Polycom RealPresence offers Video Content Management for Android, Apple Devices
On the back of an underwhelming quarterly financial report and the divestment of its enterprise wireless voice solutions business, unified communications specialist Polycom has updated its RealPresence video content management platform for Google Android and Apple iOS mobile devices. The Video Content Management solution will be available worldwide July 2012.
Updates for for the RSS 4000 Recording and Streaming Server and RealPresence Media Manager also improve compatibility with existing and future technologies, and the ability to live-stream or record videos for on-demand delivery to Web-enabled devices.
The RSS 4000 Recording and Streaming Server records, archives, and streams video conferences for playback, with a new Web-based user interface and integration with existing infrastructure including other external media servers that store and distribute digital media content.
RealPresence Media Manager includes full HTML5 support and a content transcoding engine that prepares content for playback on Android or iOS-based systems on tablets or smartphones, and digital signage integration allows IT to push content from the Media Manager to third-party digital signage solutions.
Media Manager is also compatible with Microsoft SQL Server 2012, which enables integrated search with multi-language support that returns relevant document and videos side-by-side.
With RealPresence Media Utility for IBM Sametime collaboration software, users can publish recorded Sametime sessions featuring audio and content into the media library for approval, transcoding and delivery across devices.
Polycom is pitching the platforms specifically at education, healthcare and manufacturing verticals, but as businesses increasingly adopt bring your own device (BYOD) policies and mobile solutions to streamline operations, VARs with a mobile focus should have no problem pitching the benefits to their customers.
The Polycom updates arrive amid questions about the telepresence market. Just last week, Cisco Systems became the latest technology company to describe softness in the telepresence market, blaming economic conditions rather than any major competitive issues.