Hyderabad, India, October 8, 2015: Polycom today unveiled innovative collaboration solutions at an exclusive customer event in New York focused on advancing the workplace of the future globally.
“Work” has drastically changed from a place we go to – into something that we do, irrespective of time, location and devices we use. Traditional offices and meeting rooms are giving way to open, team and mobile spaces as well as small/huddle rooms, all of which present challenges for effective collaboration. In order for collaboration and teamwork to thrive in the workplace of the future, organisations need the right tools. Globalisation, productivity gains, time to market, cost control, maximising and attracting the right talent are all fundamentals that organisations are managing on a day-to-day basis. Collaborative solutions need to be easy to use and fit into any size workspace. Polycom’s latest solutions are engineered to uniquely address these challenges with elegance and simplicity enabling customers to collaborate more effectively across a broader array of workspaces.
“Today, we are taking a quantum leap in achieving our vision of unleashing the power of human collaboration,” said Peter Leav, Polycom’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “As we celebrate our 25th year of innovation and leadership, we are announcing breakthrough collaboration experiences that uniquely place people at the heart of collaboration enabling them to work better, smarter and more efficiently. We are delivering the workplace of the future today.”
Polycom RealPresence Trio, the smart hub for all meeting spaces – Polycom RealPresence Trio is the first smart hub for group collaboration that transforms the iconic three-point conference phone into a voice, content-sharing and video system that can fit into any team environment. Meetings start quickly with one-touch integration with calendars, where the most advanced audio performance provides the clearest and richest connection in the industry. Participants can easily pair mobile devices or laptops to the RealPresence Trio solution to share content in HD quality. Add a simple webcam and now RealPresence Trio is a full visual collaboration solution that turns any space into a high-powered work hub. Easy to deploy, RealPresence Trio technology has broad interoperability and deep integration across multiple UC platforms including Skype for Business and Microsoft Lync, BroadSoft and others.
“At Mondelēz International, we’re working to deliver better business value in everything we do and simpler, more natural collaboration across our organisation is key to our success,” said Dave Diedrich, VP & Chief Tech Officer, Mondelēz International. “Polycom’s new solutions blend innovative technology and broad collaboration tools with precisely the right human elements – just the way we want to work.”
Polycom RealPresence Centro, at the centre of human collaboration – Research conducted by Polycom illustrates that while more traditional conference room settings are utilised in greater numbers, flexible collaborative environments are preferred for more open and effective collaboration. Polycom RealPresence Centro is the industry’s first collaboration solution purpose-built to put people at the center of collaboration. RealPresence Centro was built with instinctual human behavior in mind – people feel more comfortable communicating and collaborating in the round. Polycom’s patented 360-degree voice and video technology automatically tracks the speaker, while also showing the entire meeting space on the same screen. RealPresence Centro puts those on the far end of the call in the middle of the conversation enabling deeper engagement, quicker decisions and better outcomes. The intuitive touch screens make it simple to get a meeting started on time every time. The RealPresence Centro solution also offers wireless pairing with many devices and has unique built-in proximity sensors to enable responsive and intelligent interaction.
“We believe the RealPresence Centro solution will revolutionise how people will collaborate,” said Gus Mommers, IT Director, NIAS Manager, NATO Communications and Information Agency, NCIA.
Polycom RealPresence Debut, brings enterprise grade video collaboration to the huddle room with a focus on simplicity and affordability – RealPresence Debut has an easy, elegant design that enables high quality visual collaboration for huddle and smaller room environments, as well as for small or medium sized businesses with limited IT resources. Set up time takes just minutes and the user interface has been designed with simplicity in mind to enable anyone to start and manage a call. The all-in-one design incorporates Polycom’s superb audio quality including Polycom NoiseBlock technology, and a pan, tilt and zoom camera, and 1080p quality for video and content sharing for an experience that is unmatched at the price point. RealPresence Debut is cloud ready and can easily connect into Polycom’s RealPresence Cloud services to ensure organisations large and small may purchase and deploy it easily and effectively with no IT support needed.
Polycom RealPresence Medialign, a turnkey Polycom RealPresence Group Series solution for multiple work environments – Polycom RealPresence Medialign enables consistent collaboration solutions across the enterprise without the need to alter the room in any way. RealPresence Medialign has a modern, all-in-one design and is the only solution that features Polycom’s industry leading and patented voice, content-sharing/management and video technology. RealPresence Medialign technology can be quickly assembled and installed without tools and interoperates with the broadest array of UC platforms in the market. Like every RealPresence Group Series solution, RealPresence Medialign features unique NoiseBlock technology,Polycom Acoustic Fence audio technology and Polycom EagleEye Producer and Polycom EagleEye Director camera technology that provide an unmatched experience.
Polycom Concierge, the first enterprise software that instantly connects your device to solutions across Polycom’s collaboration portfolio for ease of conference control – Polycom is introducing the industry’s first enterprise software that automatically connects to personal devices, including personal PCs and smartphones to Polycom solutions. The Polycom Concierge technology enables user devices to be at the centre of meeting control, wirelessly connecting to Polycom solutions including RealPresence Group Series, RealPresence Medialign, Polycom Open Telepresence Experience rooms and RealPresence Immersive Studio systems. Upon entering the room, users will experience familiar interface for conference control and content sharing, personalising the group meeting. Participants can easily invite additional team members, adjust the volume and far-end camera angles or mute active participants all from an application on their own device. Polycom Concierge technology allows users to share content from their devices and even see content shared from others – up close on their own device. Users can also easily connect to a call right from their calendar from any room.
New Solutions for Microsoft O365 Environments – The company officially announced today that the industry leading portfolio of Polycom VVX business media phones will be the first phones to support and interoperate with the forthcoming cloud voice service offering as part of Microsoft Office 365. Today’s announcement further expands the company’s long-standing relationship with Microsoft and builds on the more than 40 Polycom solutions that deeply integrate with Skype for Business/Microsoft Lync. Earlier this year, Polycom and Microsoft announced a partnership to develop joint solutions for Skype for Business. See Polycom’s solutions for Skype for Business on Microsoft’s catalogue.
“People work differently today. And they work in different places. Ideally, technology should allow customers to make any location a mobile workstation. But few solutions on the market today address the business and workflow issues that come with the next generation workplace,” said Ira M. Weinstein, senior analyst and partner at Wainhouse Research. “Polycom’s new releases challenge the notion that work happens in traditional meeting rooms only. Instead, these solutions bring collaboration to the places customers want to work including small meeting rooms and informal meeting spaces.”
Polycom’s new solutions expand the company’s rich collaboration product and services portfolio that fully interoperates with the broadest set of ecosystem partners and provides customers the opportunity to build a comprehensive culture of collaboration and to make the workplace of the future a reality. From network assessment, to planning and designing to deployment and ongoing operations, Polycom and its partners provide customers a full suite of services to ensure they maximise their investment. With Polycom solutions, customers also have a broad array of deployment and business model choices, from on premise to managed to public cloud, and from capital expense (capex) to operational expense (opex) options.
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