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Polycom® RealPresence® Mobile Wins 2012 Edison Award, Named Among ‘Best New Products' in the Industry for Media/Visual Communication
Posted on Monday, April 30, 2012

Polycom video collaboration software for mobile devices honored for innovation that brings Web-like ease-of-use together with enterprise-grade security and scale

PLEASANTON, Calif. - Apr 30, 2012 : Polycom, Inc., the global leader in open standards-based unified communications, today announced Polycom® RealPresence® Mobile has been recognized as a 2012 Edison Award winner, the Bronze recipient of “Best New Product” in the Media/Visual Communication category. The awards recognize people, companies and solutions that are at the forefront of innovation, creativity and ingenuity in the global economy.
Being recognized with an Edison Award has become one of the highest accolades a company can receive in the name of innovation and business. The awards are named after Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) whose inventions, new product development methods and innovative achievements literally changed the world, garnered him 1,093 U.S. patents, and made him a household name around the world.
“As the pace of innovation quickens and the ‘race to next’ becomes ever more competitive, it’s increasingly important to take a moment out of our hectic lives to recognize excellence in innovation and greatness in the teams of innovators who make our future,” said Thomas Stat, 2012 Edison Awards Steering Committee Chairman. “We are honored to present Polycom with an Edison Award as one of the leading innovators of today and tomorrow.”
“Congratulations to Polycom on winning the Edison Award. At HomeAway, we live and breathe video collaboration – it’s fundamental to our culture,” said David O’Rourke, senior manager, global IT, at HomeAway. “We have Polycom deployed across four continents, and conduct videoconferences every day. A key component of our video collaboration strategy is the use of mobile devices like the new iPad to increase the productivity of remote personnel, whether they are in their living room, on the road, or in a vacation rental property. Polycom has made it all possible with secure and reliable HD video that enables our distributed team to have face-to-face conversations from anywhere. Polycom’s RealPresence video solutions are breaking down time and distance barriers, which helps fuel growth by allowing our people to meet anywhere at any time.”
"We’re proud to have Polycom RealPresence Mobile named as one of the best new products by the Edison Awards. The fast adoption of the mobile video collaboration solution among businesses and mobile users is due to the innovation of our developers. They took our HD enterprise video solutions from the conference room and applied it to popular mobile devices, backed by the enterprise-grade power of the Polycom RealPresence Platform,” said Sudhakar Ramakrishna, president of products and services, Polycom. “RealPresence Mobile allows companies to deliver secure HD video anywhere, furthering Polycom's vision to make video collaboration ubiquitous. We believe we’re at the beginning of a wave of use cases for mobile video that are yet to be discovered through the innovations of our customers.”
Polycom RealPresence Mobile Bring Video Collaboration to Tablets and Smartphones
Today's news builds on the RealPresence Mobile software application launched in October 2011, which is available as a free download on a number of devices including the Apple iPad 2, various Android tablets and the Apple iPhone 4S. RealPresence Mobile, powered by the Polycom® RealPresence® Platform, extends the reach of video collaboration beyond the conference room, allowing mobile device users to easily join individual of multi-party video meetings with other standards-based video systems including immersive video rooms, group/desktop systems, laptops, tablets, and smartphones in HD quality.
Featuring an intuitive user interface, RealPresence Mobile allows users to view content –such as presentations– by swapping the view between the content and conference participants. The solution delivers the legendary Polycom video and audio for a higher quality, enterprise-grade experience. Similar to connecting a smartphone to the corporate email server, RealPresence Mobile can be registered to the RealPresence Platform, allowing customers to enjoy advanced features including provisioning, management, firewall traversal, content sharing, and connectivity to multi-party calls.
Edison Award Winners Judged by Thousands of Leading Business Executives
The ballot of nominees for the Edison Awards was judged by a panel of more than 3,000 leading business executives including past award winners, members of the Marketing Executives Networking Group, academics and leaders in the fields of product development, design, engineering, science and medical.
The award was presented to Polycom at the Edison Awards Gala held in New York City on April 26.