Polycom CX5000 and Lync Room System

During a recent demo of the Lync Room System (LRS), we had a request from a customer to test the system with a Polycom CX5000. The LRS typically has a fixed camera mounted either at the top or bottom between the two screens, this gives a great view of the meeting room but does mean the presenter goes out of camera shot when they are presenting content. The idea was that by plugging the CX5000 roundtable into the LRS and placing the device on the meeting room table, it would give remote participants the familiar 360 degree view of attendees around the table but would also track the presenter and keep them in shot whilst working with content at the screen. This customer has a large investment in CX5000’s and see the coupling of the roundtable and LRS as an ideal solution for their use. So what happened when we unplugged the standard USB camera and plugged in the CX5000? In short, it simply appeared to work. As seen in the shots below, panoramic video was displayed on the LRS video screen, the system accurately tracked and displayed the active speaker and a new button appeared on the LRS control tablet enabling panoramic video to be turned on and off. The system was used throughout the demo and worked flawlessly. At the end we simply unplugged the CX5000, plugged the standard camera in and returned to the standard configuration. We’ve been expecting to see this functionality in the Polycom Lync Room System release but interesting to know it works with systems already shipping. Currently we’re not clear what the...

Lync 2013 Interoperability with Polycom HDX

Following the recent release of firmware for the Polycom HDX range, devices such as the HDX7000 now fully support Lync 2013. This release had been eagerly awaited by a number of our customers who have installed Lync 2013 and were waiting for the opportunity to integrate their Polycom room based systems. (Interestingly one Lync installation we performed recently was done primarily to extend the reach of the HDX so it could be used to screen international job candidates  remotely. The interview panel sit in the conference room in Cambridge interviewing remote candidates who join the conference as an anonymous user using the web client on a PC or Mac.) With the release of firmware 3.12 we upgraded our demo HDX and spent the last couple of weeks showcasing it to customers – with universal praise for the ease of use and clean integration we have created a few quick videos to highlight the main points Note, the HDX is running firmware 3.12 which is the first version to support Lync 2013, previous versions supported Lync 2010. The HDX 7000 has an active RTV licence which is required for Lync functionality The first video shows how simple it is to invite the HDX to a conference organised in Outlook The next video then shows how simple it is to join the conference from the HDX, simply walk into the VC room, go into the calendar and click on the pre-arranged meeting – whilst demoing this I have gone as far as half a dozen attendees on the call with a mix of PC, Mac, Ipad clients – the HDX shows...