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May 18, 2009
Polycom Supports Las Vegas Trade Show with VoWLAN Service

Polycom (News - Alert), Inc. knows how important it is for businesses to stay in touch. So it’s continuing to offer voice over wireless local area network (VoWLAN) services at Interop (News - Alert) Las Vegas this week.

The Pleasanton, California-based telepresence, video, and voice solutions provider will offer a telephony voice over IP (VoIP) solution featuring the company’s HD Voice line of SoundPoint and SoundStation IP phones and its SpectraLink 8000 Services wireless handsets, pictured below.
This is the third consecutive year that Polycom has been the telephony sponsor for the InteropNet show. Interop Las Vegas, which runs through May 21 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, focuses on the interoperability of converged networks.
"For the past three years, Polycom has provided us with voice communication solutions that work in one of the most adverse and diverse environments you are going to find,” said Geoff Horne, architect for the InteropNet, in a statement. “Polycom's commitment to standards-based solutions has allowed us to deploy their endpoints regardless of who provides the call server and wireless network, and this level of interoperability is exactly what the InteropNet is about.” 
Polycom, Inc. deploys telephony voice over IP (VoIP) featuring its HD Voiced line of IP phones and SpectraLink 8000 Service wireless handsets, pictured below. According to a company announcement, Polycom is launching Release 3.0 for its SpectraLink 8020 and 8030 wireless telephones, which offers expanded VoIP interoperability with session initiation protocol platforms from Nortel, NEC and ShoreTel (News - Alert).
The release will give users support for standards-based QoS and security protocols, in addition to Cisco (News - Alert) Compatible Extensions, Polycom said. Users can take advantage of enhanced security mechanisms, in addition to voice prioritization, power management, and admission control.

"Both Polycom and SpectraLink have a rich history for embracing openness and interoperability," said Ben Guderian, vice president of wireless vertical solutions at Polycom, in a statement. "By combining forces, we are meeting the needs of the rapidly growing enterprise IP telephony market in a way that allows our customers to choose best-of-breed solutions regardless of their communications platform and network infrastructure.”
SpectraLink, which is now a part of Polycom, first launched its NetLink Wi-Fi handsets in 1999 at the Networld+Interop Las Vegas show. Since then, it has led the evolving VoWLAN market with new products and features.
Polycom’s visibility with its media phone business is growing. As TMC reported earlier today, Polycom’s VVX 1500 C phone system is now certified interoperable with Cisco’s Unified Communications Manager versions 6.1 and 7.0 by tekVizion (News - Alert), an independent third-party lab.

Edited by Amy Tierney

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