Standards-based unified communications and collaboration (UC&C) company, Polycom, has unveiled what it claims is the first 360-degree, panoramic 1080p HD video collaboration solutions custom-built for Microsoft Lync 2013.
The new Polycom CX5500 and CX5100 Unified Conference Stations are designed to deliver an around-the-table experience for all participants, whether they’re in the room or thousands of kilometres away.
At the Microsoft 2013 Worldwide Partner Conference, Polycom also announced that it had received Lync 2013 qualification for its full portfolio of Polycom VVX Business Media Phones. This furthers the extensive partnership between the two companies, building on Polycom’s portfolio of 40 video, voice and content sharing solutions that are interoperable or optimised to work with Lync today.
“The strategic alliance we’ve built with Microsoft over the past several years continues to deliver innovative collaboration solutions that provide Polycom and Lync customers with an unrivalled experience,” Polycom senior vice-president, worldwide engineering, A.E. Natarajan, said.
The new CX5500 delivers enterprise-grade video and audio collaboration capabilities in an easy-to-use system that can be plugged into a USB port on a laptop, and it also doubles as a SIP audio conference phone providing high audio quality. The CX5100 provides the same HD panoramic USB video experience for users who don’t require standalone conference phone connectivity.
The new additions to Polycom’s CX series of Lync-optimised solutions retain the around-the-table, 360-degree, panoramic experience and deliver more than twice the HD video image quality, double the frame rate for life-like motion handling, and Polycom’s HD Voice for the highest quality audio while adding a new interface and design and a privacy cap.
As announced in March, Polycom plans to deliver a software extension to the Polycom RealPresence Platform later in 2013 that will enable interoperability between Lync 2013 and the full portfolio of Polycom standards-based video collaboration and content sharing solutions.
The CX5100 is scheduled to be available worldwide in September. The CX5500 is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2013. For Lync users, Polycom UC Software v. 5.0 is scheduled to be available as a free upgrade in August for customers on maintenance support of VVX Business Media Phones.