SOURCE: Polycom, Inc.

January 22, 2008 08:30 ET

Polycom to Demo Expanded Video Integration With IBM Lotus Sametime and Lotus Notes at Lotusphere 2008

Integration Supports Polycom HD Video Endpoints and Native IBM Lotus Notes Scheduling; Allows "Click-to-Call" and "Click-to-Conference" Video, Voice, and Unified Conferencing From Lotus Sametime and Lotus Notes

ORLANDO, FL and PLEASANTON, CA--(Marketwire - January 22, 2008) - Polycom, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLCM), a leading provider of unified collaborative communications solutions, today announced enhancements to Polycom Unified Collaboration for IBM Lotus Sametime and IBM Lotus Notes, an integrated offering from Polycom enabling users of Lotus Sametime and Lotus Notes to instantly launch high-definition (HD) video and high-quality voice conferences using the familiar Click-to-Call and Click-to-Conference functions. Additional enhancements add native scheduling of rich-media conferences within Lotus Notes, as well as SIP signaling support for Polycom HDX video endpoints, which enables users to instantly launch HD video calls.

Polycom will demonstrate these enhancements, including a preview technology demonstration of video, voice and unified collaboration with Lotus Sametime Unyte, in the Polycom booth at the Lotusphere 2008 conference taking place Jan. 20-24 in Orlando, Fla.

"Workforces are increasingly mobile and geographically dispersed. Polycom offers the millions of Lotus Notes and Lotus Sametime users instant access to industry-leading video and voice collaboration solutions within their existing, familiar applications as part of a solution that also adapts to how and where they work each day," said Joe Sigrist, senior vice president and general manager of video solutions at Polycom. "Lotus users can experience the best in high definition with Polycom HDX video endpoints, the only solutions equipped with UltimateHD™ for HD video, HD voice and HD multimedia content-sharing capabilities."

Polycom makes it easy for Lotus users to schedule, launch, and receive HD video, voice and unified voice and video calls, empowering them to integrate these tools into their existing workflows, making real-time collaboration with colleagues easy and natural. This instant access to Polycom rich-media collaboration tools enhances teamwork and accelerates enterprise decision making among remote workers, customers, partners and suppliers. Capabilities include:

--  One-click access to HD video, voice, and unified conferences: With a
    single click of a Click to Call or Click to Conference users can launch
    high-quality video (including HD) and voice conferences either as an
    escalation of an instant-messaging session within Lotus Sametime, or
    instantly from an email, contact list or address in Lotus Notes. Polycom
    will preview the demonstration highlighting how Lotus Sametime Unyte users
    can launch video and voice conferences, and include a video or voice
    conference as part of scheduled web conference.
    
--  Integrated conference scheduling in Lotus Notes: Users can also
    schedule video and voice conferences natively within Lotus Notes, making
    unified collaboration a seamless part of a user's normal workflow.
    
--  Flexible adaptation for how and where people work: Users also have
    flexibility for how they join a call with a solution that adapts to how
    they prefer to work in specific situations or locations on any given day.
    Lotus Sametime users can associate different devices with their Lotus
    Sametime profile (desktop phone, mobile phone, desktop video application,
    conference room video conferencing system, phones and video systems in home
    offices, satellite offices, etc.) and then simply choose which device they
    want use (or how they want others to contact them) when joining a meeting.
    People using different types of devices are joined seamlessly in a meeting
    through the unified conferencing capabilities of the Polycom infrastructure
    which also provide the optimum quality experience when both HD and
    traditional video conferencing systems are on the same call. The solution
    also works for non-Windows environments, enabling users to forward video
    calls from the Lotus Sametime client to video endpoints or phones.
    

For IT administrators, the solution provides a single infrastructure for rich media collaboration in a unified communications network that is easy to remotely deploy and manage. The solution integrates within an IBM unified communications platform and will work with existing installations of standards-based video conferencing equipment.

--  Seamless call routing for point-to-point and multipoint calls: The
    solution includes the Polycom RAS™ 200I application server that features
    API integration with the IBM Lotus Domino Server, providing seamless call
    routing between the Lotus applications and Polycom desktop and conference
    room video systems for point-to-point video calls, or the Polycom RMX
    2000™ conferencing-optimized media server for multi-point voice, video
    or unified conferences.
    
--  Accelerated, flexible deployment: The server-level integration allows
    for accelerated deployment because there are no changes required at the end-
    user client level, and while optimized for Polycom video endpoints, it will
    support any standards-based video conferencing system (including other HD
    systems) and all phones through the Polycom RMX 2000 conferencing optimized
    media server. The solution is available in configurations for video
    conferencing, voice conferencing, and unified video and voice conferencing
    that can join people on phones and video conferencing systems in the same
    meeting.
    
--  Integrated conference management platform: Native scheduling for Lotus
    Notes is enabled through a plugin for the Polycom ReadiManager® SE200
    scheduling and management platform, providing IT administrators with a
    comprehensive appliance for effectively managing and maintaining their
    organization's video conferencing endpoints.
    

"The Polycom solution is very easy for customers to deploy, because they do not need to change anything on the client. The solution interfaces directly to the Domino server making it easy to manage and use," said Jiri Linek, CEO, Gesto Communications, a communication solutions reseller in the Czech Republic. "Polycom's integration with Lotus Sametime and Lotus Notes gives users easy access to video communications that can help make them more productive and effective in their jobs."

Pricing and Availability

Fully licensed users of Lotus Sametime and Lotus Notes can enjoy the benefits such as Click-to-Call and multiparty calling from Polycom Unified Collaboration for Lotus Sametime and Lotus Notes. Polycom Unified Collaboration for Lotus Sametime and Lotus Notes enabled by the Polycom RAS 200I is available today worldwide through qualified Polycom channel partners. SIP signaling support for Polycom HDX endpoints and native Lotus Notes scheduling capabilities are planned for availability early in the second quarter of 2008.

Links to additional related information:

Polycom Unified Collaboration for IBM Sametime and IBM Lotus Notes http://www.polycom.com/ibm

Polycom UltimateHD http://www.polycom.com/usa/en/company/about_us/technology/ultimatehd/ultimatehd.html

Polycom HDX Video Collaboration Solutions http://www.polycom.com/usa/en/company/about_us/technology/ultimatehd/hdvideo.html

Polycom ReadiManager SE200 http://www.polycom.com/usa/en/products/network/conference_management_scheduling/readimanager_se200.html

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 high definition video, wired and wireless voice, and content solutions to deliver the ultimate collaborative 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, workplace wireless 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 from on-demand communications and collaboration. For additional information, call 800-POLYCOM or visit the Polycom web site at www.polycom.com.

Polycom reserves the right to modify future product plans at any time. Products and/or related specifications referenced in this press release are not guaranteed, and will be delivered on a when and if available basis.

Polycom, the Polycom logo and ReadiManager are registered trademarks and RMX 2000, RAS and UltimateHD are trademarks of Polycom in the U.S. and various countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. ©2008, Polycom, Inc. All rights reserved.

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