Software unifies video conferencing and content management
Video Media Center(TM) 1000 lets organizations centrally manage and protect video content. Connecting dispersed workforces, appliance-based solution seamlessly integrates video content into enterprise communications and conferencing. Polycom video endpoints or other standards-based H.323 endpoints can be used to create content, including HD video, which can be streamed live or made available on demand. Management capabilities cover complete video content lifecycle.
Polycom’s Video Media Center seamlessly integrates video content including video conferencing, on demand and live streaming into enterprise unified communications environments
PLEASANTON, Calif. and ANAHEIM, Calif., Infocomm Expo (Booth #2000), June 18 — Polycom, Inc. (NASDAQ:PLCM), the world’s leading provider of unified collaborative solutions, today announced the Video Media Center(TM) (VMC) 1000, an appliance-based solution that allows organizations to centrally manage, leverage and protect video content. The VMC 1000 connects dispersed workforces and improves collaboration by seamlessly integrating video content into enterprise communications and conferencing. The new Polycom VMC 1000 is being demonstrated this week at the Infocomm Conference and Expo (Polycom Booth #2000) taking place June 19-21 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif.
Polycom’s unified approach allows customers to use all Polycom video endpoints (as well as other standards-based H.323 endpoints) to cost- effectively create video content, including video shot in high definition, which can be streamed live or made available on demand. Used in conjunction with Polycom RSS 2000 recording and streaming server, customers can choose to record point-to-point and multipoint video conferences (including content shared within a call) and automatically store them centrally as well as make them available on demand. Additionally, by using the VMC 1000 in combination with Polycom’s video conferencing solutions a video conference can be extended to include hundreds or thousands of participants.
“Video content is proliferating in the enterprise and includes recorded video conferences, webcasts, employee training, executive addresses, and more. Organizations are struggling to deal with this increased volume while leveraging video as a strategic asset. Point products have traditionally forced customers to piece together disjointed solutions,” said Mukul Krishna, global manager, Digital Media Practice, Frost & Sullivan. “Polycom is in the unique position of offering a comprehensive appliance-based solution for video content management that supports video conferencing, live webcasting and on- demand streaming and playback.”
Polycom VMC 1000 gives IT administrators a comprehensive control center and dashboard to manage the complete video content lifecycle: from creation, capture and encoding, to portal publishing and webcasting, to storage and archiving. Stored content can be easily located by category, keyword, availability and more through embedded search features. Content can be streamed live or on demand to up to 1000 concurrent unicast users and unlimited users via multicast for global scalability. Standard reporting capabilities include the ability to track viewership, content popularity and user statistics for measuring program success, compliance and security.
“Up to this point video streaming and webcasting have existed in a separate, parallel universe from real-time, interactive video conferencing within an enterprise. As the world market leader in conferencing and collaboration solutions, Polycom is able to bridge these universes,” said Joe Sigrist, senior vice president and general manager of Video Solutions at Polycom. “By integrating video conferencing with video content management, we provide a unified solution that helps customers leverage existing video conferencing investments to create enterprise-wide video communications networks.”
Applications for video communications and content are broad and include: corporate communication (investor relations, internal announcements, all-hands meetings, mergers and acquisitions, etc.); education and training (retention of intellectual property, distance learning, recorded lectures, self-study programs, certification, etc.); human resources (new hire training, benefits updates, compliance testing, etc.); and sales and marketing applications (product updates and demonstrations, field sales training, promotions, partner education/updates, marketing campaigns to targeted audiences, etc.). Video content can also help reduce customer support costs by providing effective and easy-to-follow product details, installation instructions, troubleshooting guides and user manuals.
Pricing and Availability
The Polycom Video Media Center is scheduled for availability in North America early in the third quarter 2007 through Polycom certified channel partners with North America pricing starting at MSRP US$95,000. Availability in EMEA is scheduled for Q4 2007 and APAC in Q1 2008. Regional pricing may vary.
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, 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.
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