Polycom Enhancing Healthcare Services for 340,000 People in Northern Ireland

Polycom®, Microsoft Lync and BT Join Forces to Unify Video, Voice, and Data Communications for 17,000 Staff at Belfast Health and Social Care Trust.

• 17,000 heath care staff supplied with communications technology to support the delivery of healthcare across Northern Ireland.
• Boosts health care staff productivity through access to video collaboration and online meetings from the desktop.
• Drives valuable operational cost savings over existing solutions and a superior user experience.

London – 25 Jul 2012 : Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM), the global leader in open standards-based unified communications (UC), today announced that the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust is using Polycom RealPresence video and voice solutions, Microsoft Lync, and BT networking technology to unify video, voice and data communications for 17,000 staff at Belfast Health and Social Care Trust. One of the largest trusts in the U.K. with annual spending of about £1bn (£3m every day), the Trust is relying on the solution to enhance the integrated health and social care services it provides to 340,000 people in Belfast and Northern Ireland through a network of six organisations, from over 100 physical locations.

The solution consists of a next-generation BT network which uses Polycom and Microsoft solutions to provide a standards-based, interoperable unified communications platform. This platform gives over 10,000 healthcare workers access to Microsoft Lync so they can communicate via video, voice, instant messaging, and presence. Polycom was selected to provide video and audio communications solutions because of Polycom’s relationship with Microsoft and interoperability with Microsoft Lync (some solutions pending qualification). In addition, the Trust has approximately 400 Polycom RealPresence Desktop video collaboration systems rolled out to deliver care closer to where it’s needed, and an additional 20 large video collaboration meeting room facilities. The Trust also has 5,000 Polycom® CX600 IP phones and Polycom SpectraLink® 8400 Wireless Telephones to improve communication and responsiveness for on-site mobile staff across over 100 locations.

“With the Polycom, Microsoft and BT solution, we are seeing people using video collaboration in ways that we hadn’t originally forecast. People are having more ad hoc video calls than we thought they would, because it’s easy to do, and video speeds up our decision making. Before you would have had to wait maybe a week just to get people in their diary to attend a meeting,” said Paul Duffy, Co-Director IT and Telecommunications at Belfast Health and Social Care Trust. “Within healthcare, information needs to be passed quickly and accurately through the system in order to get a more immediate response, which in turn means we can see more people—another added benefit we are seeing to the implementation of our new solution.”

Key Benefits:

Saving time, Helping Save Lives – Making decisions quickly and efficiently in healthcare is critical and using video collaboration solutions has resulted in an increase in the speed of decision making.

Mobile workforce – Wireless telephony solution in 100+ locations improve productivity and responsiveness for on-site mobile staff as well as delivering operational cost savings.

Reduction in operational costs – Ability to deliver valuable services within budget and reduce operational costs associated with running audio, video and data across the same network.

About the Trust
Belfast Health and Social Care Trust deliver integrated health and social care to 340,000 people in Belfast and part of the Borough of Castlereagh. It also provides specialist services to all of Northern Ireland. With an annual budget of approximately £1bn (spending about £3m each day) and a staff of 20,000, it is one of the largest Trusts in the United Kingdom.

Executive HD™ 4- and 8-Channel Wireless Microphone System

Seamless Integration Into High-End Boardrooms and Auditoriums

Executive HDFor demanding environments such as high-end boardrooms and large auditoriums, the need for exceptional audio quality for presentations, audio and video conferencing, and more is only the beginning. These settings require audio solutions with unmatched versatility to accommodate the size and unique needs of any application, while integrating seamlessly into the room. The rack-mountable Revolabs Executive HD™wireless microphone system was developed specifically to deliver this flexibility.

Each Executive HD unit provides support for up to eight microphones with exceptional audio quality, and multiple units can be linked together to support up to 32 (Americas) or 40 (international) microphones (per area). The system’s wireless design not only provides users with the freedom of natural movement, but eliminates the clutter of cables for a clean look without having to drill into expensive furniture in boardrooms. The security of 128-bit encryption provides the assurance that your meetings remain private.

Perfect for installed audio applications, the Executive HD can be integrated with all control systems via RS-232 or Ethernet, making it a seamless, natural extension of any environment. An intuitive front-panel LCD display provides simple control and configuration on-location, while management software is available for the convenience of remotely monitoring and controlling the system through its Ethernet connection.

