Last week, Polycom made three significant announcements. In the first, Samsung and Polycom have announced an agreement to deliver UC (unified communications) solutions for mobile platforms. Under the agreement, Polycom will develop standards-based video applications to be embedded and distributed on the Android-based Samsung Galaxy Tab. IDC forecasts that worldwide tablet shipments will increase to 46 million/year by 2014.
The Polycom application for Samsung devices will, says the company, deliver low-latency, high-resolution video experiences and network resiliency. It will combine a directory and chat capability allowing Samsung mobile device users to easily find each other and connect. Polycom says that its H.264 Scalable Video Coding (SVC) initiative, also announced (see below) will be a critical component of the company’s mobile video strategy.
In a second announcement, the company said it is extending its enterprise UC product portfolio by developing standards-based H.264 Scalable Video Coding (SVC) technology for current and future solutions and UC initiatives. SVC will be made available at no cost to strategic partners that support open and interoperable communications standards through industry forums such as the Unified Communications Interoperability Forum (UCIF). SVC technology is said to be distinguished by its ability to deliver consistent, high-quality video and audio experiences at any bandwidth and over networks prone to packet loss and congestion, like the public internet and mobile broadband networks. Microsoft is among the first companies to announce its intention to adopt Polycom’s H.264 SVC technology
Polycom also announced, through the extension of its relationship with BroadSoft, a BroadCloud Video enabled UC cloud solution that Polycom says will allow service providers to lower the cost and complexity of deploying and using business-to-business (B2B) telepresence and high-definition (HD) voice solutions for organisations around the globe.