NATO Communications and Information Agency Selects Polycom Video Collaboration Solutions to Help Foster International Peace and Collaboration

Secure video solution will promote international cooperation for peace-keeping mission

SAN JOSE, Calif - Jan 13, 2015: 

Polycom (Nasdaq: PLCM) announced today that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the alliance of 28 countries from Europe and North America focused on defense, security, and crisis management, has selected Polycom® Open Telepresence Experience® (OTX)  for its Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency). High quality, secure and reliable communications solutions play a critical role in completing missions and conducting day-to-day business operations. Using a blended implementation that includes video, voice and email together with other high-speed military communications solutions, the NCI Agency will rely on Polycom OTX, an immersive room-based video conferencing solution, to foster collaboration for future crisis, diplomatic missions and humanitarian efforts.

Polycom’s solution also works with Microsoft® Lync® and provides NATO with the ability to expand usage to the desktop and hold secure meetings and train employees. Requiring an efficient and reliable solution that’s easy to use, Polycom’s OTX solution also provides a real-life collaboration experience that connects easily and instantly.

“Secure collaboration is mission critical at NATO,” said Gus Mommers, Branch head CMS, NCI Agency “More than any other means, face-to-face connections are making it possible for us to perform and complete critical objectives in order to maintain global peace and ensure the safety of our partnering countries. Time, resources and strategy are of the essence, and this means needing to connect immediately.”

The latest implementation extends a seven-year long relationship between Polycom and NATO. Prior to implementing the Polycom OTX immersive room system, NATO was using a first-generation immersive solution from Polycom, which allowed the organization an instant means to collaborate while offering the ability to share documents. Polycom OTX offers enhanced features and ensures a higher level of automated operations and quality. 

“The way the world is communicating is drastically changing and in the near future, video collaboration is primed to become the most preferred means to communicate,” said Barry Morris, President Public Sector at Polycom. “We applaud NATO for valuing the power of video collaboration and content sharing, which improves productivity and efficiency, leading to faster problem solving and decision making. Polycom is proud to have served NATO over the last seven years, supporting these missions by providing high quality, reliable video and content sharing collaboration solutions, and we look forward to partnering more in the future.”

NATO also has used Polycom technology for a variety of specific missions, including crisis management. . With a reliance and need for instant communications access to a geographical dispersed workforce , NATO uses the Polycom® RealPresence® Platform, which includes the RealPresence® Collaboration Server solution, a multiparty video, voice, and content collaboration solution that connects the most people at highest quality and lowest cost. NATO also uses the Polycom® RealPresence® Distributed Media Application™ (DMA®) solution, a network-based virtualization application for managing and distributing calls across collaboration networks, and Polycom® RealPresence® Access Director™ custom endpoint configurations and desktop and mobile applications to allow users to securely connect with others outside the firewall.

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