MEDIA RELEASE 08 October 2010
Polycom Launches Brand New Technology Solutions Centre in Melbourne with
Australia's First Open Telepresence Experience
Polycom demonstrates collaborative communication technologies and the
transformative impacts in a high speed broadband Australia.
Polycom Inc. (NASDAQ: PLCM), the global leader in telepresence, video and voice
communications solutions, has further expanded its presence in Australia and New
Zealand (ANZ) with the launch of a newly designed Melbourne office and
world-class Technology Solutions Centre, which was officially opened by Mr. Andy
Miller, President and CEO of Polycom and Ms. Jaala Pulford, Parliamentary
Secretary, Regional and Rural Development and Parliamentary Secretary, Industry
and Trade yesterday.
The centre is the first of its kind in Australia and includes the brand new
Polycom® Open Telepresence Experience™ High Definition 300 (OTX™ 300) – the
first to be deployed in the Asia Pacific region. The OTX, which was demonstrated
at the launch connected to Polycom's OTX in Seattle, provides the most stunning
high-definition quality for up to 50 per cent less bandwidth with
industry-leading H.264 High Profile support for the most true-to-life immersive
meeting room experience.
The new office opening follows an extended period of growth for Polycom in the
ANZ market, in response to increased demand for Polycom's HD video and
"Opening this office is a very important step for Polycom," said Mr. Michael
Chetner, Managing Director for Polycom Australia and New Zealand. "Victoria is
leading the way in terms of adopting the use of video conferencing for
healthcare and education across the state. For example, the Loddon Mallee Health
Alliance (LHMA) in central Victoria is connecting city based medical specialists
with trauma patients in rural areas using high-definition visual communications
technology from Polycom and there are many more examples of best practice
learnings than can be applied across Australia," he added.
"By establishing an innovative Technology Solutions Centre in Melbourne, Polycom
is strengthening its position in the Asia Pacific region and positioning itself
as a leader in regional elearning and ehealth telepresence initiatives for a
high speed NBN environment," said Parliamentary Secretary for Industry and Trade
Jaala Pulford who participated in the launch.
"ANU demonstrates how video conferencing is no longer just for the boardroom or
just for face-to-face meetings, and can be extended to a wide variety of
applications – in this case, live streamed concerts, instrumental and vocal
lessons and masterclasses," said Mr. Chetner. "These are just a few examples of
innovative uses of high-definition video conferencing technologies that can be
applied to any organisation," he added.
Visitors were also treated to real-life application demonstrations and taken
through the brand new UC Solutions Centre, demonstrating the power of video
solutions from desktop, right through to high-end room and immersive
telepresence solutions integrated with UC solutions from Polycom's Open
Collaboration Network partners including Microsoft, IBM, Avaya, Juniper, and
More and more businesses are now reviewing the need for business travel and
productivity gains; adopting HD video and telepresence solutions as a
With the re-election of the Labor Government and their pledge to start the
rollout of the National Broadband Network, the future of mass video adoption
will become a reality as it increases the potential for transformative impacts
to health, education and government services and drives Australia's
competitiveness on the global stage.
"To meet the current and future needs of its customers, Polycom is driving
innovation in mobility, cloud-based video services, B2B interoperability, next
generation executive desktop products and bundled, affordable SMB solutions,"
said Mr. Miller. "What this means for customers is the most open and flexible
solutions that seamlessly work with the complex technology realities of today's
business," he added.
Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM) is a global leader in unified communications
solutions with industry-leading telepresence, video, voice and infrastructure
solutions built on open standards. Polycom powers smarter conversations,
transforming lives and businesses worldwide. Please visit www.polycom.com.au for
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