Polycom RPX Telepresence solutions named best new conferencing product at Infocomm

Kayye Consulting Sites Polycom RPX as Unique Immersive Collaboration Experience

PLEASANTON, Calif., Aug. 9, 2006 -- Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM), the world's leading provider of unified collaborative communications solutions, today announced its Polycom RPX(TM) RealPresence(TM) Experience telepresence solutions were named "Best New Conferencing Product" at the recent Infocomm convention by Kayye Consulting in its rAVe newsletter for professional audio/visual systems integrators. Polycom RPX solutions, the only standards-based telepresence solutions able to connect with other group and desktop standards-based video conferencing solutions, are symmetrically designed, modular rooms featuring a sensory surround experience resulting from TV-like video, near CD voice quality, integrated personal content displays, and high resolution content sharing capabilities.

Using EyeConnect(TM) technology and techniques to communicate eye-to-eye, full size and in proportion, Polycom RPX suites make remote meeting participants feel they are truly sharing the same table in the same room. The Polycom RPX solutions are able to seamlessly connect a virtually limitless number of sites and people in other Polycom RPX suites, standards-based video conference rooms, and video-enabled IP telephony and presence-based desktop systems. The Polycom RPX solution is an all inclusive package encompassing a free-standing, luxury environment plus electronics.

According to the award write-up about Polycom RPX, published in the July 18 issue of Kayye Consulting's rAVe newsletter, "Polycom has created the standard that other manufacturers will, no doubt, try to copy or certainly emulate."

"Polycom RPX is simply the most realistic meeting experience you can have between virtual workgroups," said Craig Lynar, vice president of solutions marketing at Polycom. "This seamless communication experience is ideal for improving working relationships, accelerating decision-making, and enhancing overall productivity among teams, as well as with important customers and partners. With a Polycom RPX solution, users and administrators get the advantage of proven and open technology that can integrate with any standards- based video system."

The Most Life-Like Meeting Experience Available

The RPX's "same room" meeting experience is made possible through symmetrically designed, fully equipped rooms in each location. The stylish, elegant rooms feature professionally designed lighting and sound systems with furniture and decor all designed to enable an immersive experience in which everyone can always be seen and heard. Built-in large, rear-projection displays deliver a life-like and in proportion appearance for all attendees that includes peripheral visibility. Communication is natural with all cameras and microphones hidden, and breakthrough EyeConnect technology and techniques enables people to look directly into the eyes of others when speaking for more natural conversations. Each chair in the room is positioned for optimal visual and audio experience and has seamless multimedia functionality for sharing content from a laptop.

High Quality Voice, Video and Multimedia Content Sharing

The Polycom video communication and collaboration technology behind the solutions provides clear, near broadcast-quality video, near CD-quality audio and integrated, high-resolution content sharing for all types of multimedia. The rooms deliver professional voice and video quality through ceiling-mounted microphones; high-quality cameras, large rear-projection displays; and a high- fidelity speaker system that produces deep, rich sound.

Unmatched Scalability and Calling Flexibility

Polycom RPX solutions have unmatched multipoint capability; enabling multiple locations to be joined in the same meeting in life-like proportions. Polycom RPX solutions can support up to 36 separate locations in continuous presence mode with a standards-based conference bridge. Because the Polycom RPX video communication and collaboration technology is based on industry standards, a Polycom RPX room can call any standards-based video communication solution and enjoy high-quality video communication with integrated content sharing.

Six Modular Configuration Options Meet Specific Customer Needs

Polycom RPX solutions are available in different configurations to accommodate specific customer needs and can support from four to 36 people in a room. The complete Polycom RPX room solutions encompass all required components including 15 inch built-in personal content displays, Internet connections, all of the furniture including tables and chairs, flooring and carpeting, acoustic cloud with integrated fluorescent lighting and microphones, acoustically treated front, side and back walls, company branding on the back wall, and all electronics for communication and collaboration. The solutions are modular, enabling companies to move them to a different meeting area, should the design of the building change, or to a new building if a customer changes locations.

Pricing and Availability

Polycom RPX solutions are available for order today in North America through qualified Polycom channel partners worldwide. Complete room solution pricing starts at US$249,000 for a Polycom RPX 204.

Polycom reserves the right to modify future product plans at any time. Products and/or related specifications referenced in this press release are not guaranteed, and will be delivered on a when and if available basis.

About Polycom

Polycom, Inc. is the worldwide leader in unified collaborative communications (UCC) that maximize the efficiency and productivity of people and organizations by integrating the broadest array of video, voice, data and Web solutions to deliver the ultimate communications experience. Polycom's high quality, standards-based conferencing and collaboration solutions are easy to deploy and manage, as well as intuitive to use. Supported by an open architecture, they integrate seamlessly with leading telephony and presence- based networks. With its market driving technologies, best-in-class products, alliance partnerships, and world-class service, Polycom is the smart choice for organizations seeking proven solutions and a competitive advantage in real-time communications and collaboration. For additional information call 1-800-POLYCOM (765-9266) or +1-408-526-9000, or visit the Polycom website at

Polycom and the Polycom logo are registered trademarks and RealPresence, RPX and EyeConnect are trademarks of Polycom in the U.S. and various countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. (C)2006, Polycom, Inc. All rights reserved.

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