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Polycom's Video Solutions Deployed In GUR Program Across Russian Federation

November 14, 2013

Polycom Inc., announced that the company’s video collaboration solutions will be deployed for powering up the Gymnasium Union of Russia (GUR) Program rolled-out by Russian Foundation for Education Support. The video-enabled classrooms of the 350 member institutions of GUR deploy Polycom RealPresence Room video solutions that allow for 35,000 teachers, students and representatives from public enterprises to collaborate in a virtual environment.

Speaking of the organization’s decision to choose Polycom video solutions, A. K. Fedorov, Vice President of the Foundation for Education Support and Head of the GUR, said “High reliability, functionality and continuity are crucial to us when it comes to choosing technologies for our teachers and students across all education institutions. When we analyzed the technical means by which we could unite different schools via video we reviewed various videoconferencing solutions. We picked Polycom because their solutions met all of our requirements and offered the most scalable, interoperable, and flexible solutions for the most reasonable cost. We take into account the key characteristics of equipment, as well as the cost when thinking about new purchases every year.”

Polycom’s solutions offer the required security, flexibility, scalability and high-definition quality for video applications that are deployed in an environment such as GUR program. The company’s Polycom RealPresence Media Manager software enables the educational institutions to record seminars and classes for wide distribution across the student and teaching communities for future reviews and studies. The GUR program powered by Polycom video collaboration solutions was highly appreciated by the student and teaching community alike for enabling new system for fostering a virtual educational information network.

The GUR program was constituted in 2007 by Foundation for Education Support to connect the professional networks of lyceums and gymnasiums across the federal states of the Russia. The program receives scientific, methodological, content quality and nation-wide collaboration support from Saint-Petersburg State University.

Polycom offers unified communications and collaboration applications based on open standards for video and voice collaboration. With more than 415,000 customers and around 7,000 business partners, the company offers extensive unified communication solutions and interoperability across multi-vendor devices.

Edited by Cassandra Tucker

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