With the Executive HD, your investment is protected against government radio frequency changes happening around the world, such as the 2012 digital switchover in the U.K. Operating outside the UHF spectrum, Revolabs wireless microphones utilize the DECT personal communication protocol, which is unlicensed and protected for use by consumers.

Key Benefits
  • Versatility: Expandable to up to 32 (Americas) or 40 (international) microphones (per area) for the largest of applications.
  • Clean Look: Eliminate the clutter of wires without the need to drill into expensive furniture.
  • Convenience: Optional management software available for remote monitoring and control.
  • Future Proof: Utilizing the DECT protocol protects your investment against radio frequency changes.
  • Secure: 128-bit encryption means no one will be able to listen in on the signal sent between the microphone and base station.
  • The Freedom of Wireless: Cut the cord for the freedom of mobility without sacrificing audio quality.
  • Crystal-Clear Audio: Be heard with unmatched audio quality.
  • Executive HD MicrophonesNo GSM Interference: Revolabs wireless microphones are impervious to GSM noise from other wireless electronic devices.
  • Rechargeable: Save the expense of daily battery replacement and inconvenience of bulky battery packs.
  • Flexibility: Can be mixed and matched with a variety of HD wireless microphones.

New Lumens Wireless Document Camera wins 2012 BETT award

Lumens Digital Optics Inc, the leading brand of presentation technology – Visualisers(Document Camera) is pleased to announce that the Lumens DC120 Wireless Visualiser has won the 2012 BETT award in the digital device category. The DC120 wireless Visualiser allows teachers to present lectures from anywhere in the room and even teach outside opening up new and exciting uses for a visualiser.We are committed to provide teachers with classroom tools that allow more innovative teaching techniques. We help teachers concentrate on the content and the students, rather than struggle with technology in front of them.

The BETT Award organisation has evaluated new classroom technology for over 25 years on quality, effectiveness and ease of use. Lumens are honored that the DC120 Wireless Flyer been chosen as one of the winners from among 100 entries. Lumens DC120 Flyer is The FIRST Wireless Visualiser in the world, and we are glad the BETT Award recognises Lumens’ achievements in product innovation and quality.

Teachers now just click the DC120 USB visualiser into the DC-A11 Wireless Flyer, and press the start button to initiate lessons conveniently. Our priority is to promote a  “user friendly”  device. The 6 cell Lithium Ion battery gives the Flyer a six hour life with minimum of weight;Combined the DC120 and DC-A11 weigh around 2kg which allows the teacher to go outside with this marvelous device;The DC-A11 will connect through 802.11g,b,n technology and allow the user to be up to 30 meters away from the PC. DC120 Wireless Flyer is exceptional addition to any interactive classroom environment needing display, capture, recording and networking capabilities.

Lumens provides a full range of visualisers that complete the sought-after 21st Century Classroom environment, and frees educators from the front of the room and puts annotation in the hands of student groups from the comfort of their seats for a truly interactive experience. Lumens as a leading visualisermanufacture will always try to develop award-winning solutions to provide the most interactive and effective presentation tools.

Key Features

  • No Wires!
  • Only for your Hi-Definition DC120 Document Camera
  • High-Definition Image Clarity
  • Excellent Color Reproduction Quality
  • Built-in Microphone (via USB only)

Join us on 3rd May for Free Polycom Healthcare Webinar

Learn How NHS Cumbria & Lancashire Cardiac and Stroke Network (CSNLC) is saving lives ‘out of hours’*

Join us on 3rd May 2012 for a free webinar to learn how the NHS Cumbria & Lancashire Cardiac and Stroke Network (CSNLC) has empowered stroke consultants, from 6 participating Acute Trusts, to take stroke specialists to the patient, saving lives and over £8 million a year*

The free webinar will feature speakers from CSNLC, Microsoft and Polycom, who will explain the pathway transformation and answer any questions.

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Healthcare organisations are turning to Polycom video collaboration and Microsoft® Lync™ solutions to:

  • Reduce patient evaluation times
  • Treat patients remotely
  • Reduce costs
  • Improve medical education
  • Streamline hospital operations

Attend this live healthcare webinar and hear directly from healthcare professionals detailing concrete examples of care pathway transformation.

The webinar will feature speakers from CSNLC, Microsoft and Polycom, who will explain the pathway transformation and answer any questions.

