Polycom and IIIT-H enter into Collaborative Research Agreement for New Product Development

Fri, 06/21/2013 - 09:04 — admin
Hyderabad, June 18, 2013 – Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM), the global leader in open, standards-based unified communications and collaboration (UC&C), today in India announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Hyderabad in collaborative research for development of new video collaboration products and solutions. The MoU encompasses joint research in developing video technology solutions and through this collaboration, Polycom also aims to nurture the next generation of researchers and provide a marketplace for innovations and developments by IIIT students.
Polycom and IIIT Hyderabad will also jointly engage with their respective Research & Development labs to develop unified communications-related programmes and projects which are of benefit to end-users. This mutual partnership will also allow Polycom to tap into IIIT Hyderabad's available resource pool of IT professionals and enable Polycom's own technology professionals to enhance their professional development and career paths through the institute's technical courses.
The IIIT Hyderabad has evolved strong research programmes in a host of areas, with a major focus on development of technology applications. As an autonomous university in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, it has now emerged as one of the most prestigious institutes in the country, laying great emphasis on research and technology development right from undergraduate level.
Mr. Balaji Iyer, General Manager of the India Innovation Centre (R&D) at Polycom and Professor P. J. Narayanan, Director, IIIT Hyderabad represented Polycom and IIIT Hyderabad at the signing, in the presence of other senior officials.
“Video collaboration is a mission-critical business solution and we constantly strive to enable our customers with solutions that increase efficiency and productivity, while delivering the industry's best experience and lowest Total Cost of Ownership (TCO),” said Mr. Balaji Iyer, General Manager, R&D, Polycom India. “The signing of the MOU with IIIT Hyderabad will result in a meaningful collaborative research effort between our teams, and reaffirms our commitment to nurturing the best talent within India.”
Mr. Iyer pointed out that customers are not just looking for intelligence in their technology solutions, but also strong return on their investment. “We will work closely with IIIT-H researchers on various video collaboration functionalities, among other aspects making the technology even more intuitive and enhancing the overall customer experience.”
"IIIT Hyderabad is known for its excellence in research in computing and communications. Our research centres on Computer Vision, Language and Speech technologies among others address problems that are closely related to Polycom's business goals. Polycom's world class infrastructure, innovations, and R&D capabilities will provide excellent exposure for IIIT-H students and faculty in addition to several projects and programmes in which both organisations will collaborate. In turn, we look forward to making significant contributions to Polycom's drive in enhancing the overall video collaboration experience for customers", saidProfessor Vasudeva Varma, Dean of Research at IIIT Hyderabad.
Globally, as a standard, Polycom remains continuously focused on innovation and quality to provide the best video collaboration experience for customers. The company's commitment to constant development and improvement of interoperable technology solutions has resulted in a number of breakthrough video collaboration innovations recently, which include the Polycom RealPresence® CloudAXIS™ Suite, extending secure, reliable and high-quality enterprise-grade video collaboration to anyone with a browser and Web camera.
About IIIT Hyderabad
The IIIT Hyderabad is one of India's premier academic institutions with degree and research programmes across Computer Science, Electronics and Communications and their applications in other domains. The institute has, over the past decade and a half, evolved strong research programmes which can be transferred for use by the industry and society. The Institute combines pioneering research with top class education and an innovative curriculum. Students from not only the Masters and PhD levels but also the undergraduate level, participate in ongoing research and technology development - an opportunity unprecedented in India.
About Polycom
Polycom is the global leader in open, standards-based unified communications and collaboration (UC&C) solutions for voice and video collaboration, trusted by more than 415,000 customers around the world. Polycom solutions are powered by the Polycom® RealPresence® Platform, comprehensive software infrastructure and rich APIs that interoperate with the broadest set of communication, business, mobile and cloud applications and devices to deliver secure face-to-face video collaboration in any environment. Polycom and its ecosystem of over 7,000 partners provide truly unified communications solutions that deliver the best user experience, highest multi-vendor interoperability, and lowest TCO. Visit www.polycom.asia or connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to learn how we're pushing the greatness of human collaboration forward.

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