Kathea, a distributor of video communications solutions, has announced the availability of Polycom’s open, standards-based unified communications and collaboration (UC&C), RealPresence Mobile 2.2, a software update for the award-winning app that lets customers securely extend video collaboration beyond the conference room to tablets and smartphones.
“The Polycom RealPresence Mobile 2.2 now offers ease and simplicity for all mobile users to connect anywhere while on the go. Users now also have the opportunity with the application to control their video conferencing system from their tablet device such as call transfers, volume and camera control, enabling quicker user adoption of video conferencing” says Steven Robertson, UC Product Manager at Kathea.
The upgrade includes Polycom SmartPairing technology, content sharing, and SVC support for Android devices, as well as new support for the Apple iPad mini and Apple iPhone 5.
Polycom RealPresence Mobile 2.2 provides a simple and intuitive video collaboration experience when users are on-the-go, travelling or working remotely. The upgrades for the software include:
- Polycom SmartPairing technology with unique ability to control Polycom room systems now supports Android tablets:
First announced in October 2012 for Apple tablets running iOS, Polycom SmartPairing technology is a unique innovation from Polycom that wirelessly pairs tablets to Polycom’s video conferencing systems. Users can control video meeting functions such as volume, mute and start/stop with their tablets, and they can walk into a conference room while on a live mobile video call and transfer that call from tablet to big screen with the swipe of a finger.
- Radically lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) with 3X HD video capacity:
Polycom RealPresence Mobile, powered by the Polycom RealPresence Platform – the most interoperable and comprehensive software infrastructure for universal video collaboration – supports open standards-based Scalable Video Coding (SVC) technology, which delivers 3X the previous capacity for HD multipoint video calls for greater scalability, dramatically lower TCO, superior performance, and backwards- and forwards-compatibility to protect customer investments. SVC support delivers affordable scalability for businesses expanding their video networks to include more devices such as tablets and smartphones.
- Content sharing from a tablet during a video conference:
Tablet users can send content to all other video meeting participants, regardless of whether the other users join from a group video conferencing system or mobile device.
Polycom offers support across more than a dozen devices including tablets and smartphones from Apple, Motorola, Samsung and HTC, among others. Polycom helps companies embrace the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend so that employees can experience high-quality mobile video collaboration solutions on their device of choice from anywhere without sacrificing quality, security or reliability.
“When we unveiled RealPresence Mobile in October 2011, we knew we were at the beginning of a wave of use cases for mobile video. Since then, we have seen fast adoption of RealPresence Mobile among businesses, as well as vertical industries such as healthcare, education and financial services. When people travel for work, or are mobile, they still want a secure, HD-quality solution for connecting face-to-face with their colleagues, partners and customers,” says A.E. Natarajan, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Engineering, Polycom. “As a result of the innovation of Polycom’s engineering team, we are proud to offer the most interoperable, reliable and secure solution for video collaboration that supports BYOD in a mobile world and enables dispersed workers to get business done faster.”
As more organisations around the world adopt video to improve collaboration and productivity, companies of all sizes and across all industries rely on Polycom solutions for the highest quality audio, video, and content-sharing capabilities. Polycom RealPresence Mobile, when powered by the Polycom RealPresence Platform, lets mobile device users search corporate directories, share content, and traverse secure firewalls.