SOURCE: Polycom, Inc.

June 18, 2008 08:30 ET

Polycom Introduces New SoundStructure Features for Enhanced Audio Solutions for Installed Voice & Video Conferencing

Polycom Offers Unrivaled High-Performance Installed Audio and Sound Reinforcement Solutions That Are Easy to Design and Configure With Expanded SoundStructure Features

PLEASANTON, CA and LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - June 18, 2008) - INFOCOMM -- Polycom, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLCM), the leader in unified collaborative communications solutions, today announced expanded features and capabilities for its SoundStructure™ series, the first installed room audio solution for voice and videoconferencing applications that delivers truly breakthrough sound quality. The SoundStructure series first introduced at InfoComm 2007 and recognized by audio/visual (AV) publications as one of the best products, leverages Polycom's proven technology and market expertise in installed audio. SoundStructure solutions are flexible and comprehensive audio systems that deliver state-of-the-art performance and audio processing capabilities for conference rooms, classrooms, and customized meeting rooms. Today, Polycom announces two newly available capabilities of its SoundStructure series:

--  SoundStructure, which already offers an easy-to-use audio solution
    integrated with Polycom's HDX™ videoconferencing solutions, now adds
    integration with Polycom HDX tabletop and ceiling microphone arrays.
    Pre-built settings for HDX microphones within the SoundStructure Studio
    software simplify deployments for videoconferencing or audio-only rooms. It
    is now faster and easier than ever to create a high-fidelity audio system
    by simply connecting SoundStructure with HDX microphones and amplified
    loudspeaker outputs, and uploading a configuration file to the
    SoundStructure device.
    
--  The SoundStructure SR12 is now shipping. An ideal solution for sound
    reinforcement environments (e.g. stadiums, nightclubs, ballrooms, houses of
    worship), the SR12 offers unrivaled audio processing, delivering the
    highest fidelity audio and voice reinforcement. Features of the
    SoundStructure SR12 include: feedback reduction technology, dynamics
    processing, multiple EQ options, audio processing on all inputs/outputs and
    up to 12 submixes. The SR12 leverages the same SoundStructure Studio
    software interface as other SoundStructure models, delivering the same ease
    of setup and integration benefits for both conferencing and sound
    reinforcement environments.
    

"The performance of SoundStructure is outstanding," said Tom Sauter, major accounts engineer with Verview, a leading unified communications and audio-visual integrator in western New York state. "We recently upgraded our client's system from another vendor's product, and in this acoustically challenging installation, SoundStructure delivered clear full-duplex conferencing with minimal setup. And while this product has a much simpler interface than any other conferencing product I have used, the processing power is not compromised at all. Our clients were very happy that their conferencing systems were improved significantly, with minimal downtime."

About the SoundStructure Series

Designed for installed room environments, systems integrators and AV professionals, the SoundStructure series are comprehensive systems featuring multiple input and output options and submix processing capabilities that simplify installation and provide flexibility for any room configuration. Several design features have been implemented to support integrator needs, including 22 kHz stereo acoustic echo cancellation on all input channels; feedback elimination and advanced ambient noise cancellation on all input channels; flexible telephony options; and direct digital connection to Polycom HDX™ high definition video systems.

"SoundStructure continues to win rave reviews and accolades from customers, A/V integrators and consultants, and major A/V publications," said Craig H. Richardson, vice president and general manager of installed voice solutions at Polycom. "Adding support for Polycom HDX microphones now makes it easier than ever to deliver breakthrough audio for more productive voice and video conferences. In addition, the SR12 offers a great solution for our consultant and integrator partners who recognize the highly flexible and configurable audio performance that SoundStructure delivers, and have been looking for a version designed specifically for non-conferencing environments."

Pricing and Availability

The SoundStructure line is available in North America, Europe, and parts of Asia through Polycom certified channel partners for a manufacturer's suggested retail price in North America of U.S. $4,995 for an eight-channel system, $6,495 for a 12-channel system and $7,995 for a 16-channel system. The SoundStructure SR12 has a suggested retail price of $4,595. Regional pricing may vary. Polycom's existing Vortex line of installed audio solutions will continue to be available and supported.

About Polycom

Polycom, Inc. is the worldwide leader in unified collaborative communications (UCC) that maximize the efficiency and productivity of people and organizations. Polycom delivers the broadest array of high definition telepresence video, wired and wireless voice, and content solutions so people can enjoy the best communications, whether from a real-time collaborative interaction or on-demand streamed video experience. Spanning from the desktop to the industry's only immersive telepresence suite, Polycom's high quality collaboration and communications solutions are easy to deploy and manage, as well as intuitive to use. Based on open standards, they integrate seamlessly with leading telephony and presence-based networks. With innovative market-driving technologies, a compelling vision for next generation visual communications, best-in-class products, alliance partnerships, and world-class service, Polycom is the smart choice for organizations to gain a competitive advantage with proven and trusted communication solutions. 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 SoundPoint are registered trademarks, and Polycom HD Voice technology is a trademark 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.

Contact Information

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    Robin Raulf-Sager
    Polycom, Inc.
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