Motorola Xoom gets Polycom telepresence

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Motorola Mobility and Polycom are to collaborate in bringing Polycom#s high-definition (HD) personal telepresence to Motorola’s Xoom tablet device. The collaboration, it is said, will result in improved enterprise collaboration and productivity by enabling users to easily connect and share content virtually anywhere via one-to-one or group video experiences. 

Telepresence on Xoom - coming in the autumn.

“Motorola Mobility is making great strides in enabling enterprise users, and we are excited to equip mobile workers with effective collaboration tools that improve decision making and accelerate customer response,” said Christy Wyatt, corporate vice president, software and services product management, Motorola Mobility. “Leveraging Polycom’s innovation and leadership in telepresence, Motorola will help businesses easily extend their video initiatives to Motorola Xoom, thereby expanding mobile collaboration for workers. For consumers, the Motorola Xoom video experience will set a new standard for quality and performance.”

Xoom was decribed as an ‘iPad beater – at least until Apple annunced the iPad 2. Consequently, Motorola needs a killer app to push its “best-in-class dual core processor and 10.1” widescreen HD display”. Enterprise collaboration with video could be it. Xoom features a front-facing 2-megapixel camera for video conferencing, as well as a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera that captures HD video. 

“Polycom is excited to team with Motorola and leverage their innovative device to help enterprise customers expand workforce mobility and drive standards-based telepresence further into the business and mobile markets,” said Sudhakar Ramakrishna, Polycom executive vice president and general manager products and services, and chief development officer. “For Polycom, this collaboration demonstrates continued momentum into the mobile market and furthers our strategy to deliver UCEverywhere and drive a network effect and increased value for customers.”

The Polycom UC Intelligent Core infrastructure platform allows enterprise customers like Motorola to easily extend enterprise visual communications to mobile users without additional network configuration. The broad support for industry standards within the platform will enable Motorola Xoom and smart phone users to seamlessly and securely connect with existing telepresence and video conferencing investments and the estimated ecosystem of two million standards-based video room systems in use today.

“Polycom telepresence provides tremendous value to our business in terms of improved collaboration and productivity between our locations,” said Walter F. Oswald, corporate vice president and CIO, Motorola Mobility. “The ability to extend telepresence to mobile workers via Motorola tablets will further enhance collaboration with employees in the field and drive greater value and return on investment for our video investments overall.”

Polycom telepresence for Motorola devices is planned for availability in the second half of 2011.


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