Polycom Launches Three New Telepresence Solutions

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Unified communications vendor Polycom added three new telepresence solutions to help businesses leverage video and voice technologies.

Unified communications specialist Polycom expanded its line of telepresence solutions with three new offerings—the EagleEye Director room camera tracking system, the HDX 4500 executive desktop telepresence system and the mobile telepresence m100 solution.

The EagleEye Director and the HDX4500 will be available late April through certified channel partners starting at a list price of $8,499 and $11,999, respectively. The Telepresence m100 will be available in June through certified channel partners starting at a list price of $49.

EagleEye Director is designed to offer "production studio experience" for conference room telepresence environments. The platform features a coupling of voice triangulation, face-finding technology and a dual-camera tracking system. EagleEye Director delivers a more personalized face-to-face telepresence experience in any conference room by ensuring the speaking party is always highlighted (zoomed in and centered) for a one-to-many experience. The appliance transitions between highlighting individual speakers to capturing the entire room.

"Not every meeting room's layout is ideally suited for video conferencing. The result is a compromised user experience in which some remote participants appear too small on screen during video meetings," said Ira Weinstein, senior analyst and partner at Wainhouse Research. "EagleEye Director's ability to intelligently zoom in and focus on active speakers provides an 'up-close and personal' video experience without costly room upgrades or noticeable camera panning during conferences."

The HDX 4500 desktop telepresence all-in-one solution delivers HD quality at up to 50 percent less bandwidth than other platforms, according to a company release. The newest member of the HDX 4000 family, the HDX 4500 brings high-quality video and audio conferencing to the executive desktop through an all-in-one solution. The desktop telepresence solution eliminates the need for peripherals while offering a large LCD display and Polycom UltimateHD technology.

For more, read the eWEEK article: Polycom Debuts EagleEye Director, Mobile Telepresence .