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Providea Achieves Top Telepresence Partner Status From Polycom

August 6, 2009 | Chris Payatagool

provideasolutions.gifCAMARILLO, CA and PLEASANTON, CA -- Providea Conferencing, LLC, a leading provider of high-definition video conferencing, audiovisual and networked solutions, today announced it has achieved Polycom Telepresence Certified Plus status from Polycom, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLCM), a global leader in telepresence, video and voice communications solutions. The designation, the highest awarded by Polycom for telepresence partners, recognizes Providea for its ability to deliver world-class telepresence solutions with Polycom's broad portfolio of standards-based telepresence systems, and Providea's ClearVideo Conferencing Service and extensive support capabilities.

"There is tremendous customer interest for telepresence and video conferencing solutions as they address critical issues that customers are facing today -- from reducing costs and maximizing resources, to enhancing collaboration among geographically dispersed teams, to being more environmentally responsible," said Todd Luttinger, president of Providea. "Providea's comprehensive managed service and support capabilities combined with Polycom's standards-based telepresence solutions provide an ideal platform for collaborating in our evolving business environment."

Organizations across industries are adopting telepresence and video conferencing to address the challenges of global communication and collaboration, reducing business costs, and driving corporate social responsibility. As part of a comprehensive portfolio of telepresence solutions that meet different application, space and budget requirements, Polycom immersive telepresence solutions include life-size high-definition (HD) video, HD spatial audio and HD multimedia content sharing within a highly interactive, immersive environment that helps people in different locations feel like they are in the same room. Because these solutions can be deployed alongside any call management platform, and work seamlessly with nearly two million standards-based telepresence and video conferencing systems in use today, customers have more flexibility and receive greater ROI through the ability to use telepresence with customers, partners and vendors.

"Providea and Polycom deliver complete solutions that customers are demanding for enterprise-wide and business-to-business (B2B) telepresence and video conferencing deployments," said Joe Sigrist, senior vice president and general manager, Video Solutions, Polycom. "Customers also want flexibility and interoperability, and through our relationship with Providea, customers receive global managed services and support combined with the complete range of Polycom standards-based telepresence systems for different application, space and budget requirements. This enables customers to connect their entire organization and also expand collaboration with their customers and partners for even greater results."

As part of this certification, Providea completed Polycom's Telepresence VNOC (Video Network Operations Center) Provider Program, which provides a comprehensive review of the extensive capabilities required to provide managed services on telepresence, above and beyond those required for traditional video conferencing. As a Polycom Telepresence Certified Plus Partner, Providea has access to the global Polycom telepresence demonstration network and sales, marketing and service support from Polycom. The program allows Providea to resell Polycom telepresence solutions and ensures customers the highest levels of satisfaction including deployment, implementation, and ongoing service and support.

Additional information:

Providea ClearVideo Conferencing Service

http://www.provideasolutions.com/conferencing.html

Polycom Telepresence Solutions

http://www.polycom.com/telepresence

About Providea Conferencing LLC

Headquartered in Camarillo, CA with offices nationwide, Providea Conferencing offers a full suite of Telepresence and high-definition video conferencing solutions, along with comprehensive system and network design consultation and world-class support. Founded in 1999, the Providea team boasts years of experience in video conferencing, Professional Services, audiovisual design/build, multi-point bridging, network configuration and the best practices for successful deployment and utilization of these technologies. Leading organizations within financial, legal, technology, healthcare, entertainment, education and government sectors rely on Providea Conferencing.

About Polycom

Polycom, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLCM) is the global leader in telepresence, video, and voice solutions and a visionary in communications that empower people to connect and collaborate everywhere. Please visit www.polycom.com for more information.







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