Polycom, the global leader in open standards-based unified communications, today unveiled an expanded portfolio of next-generation video collaboration endpoints ranging from new systems for rooms of all sizes, to a sleek and powerful executive desktop system, to enhanced software for PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones, all with best-in-class user experiences. The new endpoints boast the new Polycom UX  (new user experience), which delivers the industry’s best video collaboration experience with more than 20 new user innovations and features, including a completely redesigned UI and the industry's most lifelike HD image quality (up to 1080p60 resolution), patent-pending Polycom SmartPairing technology, and innovative only-from-Polycom video, content sharing, and audio features. Polycom UX is designed to drive a superior experience and ease of use for users to increase adoption, while minimizing IT management and support, keeping IT costs down and usage up for better total cost of ownership (TCO).
The new portfolio also supports the industry’s first implementation of open standards-based Scalable Video Coding (SVC) technology, which delivers 3X HD multipoint capacity for greater scalability and dramatically lower TCO, higher quality video performance across devices, and breakthrough interoperability for backwards- and forwards- compatibility, protecting customers’ video investments and eliminating the need for expensive gateways or hardware required by competitive proprietary SVC products.
“Years of R&D have gone into developing these solutions, which are designed to deliver the best user experience with the highest video and audio performance in the industry, regardless of whether users are in the office, at home, or remote with a mobile device,” said Sudhakar Ramakrishna, President of Products and Services, Polycom. “A key to the new Polycom experience is a new UI that greatly simplifies the navigation for conducting and controlling video meetings and reduces IT management and training costs. From the underlying software to new hardware design and ‘cool’ form factors, we have extended our world-class portfolio of Polycom video collaboration endpoints as we move to further drive the mass adoption of video while satisfying a variety of use cases—from travelling sales reps and teleworkers, to executives and dispersed engineering orgs, to remote professors and physicians.”
Polycom UX – Best Experience for End Users and IT Administrators
The extended portfolio of next-generation video collaboration solutions includes the Polycom UX, the industry’s best user experience. It features a simple and intuitive new UI and delivers the highest quality video resolution (up to 1080p60) for the industry’s most lifelike visual experience. In addition, Polycom’s legendary HD audio technology includes the new patent-pending Polycom NoiseCancel technology, which eliminates unwanted or distracting noises like keyboard typing or paper shuffling.
Only from Polycom, the industry’s first SmartPairing technology.
Patent-pending Polycom SmartPairing technology, built into RealPresence Mobile 2.0, wirelessly connects Apple iPads to Group Series, enhanced HDX series, and RealPresence VisualEdge products, letting users control video meetings with their tablets and transfer a live video call from their tablet to a big screen with the swipe of a finger.
Polycom RealPresence VisualEdge delivers a sleek, stylish, and powerful executive desktop video solution. The leading-edge design includes a 27” screen panel with industry-leading resolution (up to 1080p60), – the largest screen in the industry for the category – that is ultra-slim at less than an inch thick. For an uncluttered workspace, the new system uses less than half the desktop area of competing solutions and can also serve as an executive’s primary PC display.
Polycom RealPresence Desktop 2.0 is a new, affordable, enterprise-qualityvideo collaborationsoftware application for Windows and Mac-based PCs and laptops, extending the benefits of Polycom RealPresence video collaboration at the office, home or on the go.
RealPresence Mobile 2.0 is Polycom’s award-winning software application for tablets and smartphones (iOS and Android devices). Now available for more than a dozen devices, the updated app includes the new patent-pending Polycom SmartPairing technology, initially for iPads. For iPad users, additional features include content sharing and far-end camera control.
Polycom also announced enhancements for the Polycom HDX Series 3.1, including upgrades for the Polycom RealPresence Whiteboard , the industry’s first embedded virtual whiteboard software in a video-conferencing unit with no external PC required. Users can annotate on the same digital screen, and support for standard touchscreens allows for dual-screen set-up and annotation with fingertips.