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Polycom Rolls Out New Video Solutions

Polycom this week debuted the RMX 1000 and the Polycom Converged Management Application for simplifying enterprise video deployment.

Polycom this week debuted the RMX 1000, a multipoint visual communication conferencing platform for small-to-medium enterprises and branch offices, and the Polycom Converged Management Application for simplifying enterprise video deployment.

The RMX 1000 is a complement to the existing RMX 2000 for larger businesses. Both are based on open standards and enable multipoint video calls across different network environments and between different types of video devices, according to the company. To do so, the RMX 1000 transcodes the various speeds and protocols for an optimal experience to each system based on the capabilities of the systems in a call. Capable of supporting HD video, HD content sharing, and HD audio with Siren 22 Stereo, the RMX 1000 uses AES media encryption to provide secure conferencing. Lost Packet Recovery (LPR) technology minimizes the damaging impact of network congestion and packet loss on the video call experience.

Company officials said Polycom's CMA addresses the growing demand for enterprise video and telepresence communications. It allows customers to deploy, provision, and manage visual communication devices across their organizations, streamlining workflows through centralized management of conferences, devices, and systems, and providing gate-keeping, scheduling, and directory management. Supporting software and hardware endpoints, CMA is designed to integrate with IT best practices, policies, and existing directories, supporting Active Directory and offering integrated scheduling with programs such as Microsoft Outlook, IBM Lotus Notes, or a Web interface.

A key component of the system is the CMA Desktop, an integrated enterprise desktop video application capable of supporting HD video, voice, and content while scaling to thousands of users across an organization. The PC-based video software application allows users to create contact lists from a corporate directory and then launch video calls by clicking on the contacts. It also displays presence details for software and hardware video devices and easily connect to other users or other standards-based videoconferencing systems, including personal, room, and immersive telepresence solutions. As part of the CMA system, CMA Desktop also supports HD video, voice, and multimedia content.

The Polycom RMX 1000 is available now, with a starting MSRP of $21,600. Polycom CMA, which includes CMA Desktop, infrastructure, and seat licenses that can be used for endpoints, is planned for availability in October, with a starting MSRP of $20,000. Both solutions are available through certified Polycom channel partners.

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