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KISTI Deploys Polycom's UC Solutions for Education Improvement Project

November 10, 2011

Polycom, a provider of standards-based unified communications (UC) solutions, announced that its UC solutions are going to help Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (KISTI) enhance education and deliver visual e-learning via the newly commenced ‘Cyber Convergence Research/Education Improvement Project’.

KISTI is going to leverage Polycom UC solutions including the Polycom RealPresence platform to help Korean students get a higher quality education and a more interactive research environment by using visual collaboration technologies to connect eight science and engineering universities across the country.

According to Polycom, the Polycom RealPresence Platform is the most comprehensive software infrastructure for universal video collaboration, powering Polycom's HD telepresence and video solutions. It fits in the UC ‘stack’ between the foundation layer of core network and security infrastructure and the services, applications, and device/endpoint layers above it, enabling the various software elements, which are typically from a range of different vendors, to interoperate seamlessly.

KISTI selected the Polycom RealPresence Platform for this project, including the Universal Video Collaboration and Video Content Management components. An advantage of the RealPresence platform is the solution’s backward-compatibility with legacy systems and forward-compatible with new, emerging systems. It could guard KISTI's existing IT investments and accelerated ROI. These are the factors cited by KISTI as reasons for picking Polycom.

KISTI asserted that it is seeing increased demand for the technology and more uses of it from broadcasting live lectures to simulating and streaming video discussions in real-time, hosting virtual events and consulting on research and development projects.

It plans to expand the solution to cover a wider variety of educational programs, such as second year science and technology projects, and reach a broader network of universities across Korea, in addition to customizing research link-ups between its educators, medical institutions and field researchers.

Officials with Polycom Korea remarked that Polycom is a leader in distance education globally, providing compelling UC solutions for educators designed to enrich the entire learning experience and creating virtual global classrooms of the future. It is fantastic to see that customers such as KISTI are benefiting from their solutions through real-time communication and collaboration to significantly enhance education.

In other news, Ciena Corporation, the network specialist, and the Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (KISTI), recently announced the deployment of the first 100G network in Korea. KISTI will leverage Ciena's industry-leading coherent optical technology to expand its network capacity to support enhanced collaboration across the nation on science and technology initiatives for the industrial, academic and corporate sectors.

Nathesh is a contributing editor for unified communications. To read more of Nathesh's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

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