Polycom, BroadSoft Expand Unified Communications Portfolio with New Video Solutions

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Polycom and BroadSoft announced enhanced unified communications (UC) solutions featuring IP telephony with Polycom HD Voice, video conferencing and telepresence capabilities. Delivered as a hosted service through BroadSoft service provider customers, this expanded voice and video combination provides a complete and cost-effective communications solution for small and medium sized businesses.

Polycom announced that its Polycom HDX personal and room telepresence solutions and Polycom RMX 2000 and RMX 4000 real-time media conferencing platforms are now interoperable with BroadSoft's BroadWorks VoIP application platform. Customers now have a range of choices of high definition (HD) video solutions to meet their specific application and space requirements. The Polycom HDX systems feature dual-stack H.323/SIP capabilities, enabling customers to migrate to telepresence on the BroadSoft SIP compliant platform, while continuing to leverage existing video conferencing investments and connect with the large installed base of H.323 video conferencing systems in use today. The Polycom RMX 2000 and 4000 systems offer voice, video and unified conferencing capabilities and can connect people using different types of voice and video devices on different networks within the same meeting.

"Our service provider customers are seeing increasing demand for video communication delivered in a hosted model, which enables businesses to improve collaboration and communications without a large capital expenditure," said David Bukovsky, vice president of products at BroadSoft. "Deepening our relationship with Polycom enables service providers to deliver greater business value through new offerings that immediately impact business productivity and a measurable return on investment by reducing the need for business travel and lowering an individual's carbon footprint."

Polycom and BroadSoft currently deliver hosted unified communications that combine BroadWorks and Polycom's line of award-winning VVX 1500 business media phones, SoundPoint IP desktop phones, SoundStation® IP conference phones and KIRK DECT wireless solutions. The new offering expands those capabilities to include the Polycom HDX personal and room telepresence solutions and Polycom RMX 2000 and 4000 real-time media conferencing platforms.

"The BroadSoft/Polycom UC solution gives organizations access to technology that can transform their businesses through better collaboration, faster decision making and closer relationships with customers, vendors and partners," said Joe Sigrist, senior vice president and general manager of video solutions, Polycom. "We are excited to work with BroadSoft and its partners to address the growing opportunities for hosted UC services."

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