Kathea announces the availability of Polycom SoundStation Connect

Delivering audio quality to desktop or laptop-based meetings

March 27, 2013

Kathea, a distributor of video communications solutions has announced the availability of Polycom’s SoundStation Connect, an audio conference solution that lets users bring the gold standard in audio conferencing technology wherever they go. The SoundStation Connect plugs directly into any laptop or desktop USB port, letting users of soft-phone apps such as Polycom RealPresence Desktop 2.0, Microsoft Lync or IBM Sametime, experience HD-quality audio conferencing technology for small-group meetings in the office, at home or when travelling.

“Polycom SoundStation Connect lets customers take the legendary Polycom SoundStation audio conferencing experience anywhere they want to have voice or video meeting on their computer,” says Jim Kruger, Senior Vice President of Product and Solutions Marketing, Polycom. “SoundStation Connect is ideal for groups of people in small to midsize rooms such as salespeople and customers in a huddle room, patients and doctors in an office, or creative designers and ad experts in a brainstorm area. Polycom’s best-in-class HD audio technology allows all of the meeting participants on the call to hear and be heard, making calls more productive.”

“South Africa’s mobile workforce is gaining impetus and the SoundStation Connect, is the ideal solution for mobile workers who are computer-based but still require the best-in-class voice conferencing experience with plug-and-play ease of use and HD voice quality. Methods of communication and collaboration are now increased and the need to wait for a boardroom to setup a voice conference is a thing of the past. Voice conferencing is now possible in meeting rooms, remote locations or even whilst travelling,” says Mandy Pretorius, Product Manager – Voice at Kathea.

Benefits of the SoundStation Connect include:

  • Clear conversations – Polycom Voice technology reduces background noise, echo and feedback, while microphone pickup covers more than 7-feet in diameter,
  • Easy to deploy with broad interoperability – Plug-and-play with no software driver needed, the device runs on USB power and works with any UC soft-phone app running on computers that support USB audio,
  • Easy to use and transport – The ultra-simple User Interface (UI) with volume up, down and mute makes it easy for anyone to use while the compact design is ideal for meetings on the go.

The announcement of the SoundStation Connect builds on the company’s Unified Communications and Collaboration (UC&C) innovation, which includes more than 850 patents. Polycom, which has an expansive product line with industry leading audio technology, recently announced it has shipped more than 10 million audio devices since the company’s founding in 1990.

Availability
Polycom SoundStation Connect is available from Kathea to resellers immediately.