Polycom® SoundStation® Connect Delivers Polycom’s Legendary Audio Quality to Desktop or Laptop-Based Meetings, Anywhere Users Go

Polycom® SoundStation® Connect Delivers Polycom’s Legendary Audio Quality to Desktop or Laptop-Based Meetings, Anywhere Users Go

Plug and play USB device allows users to enjoy Polycom HD Voice technology for computer-based soft-phones, making it ideal for small-group meetings anywhere in the office or on the go

London, UK – 5 March 2013 – Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM), the global leader in open, standards-based unified communications and collaboration (UC&C), today announced the Polycom® SoundStation® Connect, an audio conference solution that lets users bring the gold standard in audio conferencing technology wherever they go. The SoundStation Connect plugs directly into any laptop or desktop USB port, letting users of soft-phone apps such as Polycom® RealPresence® Desktop 2.0, Microsoft® Lync™ or IBM Sametime experience HD-quality audio conferencing technology for small-group meetings in the office, at home or when traveling.

"Polycom SoundStation Connect lets customers take the legendary Polycom SoundStation audio conferencing experience anywhere they want to have voice or video meeting on their computer,” said Jim Kruger, Senior Vice President of Product and Solutions Marketing, Polycom. “SoundStation Connect is ideal for groups of people in small to midsize rooms such as salespeople and customers in a huddle room, patients and doctors in an office, or creative designers and ad experts in a brainstorm area. Polycom’s best-in-class HD audio technology allows all of the meeting participants on the call to hear and be heard, making calls more productive.”

Benefits of the SoundStation Connect include:

  • Clear conversationsPolycom Voice technology reduces background noise, echo, and feedback, while microphone pickup covers more than 7 feet in diameter
  • Easy to deploy with broad interoperability – Plug-and-play with no software driver needed,  the device runs on USB power and works with any UC soft-phone app running on computers that support USB audio
  • Easy to use and transport – The ultra-simple UI with volume up, down and mute makes it easy for anyone to use while the compact design is ideal for meetings on the go

Today’s announcement of the SoundStation Connect builds on the company’s UC&C innovation, which includes more than 850 patents. Polycom, which has an expansive product line with industry leading audio technology, recently announced it has shipped more than 10 million audio devices since the company’s founding in 1990 (see the related press release).

Polycom SoundStation Connect will be available in Q2 2013 in select countries worldwide through certified Polycom reseller partners.

Polycom will demonstrate Polycom SoundStation Connect this week at Unified Communications Expo
(Stand H819) in Olympia, London from March 5-6, 2013; CeBIT (Hall 4, Stand A26) in Hanover, Germany from March 5-9, 2013; X.Days (Stand PN07) in Switzerland from March 13-14; and at Enterprise Connect (Booth 1719) in Orlando, Fla. from March 18-21, 2013.

About Polycom
Polycom is the global leader in open, standards-based unified communications and collaboration (UC&C) solutions for voice and video collaboration, trusted by more than 415,000 customers around the world. Polycom solutions are powered by the Polycom® RealPresence® Platform, comprehensive software infrastructure and rich APIs that interoperate with the broadest set of communication, business, mobile and cloud applications and devices to deliver secure face-to-face video collaboration in any environment. Polycom and its ecosystem of over 7,000 partners provide truly unified communications solutions that deliver the best user experience, highest multi-vendor interoperability, and lowest TCO. Visit www.polycom.co.uk or connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to learn how we’re pushing the greatness of human collaboration forward.

NOTE: The product plans, specifications, and descriptions herein are provided for information only and subject to change without notice, and are provided without warranty of any kind, express or implied. Polycom reserves the right to modify future product plans at any time. Products and related specifications referenced herein are not guaranteed and will be delivered on a when and if available basis.

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