February 21, 2013
Polycom Unveils Next-Generation Video Conferencing Room System for Microsoft Lync
By Rajani Baburajan
Unified communications solutions provider Polycom (News - Alert) has expanded its Microsoft Lync-enabled solutions portfolio with a next-generation dedicated video conferencing room system.
The video conferencing solution is purpose-built for Microsoft (News - Alert) Lync 2013 and is designed to bring simplicity and advanced collaboration capabilities to customers. It enables enhanced content sharing between standard-based video collaboration devices and Lync.
The solution will feature high-end Polycom camera and microphone options, touchscreen monitors, and a tabletop touch controller. It tightly integrates with Microsoft Outlook and has several features that specifically take advantage of Lync 2013 such as built-in multi-party video. The solution is based on the industry’s first open standards-based SVC (Scalable Video Coding) implementation, unveiled by Polycom in the fall of 2012.
Polycom also announced additional interoperable solutions optimized to work with Lync 2010. Polycom now offers a portfolio of 40 video, voice and content sharing solutions that are interoperable or optimized to work with Microsoft Lync.
Some of these expanded solutions include Polycom RealPresence Collaboration Server (RMX 1500 and 2000); Polycom RealPresence Room video collaboration systems (Polycom HDX 6000, 7000, and 8000) and the Polycom HDX 4500 executive desktop video system; Polycom VVX 500 business media phones; and the Polycom SoundPoint IP series desktop phones (SoundPoint 450, 550, 560, and 650).
Additionally, Polycom said its unified communications and collaboration (UC&C) solutions combining Polycom RealPresence solutions and Microsoft Lync continue to win over customers worldwide. The combined offering allows employees to launch video collaboration sessions easily and intuitively from any work environment on- or off-premises.
“The combination of Polycom and Microsoft software gives employees greater flexibility and a seamless UC solution for video, voice, conferencing and collaboration, from anywhere, anytime,” said Ted Colton, global vice president of Strategic Alliances, Polycom, in a statement. “And with our new dedicated room system purpose-built for Lync 2013, it’s only going to get better and drive more value for our mutual customers.”
Edited by Braden Becker