispersed teams, or working with customers," said A.E. Natarajan, Senior Vice
President, Worldwide Engineering, Polycom. "Polycom has re-architected our user
interface through input from our customers and developed technologies based on
user behaviours to make our solutions intuitive and easy to use. Our
RealPresence Group Series systems reflect our intense R&D advancements, along
with the delivery of the industry`s highest quality visual collaboration

Unveiled at Polycom Strategy Day in October, Polycom RealPresence Group 700 is
part of the Polycom RealPresence Group Series, which are available in multiple
configurations to meet the needs of any organization. The series also includes
the Polycom RealPresence Group 300 that are ideal for smaller environments such
as "huddle" rooms and Polycom RealPresence Group 500 that are designed for
medium-sized areas such as conference rooms. Polycom RealPresence Group 300 and
500 solutions have been available since November. 

Polycom RealPresence Group 700 includes the following features and benefits:

* The Polycom UX, the industry`s best user experience - Polycom UX is designed
to drive a superior experience and ease of use for users, while minimizing IT
management and support, keeping IT costs down and usage up for better total cost
of ownership (TCO). Polycom UX has more than 20 features and innovations,
* Simple and intuitive new UI - incorporates a simple, intuitive and elegant
user interface that is consistent across Polycom`s next-generation video
collaboration solutions. Years of extensive user testing and human factors
research have resulted in features like drop-down menus, elegant and intuitive
navigation, and a simplified remote control. 
* Polycom SmartPairing technology - allows mobile tablets to serve as remote
controls for RealPresence Group Series systems. This patent-pending technology,
built into Polycom RealPresence Mobile software, wirelessly connects tablets to
Group Series and Polycom HDX systems. With Polycom SmartPairing, users can
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. 
* 1080p60 video and content - boosts image clarity and motion smoothness,
enhancing video quality and enabling users to share any type of content, such as
detailed full-motion video clips. This allows workers across all industries -
from architects looking at CAD drawings to clinicians reviewing medical images
to sales and marketing representatives showing multimedia content to clients -
to have more productive meetings. 
* Polycom`s legendary HD audio technology - includes the new patent-pending
Polycom NoiseCancel technology, which heightens collaboration by automatically
eliminating unwanted or distracting noises like keyboard typing or paper
shuffling; and Polycom ConstantClarity technology, which enables extraordinary
audio and video fidelity that allows users to distinguish every syllable of
every word they hear in a Polycom video conference, resulting in an amazing
video experience even in challenging environments. 
* Lower Total Cost of Ownership -

* Support for the open, standards-based H.264 Scalable Video Coding (SVC)
technology- Polycom`s open, standards-based SVC,when powered by the Polycom
RealPresence Platform, provides up to 3X capacity for HD multipoint video calls
for greater scalability, dramatically lower TCO, superior performance, and
backwards- and forwards-compatibility to protect customer investments. SVC
support is now available across the entire Polycom RealPresence Group Series
through a software update and is already available on Polycom RealPresence
Mobile and Polycom RealPresence Desktop solutions. SVC is an extension to H.264
Advanced Video Coding (AVC), an efficient and high-performance standard that is
used by most of today`s video conferencing devices. SVC technology enables
high-quality video collaboration meetings even if network conditions or client
capabilities are limited. To learn more about the benefits of SVC, see the
related press release. 
* Integrated multipoint capabilities - A multipoint license for the Polycom
RealPresence Group 700 allows users to connect up to eight different parties on
a single call without requiring an external bridge.

Usage of HD Video Collaboration Solutions on the Rise, Ideal for All Industries

The availability of the entire line of Polycom RealPresence Group systems gives
customers the flexibility to choose video collaboration solutions that work best
for a wide variety of work environments and employee business needs, such as
healthcare environments that require HD quality video and voice collaboration. 

"In the operating theater it`s important to see the work flow of the operating
room and also to see medical images, such as a laparascope to view the interior
of the abdomen or an arthroscope to view the inside of a joint," said Dr. Andrew
Watson, MD, MLitt, FACS, Medical Director of the Center for Connected Medicine,
Executive Director of Telemedicine at UPMC, and a colorectal surgeon. "We need
to view these environments and images in high definition, simultaneously, and
the Polycom RealPresence Group Series allows us to do this with both people and
content, and with multiple camera feeds." 


Polycom RealPresence Group 700 solutions are available today in select countries
worldwide starting at US$16,999; Polycom RealPresence Group 300 and 500
solutions have been available since November; see the related press release. The
multipoint license for the Polycom RealPresence Group Series is available today
starting at US$3,099. Polycom RealPresence Mobile software with support for
Polycom SmartPairing technology is available today as a free download from the
Apple AppStore and Google Play. Contact your local Polycom sales representative
or channel partner for more 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. 

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