Polycom to Demonstrate IP and ISDN Rich Media Gateway at E-Learning Conference and Expo

Apr 17, 2001, 01:00 ET from Polycom, Inc.

    WASHINGTON, E-Learning Expo, April 17 /PRNewswire/ --
 Polycom(R), Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM), a worldwide leader in broadband communication
 solutions, today announced that Polycom's Network Systems Group will
 demonstrate its Accord GW-25 Gateway product at the E-Learning Conference and
 Expo (formerly TeleCon East) April 17-20 in Washington, D.C (Booth 305). The
 gateway allows users to seamlessly communicate via voice and video between
 IP-based networks and traditional circuit-switch networks such as T-1, E-1 and
 ISDN.
     The Accord GW-25 Gateway is the only system that transcodes all of the
 capabilities of different audio and video endpoints, including audio and video
 algorithms, line rate and frame rate, allowing for tremendous flexibility.
 Competing solutions only transcode a limited set of audio algorithms and none
 of the other parameters, significantly decreasing the reliability of the call
 connection.
     "By supporting a wide range of endpoints and industry standards, the
 Accord GW-25 Gateway continues to provide a versatile and uniquely flexible
 platform for empowering rich media communications," said Philip Keenan, senior
 vice president and general manager for Polycom's Network Systems Group. "By
 enabling seamless interoperability between H.320 and H.323 endpoints in a
 point-to-point call, the Accord GW-25 Gateway facilitates migration from
 conventional circuit-switched networks to IP networks for rich media
 communications."
     The Accord GW-25 Gateway is a popular choice for commercial enterprises,
 educational institutions and federal government organizations because it
 negotiates with existing firewalls to offer stringent security.
     Incorporating firewall proxy technology to ensure security, the Accord
 GW-25 Gateway is based on the carrier-class, flexible architecture of the
 Accord line of network products that includes conference bridges, gateways and
 management solutions that empower rich media communications over IP, ATM and
 ISDN networks.
     Thousands of legacy circuit-switch voice and video endpoints are deployed
 in major corporations, healthcare and educational networks. Network managers
 and service providers offering rich media communications services for
 corporate communications, training, telemedicine and distance learning need a
 solution that allows them to maximize their investment by incorporating
 existing legacy systems into their IP networks. The Accord GW-25 Gateway was
 specifically designed to address this problem.
     The Accord GW-25 Gateway functionality is also available for existing
 installations of the Accord MGC-100(TM) Multipoint Control Unit, the flagship
 product of the Accord Product Line, providing investment protection for
 current Accord product installations looking to provide seamless
 point-to-point gateway services.
     The Accord GW-25 Gateway will be demonstrated at E-Learning Conference
 & Expo, April 17-20, 2001, Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC, at
 the Polycom Network Systems booth 305, Upper Level, Hall B.
 
     About Polycom
     Located in Milpitas, Calif., in the heart of Silicon Valley, Polycom, Inc.
 develops, manufactures and markets a full range of high-quality, easy-to-use
 and affordable voice and video communication endpoints and network
 infrastructure and access solutions. Polycom's integrated communication
 solutions enable business users to immediately realize the benefits of video,
 voice and data over rapidly growing converged networks. For additional
 information, call 800-POLYCOM (765-9266) or 408-526-9000, or visit the Polycom
 web site at www.polycom.com.
 
     About the Accord product line
     The Accord product line is the leading video and voice network product
 line for the converged network and includes a line of network infrastructure
 servers that empower Rich Media Communications over IP, ATM, and
 circuit-switched network environments. Additional information about the Accord
 family of products may be found at www.accordnetworks.com.
 
     NOTE:  Polycom and the Polycom logo are registered trademarks of Polycom
 in the U.S. and various countries.
 
 

SOURCE Polycom, Inc.
    WASHINGTON, E-Learning Expo, April 17 /PRNewswire/ --
 Polycom(R), Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM), a worldwide leader in broadband communication
 solutions, today announced that Polycom's Network Systems Group will
 demonstrate its Accord GW-25 Gateway product at the E-Learning Conference and
 Expo (formerly TeleCon East) April 17-20 in Washington, D.C (Booth 305). The
 gateway allows users to seamlessly communicate via voice and video between
 IP-based networks and traditional circuit-switch networks such as T-1, E-1 and
 ISDN.
     The Accord GW-25 Gateway is the only system that transcodes all of the
 capabilities of different audio and video endpoints, including audio and video
 algorithms, line rate and frame rate, allowing for tremendous flexibility.
 Competing solutions only transcode a limited set of audio algorithms and none
 of the other parameters, significantly decreasing the reliability of the call
 connection.
     "By supporting a wide range of endpoints and industry standards, the
 Accord GW-25 Gateway continues to provide a versatile and uniquely flexible
 platform for empowering rich media communications," said Philip Keenan, senior
 vice president and general manager for Polycom's Network Systems Group. "By
 enabling seamless interoperability between H.320 and H.323 endpoints in a
 point-to-point call, the Accord GW-25 Gateway facilitates migration from
 conventional circuit-switched networks to IP networks for rich media
 communications."
     The Accord GW-25 Gateway is a popular choice for commercial enterprises,
 educational institutions and federal government organizations because it
 negotiates with existing firewalls to offer stringent security.
     Incorporating firewall proxy technology to ensure security, the Accord
 GW-25 Gateway is based on the carrier-class, flexible architecture of the
 Accord line of network products that includes conference bridges, gateways and
 management solutions that empower rich media communications over IP, ATM and
 ISDN networks.
     Thousands of legacy circuit-switch voice and video endpoints are deployed
 in major corporations, healthcare and educational networks. Network managers
 and service providers offering rich media communications services for
 corporate communications, training, telemedicine and distance learning need a
 solution that allows them to maximize their investment by incorporating
 existing legacy systems into their IP networks. The Accord GW-25 Gateway was
 specifically designed to address this problem.
     The Accord GW-25 Gateway functionality is also available for existing
 installations of the Accord MGC-100(TM) Multipoint Control Unit, the flagship
 product of the Accord Product Line, providing investment protection for
 current Accord product installations looking to provide seamless
 point-to-point gateway services.
     The Accord GW-25 Gateway will be demonstrated at E-Learning Conference
 & Expo, April 17-20, 2001, Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC, at
 the Polycom Network Systems booth 305, Upper Level, Hall B.
 
     About Polycom
     Located in Milpitas, Calif., in the heart of Silicon Valley, Polycom, Inc.
 develops, manufactures and markets a full range of high-quality, easy-to-use
 and affordable voice and video communication endpoints and network
 infrastructure and access solutions. Polycom's integrated communication
 solutions enable business users to immediately realize the benefits of video,
 voice and data over rapidly growing converged networks. For additional
 information, call 800-POLYCOM (765-9266) or 408-526-9000, or visit the Polycom
 web site at www.polycom.com.
 
     About the Accord product line
     The Accord product line is the leading video and voice network product
 line for the converged network and includes a line of network infrastructure
 servers that empower Rich Media Communications over IP, ATM, and
 circuit-switched network environments. Additional information about the Accord
 family of products may be found at www.accordnetworks.com.
 
     NOTE:  Polycom and the Polycom logo are registered trademarks of Polycom
 in the U.S. and various countries.
 
 SOURCE  Polycom, Inc.