SOURCE: Polycom, Inc.

January 22, 2008 08:29 ET

Polycom ARENA Partners Standardize on Polycom's Market-Leading Collaboration Platform to Deliver New Solutions

Polycom ARENA Expands Application Portfolio for Polycom Video Collaboration With Interoperable Solutions From Leading Vendors in Telemedicine, Wireless Communications, Media Streaming, Resource Management, and ROI Decision-Making Tools

PLEASANTON, CA and SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - January 22, 2008) - Polycom, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLCM), the world's leading provider of unified collaborative communications solutions, today announced growing industry support for Polycom ARENA™, an ecosystem program enabling software application providers, hardware device manufacturers, and conferencing solution providers to integrate their products with the industry's leading unified collaboration platform to create new applications for customers in a variety of industries. Polycom ARENA partners AMD Telemedicine, Colubris Networks, Meru Networks, myVRM, RHUB, Video-Miles, ViewCast, and ZipDX today joined existing Polycom ARENA partners Apparent Networks, Audisoft, GlobalMedia Group, IP Access International, One Touch Systems, Revolabs, Simtrol, VBrick Systems and VR Meetings to offer standards-based, integrated solutions for key collaboration growth markets including education, healthcare, manufacturing, telejustice and public safety, and growing technology sectors including mobile communications and video streaming.

Polycom ARENA partners will demonstrate their new solutions at the Polycom Global Partner Conference taking place Jan. 22-24 in San Diego, Calif.

"Since joining the Polycom ARENA program, Audisoft Technologies was able to quickly certify our wireless video communication system Frontline Communicator on the Polycom platform, and then leverage Polycom sales and marketing channels to expand customer base in manufacturing, oil, gas, and energy, and public safety market segments," said Marie Lapalme, CEO of Audisoft Technologies, the winner of Polycom ARENA 2007 Application of the Year award. "And today, with the release of H.323-compatible solution, we are expanding the reach of Polycom customers to collaborate over a wireless and wearable communication system."

"We continue to build on the strength of our industry-leading collaboration platform to attract a wide variety of interoperable solutions from numerous technology providers, enabling our customers to have more choices to leverage their investment in Polycom solutions," said Mark Roberts, vice president, Polycom ARENA program. "This also opens new opportunities for our resellers to grow revenue by expanding into new market segments with new exciting applications."

New partners to the Polycom ARENA ecosystem and new integrated offerings include:

Intelligent Wireless LANs Enable Mobile Collaboration

Polycom ARENA partner Colubris Networks offers Wireless LAN (WLAN) solutions that enable mobile voice and video collaboration in healthcare, education, manufacturing, hospitality and other enterprise markets. The Colubris Intelligent Mobility Solution is ideal for collaboration applications, delivering multiple real-time services that can be optimized for quality of service (QoS) and security. Using a Colubris WLAN, a broad range of collaboration solutions can be mobilized, from video conferencing using Polycom telemedicine carts to telecommunications using Polycom SpectraLink® Netlink phones. Today, Colubris announced its Wireless Client Bridge 200 (WCB-200) has been selected by Polycom for integration with the Polycom HDX Practitioner Cart line of mobile telemedicine solutions. Targeted at the healthcare sector, the completely wireless Polycom telemedicine solutions enhance communications between care givers and improve patient outcomes.

Enhanced Collaboration in Healthcare

Polycom ARENA partner AMD Global Telemedicine is the leading, worldwide supplier of telemedicine hardware, software and technology devices used in telemedicine with more than 5,000 installed sites in 70 countries. The interoperability between Polycom video collaboration solutions and AMD Global Telemedicine's, AMD-2500, general exam camera & AMD-400 video platform will enable doctors and surgeons in primary care, emergency medicine, dermatology, ophthalmology, and wound care to collaborate with peers in real time. AMD provides electronic stethoscopes, video scopes for use in a variety of medical specialties as well as other specialized devices for telemedicine. Telemedicine is used extensively in international settings, correctional healthcare and in all medically underserved areas.

Expanding Workplace Mobility

Polycom ARENA partner Meru Networks is a leading provider of wireless mobility infrastructure solutions for healthcare, education, manufacturing, and hospitality. Meru's award-winning Air Traffic Control technology brings the benefits of the cellular world to the WLAN environment, and it delivers the reliability, scalability, and security necessary for converged voice and data services over a single WLAN infrastructure. The interoperability of Meru wireless LAN infrastructure with Polycom solutions will enable mobile capability for voice and video endpoints.

