Polycom Adds Telepresence Options for Room, Desk, Mobile Use

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In an effort to deliver on its “UC Everywhere" vision, Polycom Inc. announced Wednesday the addition of three new telepresence solutions for improving room, desk and mobile video conferencing.

The new solutions include the EagleEye Director room camera tracking system, the HDX 4500executive desktop telepresence system and the mobile telepresence m100 solution – all of which are based on Polycom’s UC Intelligent Core technology.

Polycom EagleEye Director combines voice triangulation, face-finding technology and a dual-camera tracking system to automatically find and focus on the speaking party. This eliminates the need for making camera adjustments during a call. It also seamlessly transitions between highlighting individual speakers to capturing the entire room. The option is available for all HDX Room Telepresence systems.

“Not every meeting room’s layout is ideally suited for video conferencing. The result is a compromised user experience in which some remote participants appear too small on screen during video meetings," said Ira Weinstein, senior analyst and partner at Wainhouse Research, in a press statement.  “EagleEye Director’s ability to intelligently zoom in and focus on active speakers provides an ‘up-close and personal’ video experience without costly room upgrades or noticeable camera panning during conferences."

The HDX 4500 desktop telepresence offers executives and small groups HD quality using up to 50 percent less bandwidth than similar solutions. The desktop telepresence solution eliminates the need for peripherals that crowd an executive’s desk space while offering a large LCD display.  It  natively integrates with  Microsoft, HP, IBM, Juniper, BroadSoft, Siemens, McAfee and Avaya.

Polycom is extending the benefits of standards-based, enterprise-class telepresence to laptops, tablets and pads with the Polycom Telepresence m100. The simple, “instant messenger-style" interface allows users to make point-and-click calls from stored lists with little training for instant adoption. The software application works seamlessly with most USB cameras and embedded cameras.

The EagleEye Director and the HDX4500 will be available late April through certified channel partners starting at a list price of $8,499 and $11,999, respectively. The Telepresence m100 will be available in June through certified channel partners starting at a list price of $49.

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