New plug-and-play HD video-conferencing solution transforms small meeting rooms into true centers for collaboration
SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - February 20, 2019 - Plantronics
(NYSE: PLT), an audio pioneer and unified communications technology leader,
today announced its first entry into the huddle room video market with its new
plug-and-play video bar, Polycom Studio. Packed in a portable USB device, the
plug-and-play video bar immerses small meeting groups in an upgraded
collaboration experience with Polycom's legendary HD audio and video quality,
and is compatible with PCs or Macs for video collaboration on popular Video-as-a-Service
(VaaS) platforms such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Skype for Business, Google
Meet, Cisco Webex, Amazon Chime, among others.
Today's open office spaces have resulted in an
explosion of smaller meeting spaces, or "huddle rooms," where groups of 2-6 can
escape the noise to collaborate, often with coworkers in other locations. But of
an estimated 32 million huddle rooms globally, only two percent of those spaces
include equipment for video conferencing,
which is becoming increasingly important for the mobile workforce. In APAC, a
Big Ideas from Small Spaces study by Polycom found an
overwhelming 96% of workers in the region (including Singapore) agreed that
collaboration technologies such as video-conferencing help them to be more
productive and to work smarter, but only
41% of huddle rooms in Singapore are video-enabled, lagging behind India and
"With an increasingly mobile workforce, workers
are no longer bound by physical limitations when it comes to having meetings
and collaborating. There is a growing need for companies to equip their
workspaces to enable workers to work smarter, collaborate more and achieve
greater productivity. With the HD audio
and video clarity that Polycom Studio provides, even the smallest of spaces can
have boardroom capability," said Low Mei Lin, Director, APAC solutions
marketing at Polycom.
With a simple USB connection, any PC or
Mac can leverage the power of Polycom Studio to elevate audio and video meeting
experiences. Its patented NoiseBlock and Acoustic Fence technologies reduce or
eliminate distracting noise from office environments for professional-sounding
communications. Automatic speaker tracking focuses on whoever is speaking
within an ultra-wide 120-degree field of view. With 4K resolution and 5x
electronic zoom, Polycom Studio provides TV studio-like quality and experiences
in a meeting.
"Enterprises around the world have come
to understand the strategic importance of their smaller meeting spaces. In
fact, we expect the number of AV-enabled huddle rooms to increase by 15 percent
in the next 12-24 months," explains Ira M. Weinstein, managing partner at
analyst firm Recon Research. "With the
release of Polycom Studio, Polycom can finally bring its decades of experience
in high quality video and audio to smaller rooms with lower budgets. And based
on our initial testing, we think Polycom Studio will meet the expectations of
even the most discerning huddle room users."
For IT managers, Polycom Studio is refreshingly
easy to manage. Unlike most USB devices
that give IT little or no visibility into what is being used or any means for
management and updating, Polycom Studio wirelessly
connects to a corporate network to allow IT professionals a "no touch" means to
manage Polycom Studio units -- across a few huddle rooms, a large campus, or
offices around the world. Customers can easily manage their Polycom Studio
video bars along with their other Polycom devices through the cloud with the
Polycom Device Management Service for Enterprise or on premises with Polycom
RealPresence Resource Manager.
Studio will be available in Singapore from February 28th, 2019
through channel partners and distributors at a recommended retail price of US$
For more information, visit https://www.polycom.com.sg/hd-video-conferencing/room-video-systems/polycom-studio.html.
for product enquiries.
Plantronics is an audio pioneer and a leader in the communications industry. Plantronics technology creates rich, natural, people-first audio and collaboration experiences so good ideas can be shared and heard--wherever, whenever and however they happen. The company's portfolio of integrated communications and collaboration solutions spans headsets, software, desk phones, audio and video conferencing, analytics and services. Our solutions are used worldwide by consumers and businesses alike and are a leading choice for every kind of workspace. For more information visit plantronics.com.
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