Polycom Conferencing Infrastructure Receives UC APL Certification from U.S. Federal Government

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Polycom RMX 2000 enables U.S Government agencies to securely bridge multi-point audio and video conferencing across secure networks in support of mission critical applications

Mar 17, 2010, PLEASANTON, Calif.

Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM), the global leader in telepresence, video and voice communication solutions, today announced it received Unified Capabilities Approved Product List (UC APL) certification from the U.S. Department of Defense for the Polycom RMX 2000™, a highly scalable and resilient multipoint conferencing platform for high-definition (HD) telepresence, audio and video conferencing. Complementing existing UC APL certifications for the Polycom HDX line of room and personal telepresence systems, Polycom solutions enable government customers to securely bridge telepresence and audio and video conferencing across secure networks to support a wide variety of mission critical applications.

The Unified Capabilities APL, as tested by the Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC), applies to every Department of Defense (DOD) Information Technology (IT) and National Security System (NSS) and assures that the Combatant Commander, Services, and Agency systems can interoperate securely in a joint, combined, and coalition environment in support of global net-centric war-fighting capabilities.

The Polycom RMX 2000 is built on an open, standards-based architecture to ensure interoperability and connectivity regardless of network type (H.323/SIP, PSTN, ISDN) or endpoint used, and offers unrivalled flexibility for supporting HD telepresence, as well as legacy video conferencing systems. The Polycom RMX 2000 also supports the integration of real-time voice and video collaboration into core unified communications platforms from Polycom Open Collaboration Network partners.

The Polycom RMX 2000 features many unique capabilities that benefit government agencies, such as Polycom Video Clarity™, which upscales the resolution of non-HD video streams, and Polycom Lost Packet Recovery™, which protects conference quality, allowing users with limited bandwidth capabilities and legacy endpoint technology to receive a superior quality of experience. It is also the only platform to support up to 160 video and 800 audio calls on a single chassis without cascading, which enables agencies to optimize their enterprise investments, consolidate infrastructure and reduce energy consumption within their data centers, while also simplifying management and reducing costs.

"Real-time collaboration has become a critical element for our government customers, both on and off the battlefield," said Barry Morris, vice president of Polycom Federal. "Certification of the Polycom RMX 2000 will enable our U.S. Federal customers to expand and improve the efficiency of information sharing in secure environments, so that well-informed decisions can be made. Polycom continues to advance the security on our solutions and has an aggressive certification roadmap to meet the growing security requirements of our government customers."

Use of collaborative communications technologies in the public sector continues to increase due to its ability to streamline a wide variety of business processes and workflows, resulting in increased efficiency and improved productivity, as well as expanded service capabilities. Benefits of deploying real-time collaboration in defense operations include: improving information sharing and interagency collaboration; extending command and control capabilities; enabling the war-fighter with enhanced learning and training programs; increasing operational effectiveness for critical operations; supporting telework and continuity of operations; as well as facilitating sophisticated and far-reaching telemedicine applications including tele-psychiatry, tele-radiology, tele-surgery and tele-dermatology.

Polycom recognizes that implementing secure communication technologies, validating standards and interoperability is, in many cases, a mandatory requirement for government customers and has created the Polycom Government Security website to provide easy access to related information and resources, including a new whitepaper on video conferencing security.

Additional information about Polycom products currently on the Department of Defense (DOD) Unified Capabilities Approved Products List (UC APL), the DISA's Memorandum of Certification, and the latest software releases are available on the Polycom Certification & Accreditation page.

Pricing and Availability
Polycom RMX 2000 Software Release 4.5.0.F is now available at no additional cost for customers on a current maintenance agreement. Polycom RMX 2000 systems are available worldwide through qualified channel partners. Polycom products on the Defense Switched Network (DSN) Unified Communications Approved Products List (UCAPL) can be found at:  http://jitc.fhu.disa.mil/apl/dsn/apl_polycom.html

About the Polycom Open Collaboration Network
Leading unified communications and networking providers have joined the Polycom Open Collaboration Network to provide open and interoperable collaboration solutions that give customers greater flexibility and investment protection for their unified communications environment. The Polycom Open Collaboration Network enables Polycom to deliver its productivity-enhancing and cost-saving telepresence, video and voice collaboration products as an integrated part of core unified communication environments, making the technologies easily accessible as part of the everyday workflow within a comprehensive solution that is easy to deploy and manage. For more information and a list of partners visit: www.polycom.com/POCN.  To discover Polycom Open Collaboration Network partner solutions available on the Unified Capabilities Approved Product List (UC APL), go to:  http://jitc.fhu.disa.mil/apl/dsn.html (search by manufacturer).

About Polycom
Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM) is the global leader in telepresence, video, and voice solutions and a visionary in communications that empower people to connect and collaborate everywhere. Visit www.polycom.com for more information and follow us on Twitter @AllAboutPolycom.

Polycom reserves the right to modify future product plans at any time. Products and/or related specifications referenced in this press release are not guaranteed, and will be delivered on a when and if available basis.

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