Unified communications vendor, Polycom, has opened its new Solutions Centre in Sydney.
The facelift, which promotes the company's unified communication, cloud and mobility solutions, is designed to allow Australian businesses and governmental agencies to explore Polycom’s full range video, voice and telepresence products and see first hand the benefits they provide to business productivity.
Polycom senior sales engineer, Michael McLean, demonstrated some SMB and enterprise level products at the launch. They included the m500 Mobile Telepresence application for tablets and the High Definition Experience (HDX) series of telepresence systems for meeting rooms.
McLean highlighted HD video and ease of use as being key factors of telepresence, and Polycom’s latest range of products aim to overcome the challenge of booking and running meetings with handy templates for mail clients such as Microsoft Outlook, where the user just needs to click on a link in the email to join the video conference and start the video feed.
Efficient telepresencing on Apple’s iPad and Android tablets is now also possible through the m500 solution, which allows for switching between video feeds and data content by simply dragging and dropping.
Polycom Asia-Pacific vice-president, Michael Chetner, sees the education and SMB sectors in Australia benefitting from these offerings, with the gradual rollout of the National Broadband Network potentially building demand for Polycom products in new areas such as eHealth.
Other technologies on display at the Solutions Centre include the Open Telepresence Experience (OTX) 300 and the RealPresence Experience (RPX), which are high-end solutions aimed at creating an open environment for collaboration.
In addition to a HD video conferencing experience, the two large enterprise solutions come with built-in screens in the conference table to access Microsoft PowerPoint slides and other data during a meeting for an immersive experience.
Polycom has already seen a lot of interest in the high-end solutions in the Asia-Pacific region, notably in China, which is experiencing the highest level of growth in video conferencing following the US.
While Polycom offers three codec and single codec arrangements of the OTX and RPX solutions at various pricing levels, office space was highlighted by Chetner as a bigger limiting factor than price for companies, so more compact solutions such as the EagleEye Director room camera tracking system are more appropriate for enterprises and SMBs.
For executives who want to conference from the comfort of their office desk or home, the HDX 4500 all-in-one executive desktop telepresence solution is also available.
Polycom recently acquired the assets of Hewlett-Packard's Visual Collaboration business, such as its Halo videoconferencing products and managed services, as part of a bid for unified communications.