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Avaya, Polycom join forces in IP telephony-enabled video initiative

Avaya Inc. and Polycom, Inc. today announced plans to jointly develop and market IP telephony-enabled video product...


December 8, 2003  


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Avaya Inc. and Polycom, Inc. today announced plans to jointly develop and market IP telephony-enabled video products they claim will make desktop and group video communication as simple as making a phone call.

The intent is to help businesses communicate more efficiently, reduce costs, simplify network management and make real-time video a significant component of enterprise communications, they said.

According to a recent survey of chief information officers conducted by Gartner Inc., desktop video conferencing was cited first among a list of emerging technologies based on their future potential.

“Enterprises are beginning to prepare their networks for convergence, so that they can take advantage of new collaborative applications that combine voice, data and video,” said Lawrence Orans, principal analyst, Gartner Research.

“We are seeing an upswing in IP telephony adoption and a strong related desire to bring desktop and group video to the converged communications network, enabling faster collaborative decision-making.”

The companies plan a single network management system for voice and video that includes common signaling, a standardized dial plan, common directories, and common authentication and authorization procedures.

Scheduled for delivery in mid-2004, the first jointly developed products from Avaya and Polycom will integrate Polycom video into Avaya’s Softphone application, allowing users to make both phone and video calls through an interface on their PC or laptop computer.

“Integrating video into converged voice and data networks enables businesses to take advantage of face-to-face communication with the click of a button, across a corporate campus and around the globe,” said Mike Thurk, group vice president for Avaya’s enterprise communications group.