Polycom launches three unified communications platforms designed to help businesses connect through telepresence.
communications specialist Polycom expanded 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
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.
Director is designed to offer "production studio experience" for
conference room telepresence environments. The platform features a coupling of
voice triangulation, face-finding technology and a dual-camera tracking system.
EagleEye Director delivers a more personalized face-to-face telepresence
experience in any conference room by ensuring the speaking party is always
highlighted (zoomed in and centered) for a one-to-many experience. The
appliance transitions between highlighting individual speakers to capturing the
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. "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."
HDX 4500 desktop telepresence all-in-one solution delivers HD quality at up to
50 percent less bandwidth than other platforms, according to a company release.
The newest member of the HDX 4000 family, the HDX 4500 brings high-quality
video and audio conferencing to the executive desktop through an all-in-one
solution. The desktop telepresence solution eliminates the need for peripherals
while offering a large LCD display and Polycom UltimateHD technology.
HDX 4500 delivers standards-based interoperability and broad native integration
with Polycom Open Collaboration Network (POCN) partners, including Microsoft,
HP, IBM, Juniper, BroadSoft, Siemens, McAfee and Avaya. In addition, optional
four-way MPPlus with HDCP (high-bandwidth digital content protection) enables
the extension from point-to-point to multipoint video communication.
Telepresence m100 software application for PCs is standards-based software
allowing users to share content in a video conference and connect to any
standards-based telepresence solutions, including both H.323 and SIP
deployments. In addition, the m500 application can be deployed on notebooks or tablet computers
like the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the Motorola Xoom. An "instant
messenger-style" interface allows users to make point-and-click calls from
stored lists, and the application works with most USB cameras and embedded
are continuing to deliver on our UC Everywhere vision and strategy with
cutting-edge 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. "Polycom is leading in UC
innovation through our customer-centric development that brings solutions to
market that enable new applications, increase interoperability, enhance
productivity and promote the viral use of telepresence."
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.