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This week in UC: Polycom Announcements

June 12, 2010

Polycom had a busy week when it came to announcements in the Unified Communications sector.

When UC stalwart Polycom kicked off 2010 with the announcement of a grand, new collaborative strategy -- called Polycom Open Collaboration Network - the idea was to strengthen its relationship with UC players like Microsoft, HP, Juniper, Siemens, Broadsoft, IBM andAvaya for the purpose of interoperability.
Five months later, Polycom, whose technology is at the core of the UC collaboration technology market, with high-definition voice and high-definition video and telepresence solutions, continues to strengthen its relationship with one of its key POCN partners, Avaya.
The decision reinforces current strategy behind the Polycom Open Collaboration Network or 'POCN' and will well position Polycom for continued growth and expansion in the UC space.
The company also extended the broad telepresence solution portfolio in the industry with the Polycom Open Telepresence Experience (OTX) 300.
The Polycom Open Telepresence Experience (OTX) 300 is a vast telepresence solution that provides true-to-life collaborations. It has full 1080p video, with up to half the bandwidth of similar systems. It also offers the lowest total cost of ownership to drive customers with a quick return of investment.
Andrew Miller, the president and chief executive officer at Polycom, Inc., stated that Polycom telepresence helps customers deal with the growing critical challence of working across numerous locations. Polycom customers can save millions of dollars annually using telepresence by enhancing productivity and lessening the need to travel. Polycom calculates that a mid-sized enterprise will spend up to $2.1M less in the first year of a normal Polycom telepresence deployment when measured against a similar deployment fromCisco. This includes bandwidth, equipment, maintenance and services.
The Polycom OTX 300 helps in lowering expenses. It supports high-definition (HD) video by the use of up to 50 percent less bandwidth than contending solution via the implementation of Polycom's H.264 High Profile.
In other news:
Personal telepresence solutions provider Vidyo has claimed that they were the first telepresence providers to ever attain 1440p in an HD multiparty video conference via general purpose IP networks. According to the company, patented architecture and VidyoRouter technology lets Vidyo's VidyoConferencing system to deliver unprecedented video fidelity at 2560x1440p resolution through a standard Internet connection.Intel
 AT&T, a provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet and voice services, brings a network-based videoconferencing bridging capability to market. This capability allows Cisco Telepresence technology users to conduct inter-company sessions with standard-definition and high-definition video equipment from numerous vendors.  architecture-based platforms present in VidyoTechnology enables it to take advantage of Intel's intelligent multi-core technology to achieve milestones in videoconferencing price and performance.

Alice Straight is a unified communications editor. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

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