Polycom Enhances Telepresence Lineup

Polycom recently added to its line of telepresence solutions with three new offerings: the EagleEye Director room camera tracking system, the HDX 4500 executive desktop telepresence system, and the mobile telepresence m100 solution.
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Polycom Enhances Telepresence Lineup

Polycom recently added to its line of telepresence solutions with three new offerings: the EagleEye Director room camera tracking system, the HDX 4500 executive desktop telepresence system, and the mobile telepresence m100 solution.

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Polycom recently added to its line of telepresence solutions with three new offerings: the EagleEye Director room camera tracking system, the HDX 4500 executive desktop telepresence system, and the mobile telepresence m100 solution.

"We are continuing to deliver on our UC [unified communications] Everywhere vision and strategy with advancements that leverage our UC Intelligent Core technology and the cloud to personalize and extend the UC experience," said Sudhakar Ramakrishna, Polycom chief development officer, in a statement.

EagleEye Director creates a "production studio experience" for conference room telepresence environments, company officials said, through the combination of voice triangulation, face-finding technology, and a dual-camera tracking system.

"Not every meeting room's layout is ideally suited for videoconferencing. 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 statement.

Polycom said the EagleEye Director delivers a personalized face-to-face telepresence experience in any conference room by ensuring the speaking party is always highlighted, zoomed in on, and centered. It transitions between highlighting individual speakers to capturing the entire room, allowing users to replicate a lifelike conversation and drive more productive meetings, according to the company. By automatically finding and focusing on speaking parties, the EagleEye Director eliminates the need for making camera adjustments during a call and making inadvertent mistakes with the remote control. It is available as an option for all HDX Room Telepresence systems.

The HDX 4500 desktop telepresence system is an all-in-one solution that delivers HD quality at up to 50 percent less bandwidth than similar solutions based on H.264 High Profile technology, according to Polycom. The HDX 4500 delivers standards-based interoperability and native integration with Polycom Open Collaboration Network partners, such as Microsoft, HP, IBM, Juniper, BroadSoft, Siemens, McAfee, and Avaya.

Finally, Polycom introduced away for smaller companies to easily deploy a professional HD video experience with its Telepresence m100 software application for PCs. The standards-based software allows users to instantaneously share content in a videoconference and connect to any standards-based telepresence solutions, including both H.323 and SIP deployments. Coupled with its recent video software announcements on Samsung Galaxy Tab and Motorola Xoom tablets, Polycom said it is extending the benefits of standards-based telepresence to laptops, tablets, and pads.

The software application works seamlessly with most USB cameras and embedded cameras for simplified deployment, according to Polycom. It offers firewall traversal options and dual-stack support so users can call both legacy and current-generation video-enabled devices.

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

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