NATO has turned to Polycom to deliver next-generation collaboration technology and in the process has become the first organisation to deploy the RealPresence Centro solution.
With NATO keen to establish a more cohesive virtual collaboration programme, Polycom provided NATO with the opportunity to be the first to deploy the solution prior to general availability, which is scheduled for late February.
Now fully operational on NATO’s Restricted Network, a highly protected and secure network within NATO’s infrastructure, the RealPresence Centro system is at the centre of NATO’s most important communications. This centre of the room solution serves as a collaboration focal point for command and control meetings, training and administrative sessions, international communication and operational mission collaboration.
“Critical to the success of our missions at NATO is directly impacted by the collaboration technology we use,” said Gus Mommers, Branch head CMS, NCI Agency, NATO. “NATO relies on the advanced capabilities of Polycom’s collaboration solutions to instantaneously bring our teams and nations together to carry out highly secure and highly critical missions.”
“The RealPresence Centro system provides the highly secure, highly interactive collaboration solution we’ve been seeking to help advance our new ways of working programme even further,” said Catherine Galoppin, section head CMS NCI Agency. “For the Agency this means saving time, resources, working securely from almost anywhere and an exceptional user experience. You walk into the room and you will realise this is not a traditional VTC room Polycom has created a unique environment that takes collaborating from a distance to the next level.”
The RealPresence Centro solution includes Polycom’s 360° voice and video technology which automatically tracks the speaker, while also showing the entire meeting space on the same screen. In addition, four touchscreens are strategically placed in the middle of the room to create a unique intimate experience that drives deeper collaboration and better outcomes.
“We continued to be awe-inspired by the extremely difficult and important work NATO does daily to serve the Nations throughout the Alliance,” said Sean Berg, VP, public sector at Polycom. “We are also incredibly honoured to help NATO achieve success in these mission critical programmes by offering highly-secure audio, content, and video collaboration solutions like the RealPresence Centro.”