Polycom Expands Conferencing Line

By Matthew Hicks  |  Posted 2005-01-28 Print this article Print

The videoconferencing vendor introduces its first SIP conference phone and expands its line of lower-cost videoconferencing systems.

Polycom Inc. is expanding its line of conferencing products with a focus on supporting a key voice-over-IP standard. The Pleasanton, Calif., videoconference vendor this week announced its first conferencing phone that supports SIP (Session Initiation Protocol), a communications standard used in VOIP, and a new videoconferencing system for smaller conference rooms. The new conference phone, the SoundStation IP 4000 SIP, adds to Polycoms VOIP support. The company already supports SIP on its VSX videoconferencing line and in its desktop IP-based phones, said Jim Kruger, vice president of marketing for Polycoms voice division.
Polycom already sold the OEM versions of the SoundStation IP 4000 to support the proprietary VOIP protocols of vendors such as Cisco Systems Inc. and Avaya Inc., Kruger said. The general SIP version of the phone woks with BroadSoft Inc. and Sylantro Systems Corp. VOIP environments, Polycom said.
The SoundStation IP 4000 SIP is available now, and pricing starts at $1,099. Click here to read more about Polycoms recent introduction of a wireless conference phone. On the videoconferencing front, Polycom launched the VSX 6000, an entry-level system for smaller conferencing rooms. The system is built specifically for IP networks and does not include the ISDN support offered in other VSX products, said Michele Damerau, a senior product manager in Polycoms video communications group. What about desktop videoconferencing? Click here to read more about Polycoms partnership with Avaya. Like other VXS products, the VSX 6000 offers high-quality, 14 kHz audio, among other features. The VSX 6000 is available now and pricing starts at $4,999. Check out eWEEK.coms for more on IM and other collaboration technologies.
Matthew Hicks As an online reporter for eWEEK.com, Matt Hicks covers the fast-changing developments in Internet technologies. His coverage includes the growing field of Web conferencing software and services. With eight years as a business and technology journalist, Matt has gained insight into the market strategies of IT vendors as well as the needs of enterprise IT managers. He joined Ziff Davis in 1999 as a staff writer for the former Strategies section of eWEEK, where he wrote in-depth features about corporate strategies for e-business and enterprise software. In 2002, he moved to the News department at the magazine as a senior writer specializing in coverage of database software and enterprise networking. Later that year Matt started a yearlong fellowship in Washington, DC, after being awarded an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship for Journalist. As a fellow, he spent nine months working on policy issues, including technology policy, in for a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He rejoined Ziff Davis in August 2003 as a reporter dedicated to online coverage for eWEEK.com. Along with Web conferencing, he follows search engines, Web browsers, speech technology and the Internet domain-naming system.

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