Turn your iPad® 2 or iPhone® 4S into a portable video conference room


Turn your iPad® 2 or iPhone® 4S into a portable video conference room

Use your iPad or iPhone to connect and collaborate face to face with colleagues, partners, customers, students, patients—anyone, anywhere.

Polycom RealPresence Mobile, powered by the Polycom RealPresence Platform, extends the Polycom HD video collaboration technology beyond the office and conference room. Receive the same high-quality, secure, reliable video experience you are accustomed to inside the office on your mobile device.

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Polycom® RealPresence® Mobile for Apple® iOS

Features and Benefits

  • Easy to use – Connect and share content with your colleagues and conference rooms with a simple touch.
  • Enterprise-cloud – Experience unparalleled scale, resiliency, and universal bridging capabilities to on-premises and cloud-based services.
  • Quality you expect no matter what – Experience premier quality on the device of your choice, even over less than optimal wireless networks.
  • Connect anywhere with confidence – Freely roam and connect over WiFi and mobile networks.
  • Collaborate now – Share* content to traditional video collaboration rooms, smartphones and tablets.
  • Cross borders – Collaborate with international audiences with extensive language support on iPad® 2

* Content send is a function of iPad 2 only
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Polycom Unveils New Polycom® RealPresence® Mobile Application for Apple iPhone 4S,


Already popular with tablet users, the new software app gives road warriors another way to improve their productivity, remove barriers of distance and time, and connect to experts where they’re needed most

BARCELONA, Spain, Mobile World Congress 2012 – Feb 27, 2012 : Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM), the global leader in standards-based unified communications (UC), today unveiled Polycom® RealPresence® Mobile for smartphones, available in early March on the Apple iPhone 4S and soon on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) smartphones. RealPresence Mobile, powered by the Polycom® RealPresence® Platform, is a secure, enterprise-grade video software solution for mobile devices that extends the reach of video collaboration beyond the conference room, allowing mobile device users to easily connect with other standards-based video systems including immersive video rooms, group/desktop systems, laptops, tablets, and smartphones in HD quality.

In October 2011, Polycom first announced its mobile software application for tablets, which now include the Apple iPadTM 2, Motorola XOOMTM, DROID XYBOARD by Motorola, and Samsung Galaxy TabTM 10.1, to extend secure, high-quality HD video collaboration to mobile users. The RealPresence Mobile software application for tablets and smartphones is available via a free download from the Apple App StoreSM andAndroid Market™, and combined with the Polycom RealPresence Platform provides a true enterprise-grade mobile solution for customers.

RealPresence Platform – the most comprehensive software infrastructure for video collaboration – powers Polycom’s market-leading HD telepresence and video solutions across any environment. With its open-standards approach, the RealPresence Platform integrates with hundreds of apps from leading vendors in business and communications, including apps for IM/presence, call control, web conferencing, and mobile and social business. Similar to connecting a smartphone to the corporate email server, RealPresence Mobile can be registered to the RealPresence Platform, allowing customers to enjoy advanced features including provisioning, management, firewall traversal, content sharing, and connectivity to desktop and immersive video room systems, including multi-party calls.

“Polycom’s vision is to make video collaboration ubiquitous by delivering easy-to-use, standards-based software to anyone on any device. With more than one billion teleworkers, Polycom RealPresence Mobile – for both tablets and now smartphones – puts video collaboration in the hands of potentially millions more, allowing anyone to visually collaborate with colleagues, customers and partners, regardless of their physical location,” said Andy Miller, CEO of Polycom. “Customers want to collaborate from anywhere, and RealPresence video solutions make that possible by seamlessly connecting people face-to-face who are on the road, at home or in the office, in conference rooms or in immersive theaters.”

“At NHS Lothian we are focused on delivering the best quality healthcare for patients in Edinburgh and the Lothians, and providing a range of regional and national services for patients across Scotland. Video collaboration is playing a significant role in this. To further enable our healthcare professionals to do this, we are rolling out Polycom RealPresence Mobile, which will allow us to consult our patients flexibly via mobile devices and, in turn, make full use of our IT investment into Polycom videoconferencing solutions. This approach enables us to connect and communicate through a variety of ways and devices allowing clinical staff to focus on providing patient care in a timely and efficient manner. Today’s news of Polycom adding smartphones and the Apple iPhone 4S provides us with even more flexibility,” said Iain Robertson, head of IT infrastructure and operations at NHS Lothian.

