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John Laing Uses Polycom� RealPresence� Video Solutions and Microsoft� Lync� to Boost Efficiency by Delivering Quicker Response Times, while Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

April 30, 2013 | Telepresence Options

Polycom Realpresence


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Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM), the global leader in open, standards-based unified communications (UC&C), today announced that John Laing, a specialist investor, operator, and manager of public sector infrastructure assets, has implemented a combination of�Microsoft� LyncServer 2010�and�Polycom� RealPresence��video solutions, to provide an end-to-end�unified communications and collaboration�solution across its global operations. With employees dispersed in 73 offices across the UK and six offices overseas, teams use video meetings to collaborate face-to-face securely in real time while managing the development risk, project financing, asset management and operations with its partners and project supply chain.

John Laing manages 76 privately financed infrastructure projects for the public sector, ranging from the Intercity Express Programme, the Second Severn Crossing between England and Wales and the Greater Manchester Waste Management PFI, as well as transport, health, renewable energy and special purpose government facilities projects in the UK and overseas.

Employees work from various global offices and often are mobile and on the go, and need to interact and collaborate with each other across national borders and technical infrastructures on a wide range of projects. Key requirements for John Laing included the ability to interoperate with existing systems and applications, and ease of use to drive user adoption, as the company looked to improve collaboration using any device, increase productivity and reduce travel costs. Working with Polycom partner Wirebird, and technology automation specialists AMX to design and implement video meeting rooms, John Laing implemented four Polycom� RealPresence� Room video solutions (including the Polycom� HDX� 8000) at its new London head office and six other conference rooms around the world. All RealPresence video solutions are powered by the Polycom� RealPresence� Platform - the most interoperable and comprehensive UC&C software infrastructure for universal video collaboration. John Laing is also using Polycom� RealPresence� Mobile 2.0 for consortium partners and employees using tablets or smartphones while on the move.

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