a leading cloud-based unified communications and collaboration (UC&C)
provider for business, and Polycom,
Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM), the global leader in open standards-based
unified communications and collaboration (UC&C), today announced a
strategic agreement to provide Video-as-a-Service (VaaS) offerings by
combining the Polycom® RealPresence® Platform software infrastructure
with SimpleSignal's cloud-based unified communications platform. By
powering its new SimpleMeetup Video service with the RealPresence
Platform - the most comprehensive and interoperable software
infrastructure for universal video collaboration - SimpleSignal is
taking advantage of Polycom's broad open standards-based inoperability
to make it possible for employees, partners, and customers to
collaborate face-to-face across multiple platforms and devices without
worrying about whether the service and systems will work together.
"We believe video is the new voice when it comes to effective
communication and collaboration," said Dave Gilbert, CEO of
SimpleSignal. "Face-to-face communication is natural, while blind phone
conversations are not. Video communication changes everything whether
it's a one-on-one conversation or a video conference with a large team.
The combination of Polycom's RealPresence Platform software
infrastructure and SimpleSignal's cloud can now make this experience
simple, practical and affordable for companies of all sizes."
"Collaboration is becoming one of the most common services in the cloud,
and the Polycom RealPresence Platform is the software infrastructure of
choice for a growing number of service providers offering
Video-as-a-Service," said Gary Testa, Global Vice President, Cloud and
Service Providers at Polycom. "Combining Polycom's secure, reliable, and
highly scalable software infrastructure with SimpleSignal's service
offers low operating costs, reliable access, and ease-of-use. With the
Polycom RealPresence Platform, SimpleSignal can connect virtually any
device, whether standards-based or proprietary, resulting in powerful
ROI for customers."
SimpleMeetup Video, powered by Polycom, is SimpleSignal's anytime,
on-demand, HD-quality video as a service offering for two to 100
participants. The cloud-delivered video service complements
SimpleSignal's existing phone service and can be used on its own or in
conjunction with the phone service. Service plans start at $199 per
month per virtual meeting room, with no per-minute or per-user charges
and no on-premises MCU required. Users simply dial into their own video
conference bridge to begin a meeting.
Because of Polycom's support for open standards and interoperability,
the service not only works on Polycom solutions but with a wide variety
of video equipment and devices using TIP, SIP, SVC or H.323 protocols
(including devices from vendors such as Lifesize, Tandberg, Cisco, and
more). The service supports multi-purpose room-based systems (such as
the Polycom® HDX® series or Polycom Group series), video desk phones
(including the Polycom® VVX® 1500 business media phone), soft clients
used on laptops and desktops (such as the Polycom® RealPresence⪚ Desktop
2.0 software), and mobile solutions on smartphones and tablets
(including the Polycom® RealPresence® Mobile 2.0 software, available as
a free download for iOS and Android devices).
SimpleSignal also offers free point-to-point video calling to all of its
hosted PBX customers. Users can make and receive secure video calls and
video voicemails from their supported video desk phones or mobile
The RealPresence Platform software infrastructure provides carrier-grade
reliability, security and industry-leading scalability and interoperates
with the broadest range of communications applications. The RealPresence
Platform software was recently enhanced to include the industry's first
open standards-based SVC (Scalable Video Coding), with 3X HD
multipoint video call capacity for greater scalability, dramatically
lower TCO, superior performance, and backwards- and
SimpleSignal's VaaS offering rounds out a comprehensive suite of cloud
hosted unified communications services that has exclusively featured
Polycom IP phone equipment (the Polycom® SoundPoint® IP series of
phones) since SimpleSignal's launch in 2004. Services include
enterprise-grade hosted PBX with "one number" mobility and integration
with a wide range of CRM solutions, Internet services, SIP trunks, HD
audio conferencing, desktop collaboration, call recording, SMS texting,
voicemail to text, fax to email, backup and storage, plus a growing
number of voice apps and tools that make communications more efficient.
SimpleSignal's VaaS solutions are available to customers today. For more
information, please visit http://www.simplesignal.com/video_conferencing.php.
For more information on the Polycom RealPresence Platform software,
please visit www.polycom.com/products/uc_infrastructure/realpresence_platform/.
SimpleSignal is an enterprise hosted PBX and cloud-based unified
communications service provider, delivering voice, video, and mobile
communications to thousands of satisfied business users globally. The
company provides the most innovative and advanced mobile/video PBX
capabilities in the industry, and is one of the first companies ever to
extend video PBX telephony over iPads, iPhones, and Android mobile
devices that can connect with any brand of video conferencing equipment.
For more information, visit www.simplesignal.com,
check out the company blog at www.simplesignal.com/blog,
or connect at facebook.com/simplesignal
Polycom is the global leader in open standards-based unified
communications and collaboration (UC&C) solutions for voice and video
collaboration, trusted by more than 415,000 customers around the world.
Polycom solutions are powered by the Polycom® RealPresence®
Platform, comprehensive software infrastructure and rich APIs that
interoperate with the broadest set of communication, business, mobile
and cloud applications and devices to deliver secure face-to-face video
collaboration in any environment. Polycom and its ecosystem of over
7,000 partners provide truly unified communications solutions that
deliver the best user experience, highest multi-vendor interoperability,
and lowest TCO. Visit www.polycom.com
or connect with us on Twitter,
to learn how we're pushing the greatness of human collaboration forward.
NOTE: The product plans, specifications, and descriptions herein are
provided for information only and subject to change without notice, and
are provided without warranty of any kind, express or implied. Polycom
reserves the right to modify future product plans at any time. Products
and related specifications referenced herein are not guaranteed and will
be delivered on a when and if available basis.
© 2013 Polycom, Inc. All rights reserved. POLYCOM®, the Polycom logo,
and the names and marks associated with Polycom's products are
trademarks and/or service marks of Polycom, Inc. and are registered
and/or common law marks in the United States and various other
countries. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.
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