SOURCE: Polycom, Inc.

Polycom, Inc.

December 09, 2009 08:30 ET

Xstrata Strikes Big With Polycom Telepresence

Global Mining Company Counts on Polycom for Increased Productivity and Business Efficiency

ZUG, SWITZERLAND and PLEASANTON, CA--(Marketwire - December 9, 2009) - Mining group Xstrata has chosen to implement high definition telepresence solutions from Polycom, Inc.(NASDAQ: PLCM), the global leader in telepresence, video and voice communications solutions, to increase the efficiency of its internal and executive communications efforts.

Xstrata with its 40,000 employees worldwide at very disparate places, sometimes off the beaten track, is leveraging Polycom telepresence for face-to-face collaboration to significantly cut down on travel required and increase productivity. Polycom's solutions have delivered travel savings and work efficiencies with a better work-life balance for employees and executives as well as reinforced the company's commitment to reducing its environmental impact. Xstrata saw a quick user uptake and a rapid return on investment (ROI) just within a few months.

Besides many other applications, Xstrata is using video for its budget meetings between eight different sites of its nickel business across the globe. Through video, the company can now save US$60,000 in flights and associated travel cost alone, just for one meeting.

The solutions deployed include Polycom HDX 4000™ personal telepresence for premier conferencing at the desktop level, Polycom HDX 9000™ room telepresence which delivers true HD video, audio and content-sharing capabilities as well as the Polycom RMX 2000™ conferencing infrastructure platform that enables multi-site conferences and unified voice and video conferencing capabilities.

Supporting quotes:

Jason Wilkins, CIO at Xstrata

"The video conferencing decision wasn't just about high definition or the latest technology. It was more about ensuring that the quality of the video conference experience was sufficient to attract users and replace costly in-person meetings. The Polycom solution has demonstrated this with remarkable success."

Steve Leyland, General Manager Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) at Polycom

"We are extremely pleased with our relationship with Xstrata and view it as a long-term partnership that will enable them to capitalize on their network and telepresence solution."

Useful Links:

-- Polycom Case Study: Xstrata

-- Polycom ROI Measurement Tools

-- Polycom Telepresence

-- Polycom Conferencing Infrastructure

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Polycom, Xstrata, HDX, CMA, RMX, VBP, Unified Communications, Collaboration, Video, Telepresence

About Xstrata

Headquartered in Zug, Switzerland, Xstrata's businesses maintain a meaningful position in seven major international commodity markets: copper, coking coal, thermal coal, ferrochrome, nickel, vanadium and zinc, with a growing platinum group metals business, additional exposures to gold, cobalt, lead and silver, recycling facilities and a suite of global technology products, many of which are industry leaders. The Group's operations and projects span 19 countries. For further information

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Polycom, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLCM) is the global leader in telepresence, video, and voice solutions and a visionary in communications that empower people to connect and collaborate everywhere. Visit for more information and follow us on Twitter @AllAboutPolycom.

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