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Polycom Aims to Cut Telepresence Bandwidth in Half

Polycom has introduced support for a standards-based video compression technology, H.264 High Profile, that it says will reduce the bandwidth requirements for HD telepresence and SD videoconferencing by as much as 50 percent.

Polycom has introduced support for a standards-based video compression technology, H.264 High Profile, that it says will reduce the bandwidth requirements for HD telepresence and SD videoconferencing by as much as 50 percent.

Company officials say that through coding efficiency innovations, Polycom's support for H.264 High Profile will deliver video performance at any bandwidth, including full-motion HD vide quality starting at 512 Kbps, and full-motion DVD-quality SD video starting at 128 Kbps.

The company expects that its support for H.264 High Profile will play a key role in its recent alliance with Juniper Networks, which focuses on improving the quality efficiency, and cost-effectiveness of video networks.

"Juniper and Polycom are creating scalable, 'conferencing-aware' network solutions, which will enable carriers to maximize the value of their existing networks to deliver high-quality video services," said Gerri Elliott, executive vice president for strategic alliances at Juniper Networks, in a statement. "This will help carriers to move away from siloed networks toward more intelligent and efficient converged networks which are ore sustainable and profitable in the long term."

Polycom believes the reduced bandwidth requirements will also help drive broader use of video within unified communications environments through Polycom Open Collaboration Network partners Avaya, Microsoft, IBM, Siemens, and BroadSoft.

In related news, Polycom also released version 1.3 of its SoundStructure software with support for new applications and room designs. SoundStructure v1.3 includes 22 digital logic inputs, 22 digital logic outputs, and two analog logic inputs per unit. Executive SoundStructure commands, presets, or set logic output pins are based on device status or logic inputs, says the company, while applications include push-to-talk microphones, camera positioning, and combine/divide rooms. The software also now supports the HDX IR remote for in-room control of SoundStructure for dialing the phone and adjusting volume.



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