Smiths Group selects Polycom RealPresence video solutions

Polycom, Inc., a provider of telepresence, video, voice and infrastructure solutions, has announced that Smiths Group PLC, a global technology firm, has selected Polycom RealPresence video solutions in combination with Microsoft Lync Server 2010 to unify video, voice, and data communications across 400 locations in over 50 countries, as well as for all of its mobile employees, improving engagement, teamwork, and collaboration for the entire company.

Working with Polycom partner Insight, Smiths implemented Polycom RealPresence Room video solutions (including the Polycom HDX 8000 solution) and Polycom's executive desktop solution (Polycom HDX 4500 system) in fixed locations, and Polycom RealPresence Mobile 2.0 software for employees on the move. All RealPresence video solutions are powered by the Polycom RealPresence Platform - the most interoperable and comprehensive UC&C software infrastructure for universal video collaboration.

Smiths is currently expanding the use of Polycom's RealPresence Platform software infrastructure by connecting it with Microsoft Lync desktop clients. "Interoperability was an absolute necessity for us to achieve our long-term plans for enterprise-wide unified communications and collaboration. One of the main drivers behind our decision to purchase Polycom RealPresence video collaboration solutions was their interoperability with Microsoft Lync," said Simon Quintin, Director, Workplace Services, Smiths Group PLC.

Together, Polycom and Microsoft truly unify communications across work environments - on the go, home and work offices, conference rooms, and immersive theaters, as well as industry-specific applications such as healthcare, education, manufacturing, media, government, and retail. With the combination of Lync and RealPresence, staff can launch video collaboration sessions and intuitively from within familiar interfaces and normal workflows, simply clicking a name on their Lync contact list to securely collaborate face-to-face via Polycom video on their desktop or in a conference room-based system.