Video Collaboration and Visual Mobile Society
Video collaboration is already recognized as a mission-critical capability for businesses and a solution that improves teamwork, collaborative decision making, organizational productivity, trust, and employee and customer engagement, while also reducing travel expenses. At the same time, the generation entering the workforce today and recent technology advancements are driving a visual mobile society. Driving this trend are: millenials growing up with video applications such as YouTube (3 billion downloads daily) and video chat (11 billion chats by 2015); the proliferation of camera-equipped mobile tablets and smartphones; the advent of 3G, 4G, and Wi-Fi networks; and cloud delivered services.

According to Gartner, total smartphone shipments reached 472 million in 2011, a 53 percent increase from 2010, and now represents nearly one-third of all handset sales.1 At the same time, Gartner remains bullish on the opportunity for the media tablet market, forecasting over 320 million units sold in 2015, with cumulatively over 900 million sold by the end of that year.2 In addition, 92 percent of Fortune 500 companies are testing or deploying iPads today, and many corporations are rolling out Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives.3

RealPresence Mobile Features for the iPhone 4S
Featuring an intuitive user interface for individual or multi-party video conferences in HD quality, RealPresence Mobile on the iPhone 4S allows users to view content –such as presentations– by swapping the view between the content and conference participants. The solution delivers the legendary Polycom video and audio for a higher quality, enterprise-grade experience, and allows users to block their video image during a meeting if desired.

New Features for RealPresence Mobile on the iPad 2
In related news, Polycom also announced today software upgrades to RealPresence Mobile for the iPad 2, including the capability to share PDF files from the tablet with other video meeting participants. Polycom plans to make this feature, as well as additional language options, available to the iPhone 4S and Android mobile devices in the future.

Vertical Industries Taking Video Mobile
A number of key vertical industries are increasingly using video collaboration technology such as Polycom RealPresence Mobile to enable the workforce to connect from anywhere at any time:

  • In education – Students can stay connected to professors, lectures, and course content, whether in a classroom or at home.
  • In government – Mobile responders can analyze situations in real-time with crisis centers and emergency teams, saving valuable time in the decision making process.
  • In healthcare – A physician can use a mobile device to collaborate via video with medical experts to streamline remote telemedicine sessions for better patient-centered care.
  • In manufacturing – Quality control can have eyes and ears on the factory floor to remotely facilitate inspection, maintenance can expedite repair, and operations can reduce time-to-market.

Demonstrations
To learn more about RealPresence Mobile and the RealPresence Platform, visit the Polycom booth (Stand 2D01 in Hall 2) at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, February 27-March 1, 2012. RealPresence Mobile features such as calling into a multi-party call with various standards-based video systems – including room systems, tablets and laptops – and viewing content pushed to other devices during video calls, will be demonstrated on the iPhone 4S, iPad 2, and Android-based smartphones and tablets.

Note to Editors: multimedia is available at http://media.polycom.com/global/videos/polycom-mobility.wmv.

Availability
The Polycom RealPresence Mobile solution will be available in early March as a free download for the iPhone 4S from the Apple AppStoreSM. The app is available today for tablets including the iPad 2 (from the Apple AppStore) and the Motorola XOOM, the DROID XYBOARD by Motorola, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (from the Android Market™). Initially, RealPresence Mobile for the iPhone 4S will require Polycom RealPresence Platform CMA licenses; in approximately 30 days, the solution will also be available with basic point-to-point video connectivity without requiring CMA licenses. Polycom is currently beta-testing RealPresence Mobile on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) phones – please contact us at android.phone@polycom.com to be put on the mailing list to be notified when the software application is ready for download. All components of the Polycom RealPresence Platform are available through Polycom’s certified channel partners. For more information on RealPresence Mobile or the RealPresence Platform, visit polycom.com or call 1-800 POLYCOM.

1: Gartner, Market Share Analysis: Mobile Devices, Worldwide, 4Q11 and 2011, February 14, 2012.
2: Gartner, iPad and Beyond: The Future of the Tablet Market, September 2, 2011.
3: Apple, Apple’s CEO Discusses Q4 2011 Results – Earnings Call Transcript, retrieved from: http://seekingalpha.com/article/300433-apple-s-ceo-discusses-q4-2011-results-earnings-call-transcript.

