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September 23, 2010

Mobile Unified Communications in the Workplace Get Transformed

By Calvin Azuri, TMCnet Contributor

Polycom (News - Alert), Inc. is a worldwide leader in telepresence, video and voice communications solutions. The company expanded Polycom's leadership in voice over Wi-Fi (VoWi-Fi) products with next-generation Polycom SpectraLink 8400 series handsets for wireless voice and data applications that transform mobile unified communications (UC) in the workplace.

The new Polycom SpectraLink 8400 series are the first in the industry to feature a revolutionary standards-based application platform, which is the most reliable form factor for enterprise use, an integrated barcode reader, Polycom's renowned voice quality, and the industry's broadest interoperability with 802.11a/b/g/n wireless infrastructure and market-leading UC platforms.

In a release, Jim Kruger (News - Alert), Polycom vice president of Solutions Product Marketing said that "Having access to people and data when and where you need it is important for any business, but is mission-critical in environments like hospitals, manufacturing facilities and large retail stores. Polycom SpectraLink handsets are the gold standard in wireless workplace mobility and we are raising the bar again with the 8400 series in terms of voice quality, reliability, application support and open standards-based interoperability."

The SpectraLink VoWi-Fi telephones allow people to stay in contact and to access important data from any location within the enterprise Wi-Fi network. The new solutions are specifically designed to improve productivity and responsiveness of mobile workers, meet the critical communication needs in the healthcare, industrial, and retail markets, and deliver the industry's lowest total cost of ownership which is up to 33 percent lower than competing systems.

Craig Mathias, principal, Farpoint Group which is an advisory firm specializing in wireless communications and mobile computing said that "Polycom is taking enterprise-grade VoWi-Fi to a higher level of functionality and performance with the introduction of the 8400 series handsets. The SpectraLink 8400 incorporates all of the key features enterprises are looking for in wireless handsets, including durability and ease of use, and also includes support for critical business applications through a powerful and flexible thin-client approach. And, of course Polycom's reputation for building rugged, reliable products will put these new handsets on the short list across a huge range of applications."

Calvin Azuri is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Calvin’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Erin Monda

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