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Updated: Polycom Expands UC Intelligent Core Including Support for Cisco Telepresence Interoperability Protocol

February 8, 2011 | Kendal Kirby
Polycom announces adoption of Cisco's Telepresence Interoperability Protocol paving the way for connecting Polycom's OTX and RPX Platforms with Cisco CTS 3010 & 3210 multiscreen telepresence environments.

Telepresence, unified communications, and visual collaboration provider Polycom, has announced an expanded offering around their Polycom UC Intelligent Core suite of visual collaboration network infrastructure, which extends interoperability with other vendors' telepresence and unified communications solutions.  This expanded interoperability includes support for Cisco's  Telepresence Interoperability Protocol (TIP) which will allow Polycom's multi-screen telepresence solutions including the OTX and RPX platforms to communicate with telepresence solutions from Cisco including the CTS 3010 and CTS 3210. 

The announcement is a continuation of Polycom's UC Everywhere strategy for seamlessly connecting communications across the continuum of consumer, mobility, SMB and the enterprise, independent of platform or network.  The company also announced, in a video message from CEO Andy Miller, that Polycom would be extending the universal bridging capabilities of the UC Intelligent Core to include support for the Microsoft Real-Time Video Protocol and emerging standards such as H.264 SVC and others over time. 

Todd Luttinger, president and CEO of Providea Conferencing, A telepresence and visual collaboration service provider that supports Polycom customers applauded the announcement in a statement: "Customers want broad interoperability across their communications systems and interoperability efforts like Polycom's are helping to unlock the potential for video communications to truly change how people work and live, Standards and interoperability at both the system and network level are critical to achieving the same type of ubiquity for telepresence as we enjoy today with telephones."

In Q2 of 2011, Polycom plans to allocate full interoperability with Cisco and other venders' systems.  The software upgrade is free for customers with valid maintenance agreements.

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