Polycom May Go Viral
Today Polycom announced a new suite of open APIs and mobile capabilities designed to make their RealPresence video technology more valuable across organizations and even users on the move. Their tools work with competitors' equipment and software and offer the ability for organizations to customize the experience to the particular needs of the business.
Zeus Kerravala, CEO of ZKResearch says, “Polycom has a dedicated focus on scaling video collaboration through a commitment to open standards, interoperability, new APIs, and a focus on a simple experience for end users and IT administrators."
In the demonstration I saw last week, Polycom hightlighted their mobile capability to control a remote camera. In the image below, a neurologist from Orlando Health uses his iPad to manipulate the remote camera's pan, tilt and zoom.
The remote capabilities are also critical for troubleshooting in manufacturing and oil production. An expert can control the camera at the far end, including through attached microscopes or other tools, to perform diagnosis without costly travel to the site.
Polycom has also upgraded their ability to scale. They have gone from support of up to 5K devices to 10K with the possibility of even larger scale.
Through these enhancements to their already powerful video collaboration tools, Polycom takes the next step in enabling our ability to work flexibly, quickly, and effectively. The open APIs give a new cadre of developers the chance to make the capabilities ubiquitous.
Picture courtesy of Polycom.