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Upgrade your huddle rooms to business class with Polycom Studio

Polycom Studio's new USB video bar makes connecting easy, thanks to its plug-and-play functionality that works with nearly any video platform and budget.

Johannesburg, 08 Aug 2019
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With an estimated 32 million huddle rooms globally, only 2% of those spaces include equipment for video conferencing, which is becoming increasingly important for the mobile workforce. And, while the rooms may be small, the ideas that businesses are counting on coming out of those rooms are anything but.

Polycom Studio combines business-class performance with simplicity for small rooms and huddle spaces. This new USB video bar from Polycom Studio makes connecting easier than ever, with plug-and-play functionality that works with nearly any video platform and any budget.

With room-filling sound and pinpoint-accurate microphones, Polycom Studio enables participants on both ends of your calls to hear and be heard clearly. Developed through decades of audio science, Polycom Studio has the best audio quality in its class, letting you experience meetings as if you’re there in person. With intelligent features such as Polycom Acoustic Fence and NoiseBlock, Polycom Studio automatically mutes and removes distracting background noises and other unwanted sounds.

Cloud-based video conferencing has exploded over the past few years. Adoption has been rapid, and enterprises are leading the way in rolling out video-first meetings and higher levels of productivity, and in reducing the cost of travelling between meetings.

Both Polycom and Plantronics have been shaping the landscape of equipment in the VCaaS (video conferencing as a service) industry for some time, enabling enterprise-grade video collaboration solutions that are designed to equip different meeting spaces, from huddle rooms to large boardrooms. Polycom Studio works with most collaboration platforms, including Microsoft Teams, Skype for Business, Zoom, BlueJeans, Pexip and more, making it easy to deploy and use with nearly any type of video call.

Polycom Studio for meeting users

Many video conferences today are frustrating DIY experiences that result in lousy audio and video that don’t allow teams to see and hear everyone clearly. Polycom Studio eliminates that frustration. Simple USB plug-and-play connectivity keeps technology in the background and provides a business-class solution to small-room users. It just works!

  • Best-in-class audio: Polycom Studio sound bar ensures clear, high-fidelity stereo audio that accurately reproduces voices in a way that you’d only expect from more expensive solutions.
  • Dynamic video experience: The exclusive speaker tracking technology intelligently focuses on the person talking, even if they move around the room.
  • No distractions: Background noise that overrides whoever is speaking results in meeting distractions and stops the flow of conversation to ask everyone to go on mute. Polycom Studio’s patented NoiseBlock and Acoustic Fence technology silences those distractions.

Polycom Studio for IT

Polycom Studio makes managing many huddle rooms a simple process that doesn’t require on-site, hands-on attention. Don’t waste your time running from room to room updating multiple systems for every new release of software; spend that time building great group collaboration experiences that your users will love.

  • Simple deployment: Polycom Studio’s simple USB plug-and-play connectivity and flexible mounting options allow you to place the device wherever you like, accommodating a variety of different huddle room configurations.
  • Centralised management: Polycom Studio provides centralised management that enables easy access for software updates and for changing settings, as needed.
  • Lower costs and fewer IT resources: Teams enabled to think big require less support, freeing your resources to work on other strategic priorities. Your IT department will love the accolades from meeting users.

Offering the perfect combination of simplicity, budget control and productivity, huddle rooms are excellent for creating a more efficient workforce. However, companies still need to find the right solution to bring those huddle rooms to life. The Polycom Studio is the relatively small, easy-to-use and affordable plug-and-play answer to that problem, packed with exciting technology and bringing powerful conferencing into any room.

Kathea Communication Solutions

Kathea is a value-added distributor of voice, audio visual, video conferencing and workspace management products, solutions and services in South and Southern Africa. Founded in 1998, Kathea has a proud history of making markets for manufacturers through focused and specialized distribution and proudly represents some of the top brands in the communication and collaboration arenas. Kathea prides themselves on offering high value-add brand representation with deep skills and service competence, combined with efficient distribution to over 800 resellers. For more information visit www.kathea.co.za.

Poly

Plantronics, Inc. ("Poly" – formerly Plantronics and Polycom) (NYSE: PLT) is a global communications company that powers meaningful human connection and collaboration. Poly combines legendary audio expertise and powerful video and conferencing capabilities to overcome the distractions, complexity and distance that make communication in and out of the workplace challenging. Poly believes in solutions that make life easier when they work together and with our partners' services. Our headsets, software, desk phones, audio and video conferencing, analytics and services are used worldwide and are a leading choice for every kind of workspace. For more information visit www.poly.com.

Editorial contacts
Deepak Nathoo 011 844 9900 Deepak.Nathoo@kathea.co.za
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