Polycom unveils 'first' enterprise-class HD telepresence software

Summary:Polycom aims to create a true ecosystem involving tablets for the telepresence market.

Mobile devices are giving employees the power to work from anywhere, on-the-go. That has also given way to the proliferation and increased competition for video conferencing and telepresence solutions.

Debuting against the backdrop of the CTIA Enterprise and Applications show in San Diego this week, online communications and collaboration solutions provider Polycom is introducing what it boasts as the "first" enterprise-class HD video software solution.

Specifically, this software deals with tablets as the medium continues to gain popularity in the enterprise world.

Polycom cited a few studies to back this claim up. First, a Forrester report found that approximately half of U.S. information workers split work time between the office, home, and other remote locations. Although most of these workers are still using using smartphones to work remotely, tablets are gaining ground.

That's not terribly surprising considering the cost of tablets, and that the tablet market has really only come about in the last year or so. Additionally, one would argue that a smartphone is a more necessary gadget compared to a tablet.

However, it's certainly a lot easier to get work done on a tablet with a larger screen than on a tiny smartphone. Although when it comes to video conferencing, maybe it doesn't matter so long as there is a front-facing camera involved.

Additionally, GigaOM Pro reported that the number of people using video chat is predicted to grow 14 times to more than 140 million by 2015.

Thus, enter Polycom RealPresence Mobile, which promises to extend the use of high-quality and secure video conferencing across an organization via tablets, laptops and desktop computers.

Initially, the Polycom RealPresence Mobile program will be supported by the Apple iPad 2, Motorola Xoom and Samsung Galaxy Tab.


Topics: Tablets, Cisco, Hardware, Hewlett-Packard, iPad, Laptops, Mobility, Samsung, Smartphones


Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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