Audio Conferencing with Polycom HD Voice™

Polycom ARENA partner ZipDX has enhanced its global audio collaboration platform to offer integration with Polycom's voice portfolio, including high-fidelity conferencing with Polycom HD Voice. ZipDX participants can readily identify who is talking and better understand speakers thanks to the clarity and richness of Polycom HD Voice. Conference productivity is maximized with the ability to view and control conference details right from the telephone display. ZipDX also integrates with popular desktop calendaring and E-mail applications to uniquely enable "no codes conferencing," which automatically places each participant in the appropriate conference without requiring frustrating codes.

High Performance Streaming for Demanding Environments

Polycom ARENA partner, ViewCast Corporation (OTCBB: VCST), is a leading global provider of audio/video encoding and streaming products, with over a dozen years of experience in the industry. A pioneer of this technology, ViewCast demonstrates their depth of expertise in this arena by offering streamlined, simplified products that open up the world of streaming to everyone, including amateurs. ViewCast Niagara® Pro rack-mount streaming encoder systems, as well as their compact, portable Niagara GoStream® and Niagara GoStream Plus units, are powered by Osprey® video capture cards, which are now available in the new standard, PCI Express. The integration of ViewCast's user-friendly encoding and streaming hardware, along with their Niagara SCX® management and Niagara SDK development software, combined with Polycom's video collaboration solutions, enables professional and novice users alike to easily collaborate, capture and stream live audio/video content over the Internet.

Web Conferencing with Integrated Voice and Video Collaboration

RHUB is a premier provider of on-premise Web conferencing appliances, based on the company's TurboMeeting software, that meet the needs of any organization. RHUB has more than 5,000 end users in a variety of market segments including services, manufacturing, and government.

The TurboMeeting on-premise Web conferencing appliance family is interoperable with Polycom voice and video endpoints enabling desktop users to join meetings by a browser, requiring no download. RHUB's breakthrough View-Only technology will benefit enterprise, healthcare, education and government users, especially when IT policy restricts downloads.

Enhancing Productivity by Scheduling, Managing, and Tracking Meetings

Polycom ARENA partner myVRM is making it easier for customers to schedule, manage, and track meetings. myVRM is an intelligent, multi-faceted web-based resource management tool. The integration of myVRM with Polycom video collaboration solutions will enable enterprise customers to schedule multi-site video or audio conferences, manage and track usage of multiple devices or simply ensure that end users never double-book a conference room again.

Unique Software provides Decision-Making Tools to Automatically and Accurately Measure Carbon and all ROI Savings for Video Conferencing Infrastructure

Polycom ARENA partner The Visual Environment Ltd. and their unique Video-Miles® software automatically, accurately and instantly provides all carbon saved and all costs saved for all video conferencing systems and infrastructure. Video-Miles® can increase the strategic value of video conferencing by empowering users to drive, target, measure and monitor maximum utilization and productivity gains of their video conferencing investment. The Video-Miles® when integrated with Polycom video collaboration solutions provides the ability for customers to gain the ultimate ROI for their video conferencing infrastructure at the click of a mouse.

Polycom ARENA ecosystem partners can develop, test and certify interoperability between their solutions and the Polycom platform of voice, video and content collaborative solutions. In addition to platform APIs for developers, the Polycom ARENA offers a number of marketing and sales tools for business development managers, marketing and sales professionals via online portal. These tools help partners speed up time-to-market their innovative unified collaborative solutions and reach out to customers worldwide.

For more information about the Polycom ARENA partner program and partner solutions, visit

About Polycom

Polycom, Inc. is the worldwide leader in unified collaborative communications (UCC) that maximize the efficiency and productivity of people and organizations by integrating the broadest array of video, voice, data and Web solutions to deliver the ultimate communications experience. Polycom's high quality, standards-based conferencing and collaboration solutions are easy to deploy and manage, as well as intuitive to use. Supported by an open architecture, they integrate seamlessly with leading telephony and presence-based networks. With its market-driving technologies, best-in-class products, alliance partnerships, and world-class service, Polycom is the smart choice for organizations seeking proven solutions and a competitive advantage in real-time communications and collaboration. For additional information call 1-800-POLYCOM (765-9266) or +1-408-526-9000, or visit the Polycom website at

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