New Polycom video collaboration solutions for the mid-market from Kathea

Kathea has announced the availability of Polycom’s new portfolio of solutions designed for medium-sized businesses.

October 23, 2012

Kathea, local distributor of Polycom video communications solutions, has announced the availability of Polycom’s new portfolio of solutions designed for medium-sized businesses. These solutions make high-quality, enterprise-grade video collaboration more affordable and easier to access for the mid-market. The portfolio includes Polycom RealPresence Collaboration Server 800s, Virtual Edition, as well as various next-generation RealPresence video endpoints.

Polycom RealPresence Collaboration Server 800s, Virtual Edition is the industry’s first multi-protocol, integrated software Multi-point Control Unit (MCU) with open standards-based Scalable Video Coding (SVC), interoperable with Advanced Video Coding (AVC). It delivers 3X HD multipoint video capacity for superior performance and greater scalability. The solution offers dramatically lower total cost of ownership and backwards- and forwards-compatibility, without the need for expensive gateways or hardware required by proprietary SVC offerings, and is ideal for mid-sized enterprises. The RealPresence Collaboration Server 800s, Virtual Edition, is part of the Polycom RealPresence Platform, the most interoperable and comprehensive software infrastructure for universal video collaboration.

Polycom’s mid-market video collaboration endpoint solutions include RealPresence Group 300 with SmartPairing Technology and EagleEye Acoustic Camera. RealPresence Group 300 is the next generation of HD video collaboration systems for smaller spaces or huddle rooms that need crystal-clear video calls at an affordable price. RealPresence Group 300 features HD video quality and Polycom HD audio technology, including Polycom ConstantClarity technology for extraordinary audio and video fidelit. Polycom is also offering the new EagleEye Acoustic camera, an easy-to-install and cost-effective accessory for smaller spaces with built-in microphones and electronic pan, tilt, and zoom at HD quality 1080p30.

Polycom RealPresence Desktop 2.0 is a new, affordable, enterprise-quality video collaboration software application for Windows and Mac OS X-based PCs and laptops. The solution extends the benefits of Polycom RealPresence video collaboration from the office desk to the home or wherever a user travels when on the go. The system includes features such as a corporate directory search, the ability to select a specific application for content sharing, and far-end (remote) camera control. RealPresence Desktop is the next generation of desktop software applications from Polycom.

Polycom RealPresence Mobile 2.0 is Polycom’s award-winning software application that lets customers securely extend video collaboration beyond the conference room to easily connect tablets and smartphones (iOS and Android) with other standards-based video systems. In addition, patent-pending Polycom SmartPairing, built into RealPresence Mobile 2.0, wirelessly connects Apple iPads to RealPresence Group 300 systems, 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.

“These innovations from Polycom for medium-sized businesses further extend the reach of the customer base for Polycom and Kathea. This new portfolio makes video collaboration more affordable and available to business of all, meeting their need for advanced technology as well as their budgets,” says Divesh Nathoo, pre-sales manager at Kathea.

Availability
Polycom RealPresence Group 300 is available to order immediately. The Polycom EagleEye Acoustic camera will be available in November 2012. Polycom RealPresence Desktop 2.0 for Windows will be available in November 2012 and for Apple Mac OS X in the first-half of 2013. Polycom RealPresenceMobile 2.0 will be available as a free download from the Apple AppStore and Google Play in November 2012. Initially, SmartPairing will run on the iPad 2 and the new iPad, with capabilities to connect to the Polycom RealPresenceGroup 300.

For more information, visit www.polycom.co.uk or contact Kathea.