About Polycom
Polycom is the global leader in standards-based unified communications (UC) solutions for telepresencevideo, and voice, powered by the Polycom RealPresence Platform. The RealPresence Platform interoperates with the broadest range of business, mobile and social applications and devices. More than 400,000 organizations trust Polycom solutions to collaborate and meet face to face from any location for more productive and effective engagement with colleagues, partners, customers and prospects. Polycom, together with its broad partner ecosystem, provides customers with the best TCO, scalability, and security – on-premises, hosted or cloud delivered. Visit www.polycom.com or connect with Polycom on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.

This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 regarding future events and the future demand for mobile video conferencing, including statements regarding the rise of video conferencing and mobile video conferencing being poised for significant growth. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially and are also subject to risks and uncertainties that may result in Polycom being unable to capture potential market opportunity, including the impact of competition on our product sales and for our customers and partners; the impact of increased competition due to consolidation in our industry or competition from companies that are larger or that have greater resources than we do; risks associated with the realignment of our North America sales organization; potential fluctuations in results and future growth rates; risks associated with general economic conditions and external market factors; the market acceptance of Polycom’s products and changing market demands, including demands for differing technologies or product and services offerings; possible delays in the development, availability and shipment of new products, increasing costs and differing uses of capital; changes in key personnel that may cause disruption to the business; any disruptive impact to Polycom that may result from acquisitions; the impact of restructuring actions; and the impact of global conflicts that may adversely impact our business. Many of these risks and uncertainties are discussed in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011, and in other reports filed by Polycom with the SEC. Polycom disclaims any intent or obligations to update these forward-looking statements.

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.

© 2012 Polycom, Inc. All rights reserved. POLYCOM®, the Polycom “Triangles” 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 respective owners.

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Panasonic unveils a range of high brightness portable projectors

PT-VW430 series delivers high brightness and eco performance in a compact body

Amsterdam, Netherlands, 31 Jan, 2012 – Panasonic Europe today announced four new portable projectors, the PT-VW430 series. This series provides high brightness in a compact body for portable convenience without compromising on image quality. An additional benefit of this new projector range also includes ceiling mounted use in compact spaces.

The PT-VW430 series offers brightness of 5,000 lumens (PT-VX500/PT-VX505N) and high contrast ratio of 3,000:1, high-output 280W lamps, along with a built-in cooling system all within a portable compact body. This range is also very low maintenance with a lamp replacement cycle of up to 4,000 hours and an air filter replacement cycle of up to 4,000 hours.  Additionally noise output is extremely low at 29-dB, ensuring that presentations and classes are not disturbed.

Since the compact size allows the projectors to be used in various different locations, this range offers a Daylight View function, which adjusts the image according to the ambient light condition, ensuring that glare does not impair the image quality.

“We are thrilled to be launching this new range of projectors at ISE 2012,”. said Hartmut Kulessa, Marketing Manager for Projectors at Panasonic Europe. “This new series combines high brightness and performance with portability and is a testament to the evolution of our AV technology, demonstrating that price sensitive equipment does not necessitate a compromise on quality of image or brightness”.

In addition to offering low maintenance and superb performance, the PT-VW430 series is also designed to reduce overall environmental impact. When in Standby mode, power consumption is low at 0.5W, reducing running costs and carbon emissions. The PT-VW430 series prides itself on its ecologically conscious design and complies with both the EU directive on Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) and on Energy Using Products (EuP) Lot6.

The PT-VW430 series is ideal for portable and ceiling-mounted applications. A flexible zoom function allows the projector to be setup in many environments. A 1.6x zoom lens enables the PT-VW430 series to project in both short and long distances and vertical lens shift enhances ease of installation. Portability is further supported by wireless projection for PT-VW435N and PT-VX505N models. The enhanced Wireless Manager ME 6.0 freeware (expected availability from July 2012) is a faster and simpler wireless solution that works in conjunction with the PT-VW435N and PT-VX505N. The wireless ready models are also compatible with Panasonic’s Wireless Projector for iOS, a free downloadable wireless projection application available on iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

Easy remote monitoring can be controlled over a wired LAN system. Using the web browser monitoring system,  the projector can be set to send an email alert when the lamp needs replacing and it can also send notification for overall projector status. Multi Projector Monitoring and Control Software are also available for controlling multiple Panasonic projectors from a single PC. Additionally, the projector range is compatible with PJLink™ and Crestron’s Roomview™.

