Press Release Summary:
Instructor(TM) RP integrates video conferencing with electronic white board for use in educational and corporate training environments. Unit comes with IP-ready VSX 8000 and 6-port internal video bridge for connecting up to 5 sites, digital microphone array, rear projection unit with touch control, and PowerCam(TM) Plus, which automatically adjusts to person speaking. System doen not require PC and it allows simultaneous display of participants and data.
Original Press Release:
Polycom Launches New Instructor RP Video Conferencing and Interactive Whiteboard Solution
Instructor RP, Like Rest of Polycom Educational Portfolio, Approved for 'No Child Left Behind' Federal Funding - Ensuring Even Disadvantaged and Remote Sites Receive Education Equity
PLEASANTON, Calif., Jan. 30 / -- Polycom, Inc. (NASDAQ:PLCM), the world's leading provider of unified collaborative communications solutions, announced today the launch of the Instructor(TM) RP, integrating Polycom's market leading VSX(TM) group video conferencing and collaboration system with an interactive white board solution. Specifically designed to provide superior video conferencing combined with instructional tools, Polycom's Instructor RP will allow customers to use a system that integrates video conferencing with an electronic white board in a seamless and natural environment -- all without the use of a PC.
The interactive learning solution is a high-quality conferencing and instructional learning tool for all educational environments, corporate training and custom meeting environments. Because the new Instructor RP does not rely on a PC to function, teaching and learning is as easy as talking and picking up a pen to write. In addition, trainers also have the ability to use the interactive white board as their display device and by using a pen, annotate over content, curriculum or live video sources.
"The Instructor RP provides trainers with a new type of interactive video system that is easier to use, higher performing and more cost effective than competing products," said Craig Lynar, vice president of solutions marketing at Polycom. "Other solutions requiring PCs and additional operating software are more complex to set-up and use. We provide a fully integrated system of video conferencing and electronic whiteboarding that works without the need for PCs, removing the complexity, and making it user-friendly and more efficient for trainers looking to enhance their courses with interactivity."
The fully integrated Polycom Instructor RP comes with the IP ready VSX 8000 and a six-port internal video bridge, which allows for connecting up to five other sites automatically; the PowerCam(TM) Plus, which automatically adjusts to the person speaking; the digital microphone array, which enables 360-degree voice pick-up; the annotation system, which offers the ability to annotate over video and content sources; and the self-contained rear projection unit with touch control and a 66-inch screen.
Key benefits of the Polycom Instructor RP:
o Ability to use touch control to operate the VSX user interface directly on screen
o Camera touch control directly on screen
o No PC required for operation
o Simultaneous display of conference participants and data (People+Content(TM))
o Class annotation over various sources including motion video and data applications
Polycom's educational solutions are approved for and receive federal/state funding in compliance with "No Child Left Behind" legislation and other programs. This endorsement allows schools to more easily take advantage of Polycom's Instructor RP, ClassStation(TM) solutions or any product within the portfolio for education; creating more equity, excitement and greater student performance. Polycom customers are also encouraged to take advantage of Polycom's Grant Assistance Program (PGAP), a free service designed to assist schools in every aspect of the complex process of finding and applying for grants; the Polycom Content Access Program (PCAP), a free service designed to assist schools in gaining access to standards-based content and electronic cultural field trips; free membership in distance learning associations throughout the world; free teacher application in-service training; and the Tuition Reduction Program.
Pricing and availability:
The Polycom Instructor RP is now available in North America, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand through Polycom Certified Partners authorized to sell Polycom products, for a manufacturer's suggested retail price starting at US $54,995, and EMEA $59,995.
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.
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 www.polycom.com.
NOTE: Polycom and the Polycom logo are registered trademarks and VSX, PowerCam, People+Content and ClassStation are trademarks of Polycom in the U.S. and various countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
Source: Polycom, Inc.
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