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May 14, 2012

Will Polycom's Solutions Revolutionize the Conferencing Landscape?

By Mini Swamy
TMCnet Contributor

The world is a huge place but has been made smaller by the advance in technology, especially immersive telepresence and videoconferencing. Polycom (News - Alert), a collaborative communications visionary tells you exactly why and how it has managed to do this.

Polycom's vision and strategy of enabling unified communications, allowing people to communicate and collaborate anywhere on multiple devices is apparent in its innovative telepresence and videoconferencing products, according to company officials.

Although videoconferencing does introduce a life like quality to meetings, its inability to make the speaker the actual focus has always been a sore point but video conferencing company Polycom with its new innovative EagleEye Director has successfully ironed out the creases.

Typically, videoconferencing systems allow participants to see only a series of heads, without being able to distinguish the facial expression of the speaker. EagleEye resolves the common problem by identifying the sound source, coupling it with facial recognition and zooming the speaker's face on to the screen.

Another concept, which has taken the videoconferencing world by storm, is the 'Star-Trek' style approach, which allows participants to press a button and talk to someone on video when required. This is particularly significant if an important point has to be put across at that juncture.

John Paul Williams, director, enterprise solutions went on to enumerate the many benefits of Polycom's videoconferencing systems. He mentioned the Polycom RealPresence Platform, which would allow anyone to join the meeting via a mobile video camera or PC. He further observed that the next-generation was becoming video orientated and the transfer of knowledge through videos was increasingly being used by many companies and different strata of society.

“There is a lot of research studies showing that the information content in a video is orders of magnitude higher (than text),” he said. “You can see the data and go through the calculation, all through the same screen.”

Although oil companies have been gradually using more video for years, Williams believed that the movement of video was being accelerated and oil companies were using video in innovative ways by putting video on the rigs and on the drill ship. With the improvement in technology, managing bandwidth would improve and William predicted a future where people would be using video much more even in their daily work.

Edited by Amanda Ciccatelli


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