Plantronics launches first Polycom video solution for huddle rooms for two to six people
Plantronics is entering the huddle room video market with the introduction of a portable, plug and play video bar designed to convert small meeting rooms into collaboration centres.
The Polycom Studio is aimed at any company in which employees use a PC or Mac for video collaboration with services like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Skype for Business, Google Meet, Cisco Webex or Amazon Chime.
A simple USB connection enables two to six people gathered in a small meeting room to benefit from boardroom quality HD audio and 4K video, with advanced features like NoiseBlock and Acoustic Fence technologies that reduce or eliminate background noise; automatic speaker tracking that focuses in on whoever is speaking within a 120-degree field of view; and a 5x electronic zoom.
Research and Market estimates that just 2% of the 32 million huddles rooms for two to six people worldwide have equipment for video conferencing (source: Global Video Conferencing in Huddle Rooms Market 2018-2022 – Looking Beyond the Hype).
Commenting on the Polycom Studio, Ira M. Weinstein, managing partner at analyst firm Recon Research, said: “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% in the next 12-24 months. 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. Based on our initial testing, we think Polycom Studio will meet the expectations of even the most discerning huddle room users.”
In designing the product, Plantronics has also paid attention to the needs of IT managers. Unlike most USB products that give IT departments little or no visibility into what is being used or any means of managing or updating a device, Polycom Studio connects wirelessly to a corporate network, giving IT professionals ‘no touch’ management of Polycom Studio units across a few huddle rooms, a large campus, or offices around the world.
Customers can manage Polycom Studio video bars, along with other Polycom devices, through the cloud with the Polycom Device Management Service for Enterprise or on premises with Polycom RealPresence Resource Manager.
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