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Polycom Expands Telepresence Applications With New Customizable Telepresence Solutions

November 20, 2009 | Chris Payatagool

polycom_atx.jpgPLEASANTON, CA  -- Polycom, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLCM), the global leader in telepresence, video and voice communication solutions, today announced a new line of highly adaptable immersive telepresence solutions -- Polycom Architected Telepresence Experience(TM) (Polycom ATX) 300. Based on Polycom's industry leading visual communication technology and designed for flexibility, the Polycom ATX 300 solutions can be customized by qualified audio/visual (AV) integrators to address vertical industry applications or precisely meet an organization's unique collaboration and/or room requirements.

The Polycom ATX 300 is a telepresence kit featuring technology components and software that is combined with planning, design, and implementation services from qualified AV integrator partners to create customized solutions for a broad range of industries and applications. The system can be used to create unique immersive telepresence environments customized with displays, furniture, lighting, acoustics, décor, etc. Customers may also be able to incorporate existing furniture or components to reduce costs and adapt the system to unique room requirements. Polycom ATX solutions are based on established video conferencing standards and open interoperability, so organizations can use them with existing video conferencing systems and with the estimated two million standards-based video conferencing and telepresence systems in use today.

"Customers have really embraced the concept of an immersive video communications experience, but increasingly want their own variation of a telepresence solution," said Michael Brandofino, executive vice president, video and unified communications, AVI-SPL. "Polycom has been the quickest to respond to that need with the Polycom ATX solution, which enables us to create solutions tailored for each customer. Coupled with ConferencePoint(TM), our comprehensive managed video services, we are able to support our customers' video communication needs from the desktop to the Polycom ATX immersive telepresence room."

"The opportunities for telepresence are limited only by imagination. The ability for people to see each other clearly and share information and content instantly across distances can be applied to virtually any industry to enhance collaboration, improve productivity and reduce costs," said Youssef Saleh, vice president and general manager, Telepresence and Vertical Solutions, Polycom. "With the ability to customize telepresence for specific business needs, Polycom and its certified partners are helping customers create exciting new applications that are transforming how they operate and expanding what is possible in their businesses."

For example, in the enterprise market the Polycom ATX can be adapted into research and development environments to accelerate time-to-market for new products by connecting global teams and creating tighter collaboration with partners and supplies. In manufacturing environments, telepresence can be integrated to enable effective remote quality assurance for facilities anywhere in the world by enabling people in other locations to see and examine products as they come off the line in real time.

"We are extremely pleased that Polycom has delivered an immersive telepresence solution that is very flexible," said Zhang Huarong, chairman and president, Hua Jian Group. "The solution is being fully customized, at the right price point, to our unique requirements as a manufacturer with geographically dispersed plants around the country."

For industries like healthcare, the Polycom ATX can be used to create medical training studios, such as interactive operating room environments, where physicians can watch live surgeries over telepresence. In education, the Polycom ATX 300 can be adapted with installed-room audio devices, ceiling microphones, document cameras and other audio/visual systems to address a range of distance learning applications such as telepresence-enabled lecture halls or highly interactive classrooms between branch campuses.

The customizable Polycom ATX 300 solutions complement an existing broad portfolio of Polycom immersive, room and personal telepresence solutions and supporting infrastructure, management and video recording, streaming and content management solutions that enable comprehensive, enterprise-wide visual communication.

Organizations of all sizes and across industries are adopting visual communication to enable people and teams to work more effectively and efficiently across distances both within and across organizations. By reducing the need to travel, companies can increase productivity of employees, lower operating costs and reduce travel-associated carbon emissions. The value of the video conferencing market is set to post a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17.8 percent between 2008 and 2013, rising from $3.8 billion to $8.6 billion according to Gartner, Inc. (1)

About Polycom Telepresence

--  Polycom telepresence provides a natural, high-definition visual
    communication experience that allows people to collaborate more effectively
    across distances.
--  Polycom offers the broadest range of fully interoperable telepresence
    solutions to meet customers' varying application, space and budget
    requirements. Standards-based, Polycom solutions can be deployed within any
    unified communications (UC) environment and feature integration with
    leading UC platforms from Microsoft, IBM, Avaya, Nortel, BroadSoft and
--  Polycom is the industry leader in telepresence, having shipped nearly
    70,000 telepresence solutions through September 2009. Polycom has leading
    market share for the total installed video communication market (41
    percent) and leading market share for units shipped for the first half of
    2009 (35 percent) (Wainhouse Research, Sept. 2009).
--  Polycom telepresence customers include industry leaders in business,
    entertainment, education, financial services, healthcare and government.
    Examples include: Turner Broadcasting Systems, Georgetown University,
    NASDAQ, Duke University, Amgen, NATO, Atari, Regus, and Zurich Financial.

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