Videoconferencing gear maker Polycom (PLCM) is bringing mobile video communications to consumer tablets for business customers.Pleasanton-based Polycom says its tablet software — which is aimed at big businesses — will help workers hold videoconferences while on the go.
“Polycom,” company CEO Andrew Miller said, is “extending video collaboration beyond the traditional boundaries of the conference room and desktop.”
With Polycom’s HD video technology on a tablet, users can connect simultaneously to other standards-based video systems, including immersive video rooms, group/desktop systems, and laptops. Launched today, the RealPresence Mobile software application, powered by the Polycom(R) RealPresence(TM) Platform, extends Polycom’s HD video collaboration technology to deliver to tablets the same high-quality, secure, reliable video experience customers are accustomed to inside the office. The RealPresence Mobile software application is available via a free download from Android Market(TM) beginning today and Motorola will become the first company to offer the RealPresence Mobile application pre-loaded on its tablet devices, starting in Q4 201.
Polycom cites a number of practical applications: A physician could use a tablet to collaborate with medical experts through a video link. Students could remain connected to professors from anywhere, including their homes. Factory operators could monitor the plantfloor. Emergency workers could share and analyze on-site information in real time.
Unlike rivals Avaya and Cisco Systems (CISCO), Polycom isn’t building its own tablets but instead will enable video communications on third-party tablets.