The PT-VW430 series guarantees easy set up by using the Auto Input Signal Search function and the Real time Keystone function. The Auto Input Signal Search function automatically detects and selects the input channel based on the signal. These portable projectors feature 10W speakers and a microphone input terminal that enables audio playback directly from the projector helping to make presentations more dynamic and memorable.

Other useful features include HDMI input terminal, RGB2 input terminal, direct power off, and Logo Transfer Application for customisation.

The PT-VW430 and PT-VX500 will be available from May 2012.

The PT-VW435N and PT-VX505N will be available from July 2012.

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Interactive Whiteboard – Local Schools Go Interactive With Epson EB-455WI

Interactive Ultra-Short-Throw

CSS Audio Visual, in partnership with Epson Ireland, recently installed over 50 Epson Super Close Interactive Projectors in two local schools. Both Manor House School and St Pauls College, Raheny, both chose the Epson EB 455wi Interactive Projector for their classrooms.

Schools and businesses can affordably tap into interactive working and learning with this widescreen, 2,500-lumen, ultra-short-throw projector.

Make any surface interactive – including a tabletop – without the need for a screen or whiteboard. This complete package comes with everything that’s needed to create a collaborative learning or working experience, including projector, digital pen and wall-mount.

Large, fully interactive projection
Achieve an image size of up to 97 inches, fully interactive right to the corners. Notes or additions can be saved with the digital pen, giving complete control of the projection area. Annotate without casting a shadow thanks to the ultra-short-throw design, achieving a 70-inch projected image from just 16cm.

Desktop collaboration
Mount the projector vertically, allowing collaborative work on documents or multimedia files on the tabletop to make group projects and classroom activities more engaging.

Easy to use
Always easy to use, the projector is quick to set up and shut down with USB ‘plug-and-play’ functionality plus quick start and instant off features, which avoid wasting valuable lesson time.

High quality images
No matter what the interactive projector is used for, Epson’s 3LCD technology ensures high-quality images with its equally high White and Colour Light Output for vivid, natural colours and deep blacks, even in dayligh

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Audio Conferencing – Polycom Ships 4 Millionth Conference Phone

Polycom continues to lead in the worldwide audio conference phone market with about 80 percent market share. The overall market is expected to grow over the next several years, with analysts predicting a 16.9 percent CAGR revenue increase for audio conferencingPolycom Ships 4 Millionth Conference Phone, Making Lifelike Conversations Possible for Nearly 20 Yearsequipment from 2009 through 2015.1

For two decades, Polycom phones have helped shape the way business gets done. Millions of people recognize the Polycom brand for its long history of innovation in voice collaboration, which began in 1992 when the company shipped the first Polycom® SoundStation® conference phone. Since then, Polycom has led the industry with technological breakthroughs that continued to improve the user experience and help people make better decisions, faster. These innovations include Polycom HD Voice™, which provides twice the clarity of ordinary phone calls and patented Polycom Acoustic Clarity Technology™, which enables crystal-clear group calls without echoes, drop-outs or feedback. Polycom has also incorporated advanced VoIP (voice over IP) support, wireless capabilities, and native integration with leading UC solutions to ensure a UC environment that is interoperable enterprise-wide.

Last month, Polycom unveiled its most versatile addition to the conference phone portfolio, the Polycom® SoundStation Duo™, which eases the migration from analog to VoIP telephony by working in both environments and ensuring investment protection in the process.

Polycom’s voice quality is also a key reason why many customers choose Polycom video solutions. HD Voice is now a standard feature in all Polycom video solutions – and many customers rate the voice quality of Polycom video as far superior in terms of delivering a true lifelike experience. Polycom also recently introduced a new business media phone, the Polycom® VVX® 500, which combines HD Voice, advanced telephony and the capability to do one-touch video in a single desktop phone.

“Shipping our 4 millionth conference phone is about more than just hitting a huge milestone – it’s about leveraging Polycom’s long history of innovation in the market to continue to transform and improve the way people work,” said Sudhakar Ramakrishna, executive vice president and general manager of UC solutions and chief development officer, Polycom. “As Polycom expanded from voice products to a comprehensive UC and HD video solution set powered by the Polycom® RealPresence™ Platform, customers time and again tell us their association with the Polycom brand is built on trust, quality and reliability, which all began with our conference phone. For millions of people the world over, the story is the same: they buy Polycom because our solutions work as advertised and they remove the barriers to distance communication to enable lifelike collaboration at enterprise scale.”