Polycom Makes Two Big Announcements

Today at the InfoComm event in Las Vegas, Polycom announced a big step forward in its partnership with Zoom. Polycom is now enabling Zoom Rooms experiences with its leading audio solution, Polycom Trio, and core camera technology.

Polycom now offers customers the best of both worlds – a full Zoom experience through the premier Polycom Trio conference “smart phone.”

Polycom’s Zoom Rooms solutions come in three separate bundles created for any size – from huddle spaces to large rooms. Polycom Trio can run the Zoom controller UI natively allowing the full Zoom Rooms control experience.

“Customers have told us they want our premium Polycom in-room experience with the flexibility and simplicity of Zoom, so we’re excited to expand our partnership with Zoom into the Zoom Rooms space,” said Laura Marx, Vice President, Global Alliance and Partner Marketing. “Making our state-of-the-art Polycom Trio conference phone the center of the meeting room experience means customers enjoy an easy, consistent experience to create meaningful connections.”

Polycom’s Zoom Room solutions can be purchased separately or in three distinct bundles designed for different size meeting rooms:

  • Huddle Room Bundle – To provide the best Zoom Rooms experience for the growing number of huddle rooms, the Polycom Trio 8500 Zoom Room includes Trio 8500, new Eagle Eye Mini camera, and the Dell Optiplex.
  • Mid-Sized Conference Room Bundle – Increasing the meeting size and need for quality engagement requires the next level of solution. This Trio 8500 Plus Zoom Room bundle adds the powerful EagleEye IV MPTZ camera to the Trio 8500 and Dell Optiplex. The EagleEye IV brings HD video quality to the Zoom Rooms experience.
  • Large Conference Room Bundle – The larger conference room Zoom Rooms experience bundle, the Trio 8800 Zoom Room, includes the more powerful Trio 8800 along with EagleEye IV MPTZ HD video camera and Dell Optiplex. Polycom Trio 8800 has more advanced speakers designed to deliver clear, rich audio fidelity in larger rooms.

“Partnering with Polycom on Zoom Rooms solutions reinforces Zoom’s commitment to create the best meeting experiences for our enterprise users. With Trio as the Zoom Rooms controller and audio source and Polycom cameras in the room, users benefit from our outstanding audio and video quality, ease of use, and reliability,” said Oded Gal, head of product management for Zoom.

The three Polycom Zoom Rooms bundles focus on simplicity and ease of use. Bringing the Zoom experience to every sized conference room is easy with Plug and Play deployment of Polycom cameras and the Zoom UI on Polycom Trio. These bundles turn every room into a productivity center for employees create meaningful connections and collaborate.

Polycom first partnered with Zoom in May 2017 to enable Polycom video solutions, Group Series and Debut, to click-to-join Zoom meetings. Today’s announcement brings the Zoom partnership to the next level.

Polycom’s Zoom Rooms bundles will be available in July in the U.S. from CDW and Insight.  Polycom’s certified solutions for Zoom will be available worldwide from any authorized Polycom reseller. Polycom’s Zoom Rooms bundles will be available in CALA, EMEA, and APAC later this year.

Polycom Unveils Meeting Space Innovations to Simplify End User Experiences 

Polycom has also announced a new capability for the Polycom Trio. Polycom Trio will be able to power high-end video capabilities needed by large meeting rooms and auditoriums, such as facial tracking, dual monitor support, superior audio coverage, and easier content sharing.

Already adopted by 65 of the Fortune 100, Polycom Trio is driving digital transformation with a consistent user experience, whether employees are simply dialing a phone number or joining a video call. Expanding that experience to larger rooms will now further simplify the act of starting meetings – saving time and increasing productivity.

“Customers have higher expectations than ever before for meeting rooms — they want every meeting space to be a true collaboration center with simple voice, video, and content sharing,” said Mary McDowell, Polycom CEO. “Polycom continues to lead the way with Polycom Trio, making it the simplest way for our customers to connect, communicate, and be productive.”

Polycom Trio will work with Polycom’s industry-leading video CODECs in addition to VisualPlus, opening the door to videoconferencing capabilities previously reserved for larger rooms, such as the facial tracking found in Polycom EagleEye Director II and Polycom EagleEye Producer.

Polycom Trio will also be able to offer a better experience with dual monitor support, better audio coverage with ceiling mics, and easier content sharing with HDMI connections. With no need for additional remote controls, Polycom Trio’s touch screen becomes the only interface needed to manage call volume, camera zoom, and more. These new functionalities will be supported by software updates to Polycom Trio and Polycom’s Group Series CODECs, available in July.

Polycom has also announced an update to its wireless content sharing system, Polycom Pano, adding a guest access feature to enable visitors like consultants, customers, partners, or contractors to connect and share content securely through guest wi-fi networks. In this scenario, Polycom Pano is on a second wireless network in receive-only mode to maintain security, allowing all meeting attendees to confidently connect and share with a single touch. Polycom Pano allows up to four different devices to connect simultaneously and share presentations, documents, videos, and images, and easily annotate them with its infinite whiteboard feature. The Polycom Pano update will be released in July.

Polycom is showcasing Polycom Trio and Polycom Pano at Booth N1546 at InfoComm 2018 at the Las Vegas Convention Center (June 6 to 8). The Polycom team also will be showing Microsoft video interoperability innovations; Polycom VoxBox Bluetooth speakerphone; EagleEye Director II Cascading; and expanded capabilities within the Polycom video ecosystem. Polycom Partners Zoom and BlueJeans also will exhibit Trios in their booths.

Polycom executives will participate in three industry panel discussions at InfoComm including Workplaces of Tomorrow; the State of the UCC Industry; and how AI such as Amazon’s Alexa and Microsoft’s Siri are Changing Collaboration.