Polycom has announced the expansion of its Microsoft Lync portfolio at ISE 2014 with the new Polycom CX8000 room system – a video conferencing system that offers HD video, room controls and an optional 360º camera for Lync.
The company says tight integration with Microsoft Outlook is intended to help users both in the meeting room and remote participants start and manage meetings more efficiently. The solution includes presence, contact search, instant messaging, HD video conferencing, HD audio, virtual white boarding, touch display-powered presentations, application sharing, editing on shared documents, and more.
The system also includes several features that help users take advantage of Lync 2013 such as built-in multiparty video and a better overall audio and video experience that leverages the open standards-based scalable video coding (SVC) implementation. The company says the addition of lifecycle services also helps drive adoption for video and voice collaboration in Lync environments, ultimately increasing usage and driving a greater return on investment.
In addition, the Polycom CX8000 offers the option to include the next-generation in 360º camera technology from Polycom, the Polycom CX5100 Unified Conference Station, upon completion of qualification. The Polycom CX5100 system is the industry’s only 360-degree, panoramic 1080p HD video collaboration camera and phone combination that delivers a centre-of-the-table experience and Polycom’s HD Voice. The CX5100 can be used in conjunction with Polycom CX8000, as well as with computers through a USB connection.