Polycom Announces Availability of an Industry First: Polycom® RealPresence® CloudAXIS™ Suite Extends Secure, Enterprise-Grade Video Collaboration to Anyone with a Browser

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A software extension of the Polycom® RealPresence® Platform that enables universal access to enterprise-grade, interoperable video collaboration to any business (B2B) or consumer (B2C) at the highest quality, reliability and security. Simply send a URL link in an email or calendar invitation to anyone with a browser and camera, allowing others to join a secure, enterprise-grade quality video meeting using their smartphone, tablet, computer or video room system.

“CloudAXIS Suite will provide healthcare clinicians with an easy-to-use and secure method of communicating with patients at home using their own devices – such as a PC or tablet – and software which they are already familiar with,”

Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM), the global leader in open, standards-based unified communications and collaboration (UC&C), today announced availability of Polycom® RealPresence® CloudAXIS™ Suite, extending secure, reliable and high-quality enterprise-grade video collaboration to anyone with a browser and Web camera. RealPresence CloudAXIS Suite is a pure software extension of the Polycom® RealPresence® Platform, enabling universal access to enterprise-grade video collaboration to hundreds of millions of people, allowing customers to easily meet face to face with any business (B2B) or consumer (B2C), whether they are on a PC, mobile device or video room system. In addition, by integrating Skype, Facebook, and Google Talk contacts in the industry’s first global presence-aware personal directory, the solution combines the click-to-connect convenience of a Web app with the enterprise-grade, secure experience required for businesses to scale to hundreds or thousands of video users.

“Polycom RealPresence CloudAXIS Suite makes it easy for businesses to collaborate face-to-face via video with colleagues, customers, partners, students, patients and consumers around the world, with the security, reliability, scalability and quality that is expected from an enterprise-grade solution,” said Andy Miller, Polycom President and CEO, Polycom.

“With the availability of Polycom RealPresence CloudAXIS Suite, we are delivering on our vision and promise to make enterprise-grade video collaboration ubiquitous and available to anyone, which we believe will help drive a network effect of video and transform how people and industries collaborate and work.”

Video SmartStart: Turnkey, All-Inclusive Solutions with Breakthrough Pricing Provide Installation and Adoption Services for New Customers
Making it simple and affordable for customers to install Polycom RealPresence CloudAXIS Suite, Polycom today announced Video SmartStart, new turnkey all-inclusive offerings that provide everything a customer needs to deploy Polycom RealPresence CloudAXIS Suite, including the Polycom RealPresence Platform, and implementation and adoption services. Video SmartStart is available in two sizes: Video SmartStart 100 (for up to 100 video users) and Video SmartStart 500 (for up to 500 video users). Video SmartStart offerings are available to customers today with breakthrough pricing, and can be purchased as a single line-item (CAPEX) or as a 3-year lease (OPEX).

“With more businesses moving toward video collaboration, there’s a critical need in the video marketplace for technology that easily and securely connects people inside an organisation to people outside the firewall,” said Richard Costello, Senior Research Analyst, Enterprise Communications Infrastructure, IDC. “Polycom RealPresence CloudAXIS Suite is the type of innovation that will redefine how businesses around the world get work done. By letting customers easily deploy, use and scale videoconferencing technology, Polycom is making it possible for organisations to connect to anyone so they can improve productivity, as well as leverage video collaboration for new use cases and applications.”

Polycom RealPresence CloudAXIS Suite is designed to run as a virtual edition on industry-standard hardware and represents significant step forward in delivering video collaboration virtualised from the datacenter.

A Range of Use Cases for Browser-Based Video Collaboration
Polycom RealPresence CloudAXIS brings a new level of usability and scalability to a number of vertical industries and business functions.

  •     Retailers and financial institutions can now stay visually connected to their customers to improve service levels and extend service reach.
  •     Manufacturers can collaborate with remote vendors and suppliers to streamline processes and reduce time-to-market.
  •     HR and organisations can interview candidates face to face regardless of location to save time and make better hiring decisions.
  •     Educational institutions can now connect teachers with students to personalize and enrich the overall learning experience.

For healthcare organisations such as the National Health Service (NHS) Lothian, which provides healthcare services for the second largest residential population in Scotland of approximately 800,000, Polycom RealPresence CloudAXIS Suite will let clinicians conduct patient medical assessments over video.

“Polycom RealPresence CloudAXIS Suite will provide healthcare clinicians with an easy-to-use and secure method of communicating with patients at home using their own devices – such as a PC or tablet – and software which they are already familiar with,” said Iain Robertson, Head of IT infrastructure and Operations at NHS Lothian. “Patients will be able to avoid unnecessary trips to hospital clinics and have pre-scheduled video meetings, and our clinical staff will initiate the consultations by sending a URL to the patients. This ‘virtual clinic’ model will change the way we provide care, making it easier and more efficient for all parties involved, and is building on the existing video capability of the organisation.”

Availability of Polycom RealPresence CloudAXIS Suite to enterprise customers began March 31. Initially, Polycom RealPresence CloudAXIS Suite is available on computers running Windows OS, with availability on Mac coming soon. Polycom RealPresence CloudAXIS Suite is compatible with Polycom RealPresence Mobile 2.3 app, which is available today for iOS- and Android-based tablets and smartphones. Video SmartStart offers are available in select countries beginning 19 April at a breakthrough price of 50% off MSRP. Solutions availability may vary by country. For more information, visit http://www.polycom.co.uk

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