Polycom Revolutionizes Distance Learning With New ClassStation Package — Complete Distance Learning Video Communications Packages Set New Standard For Ease of Use and Affordability

October 17, 2001

Polycom®, Inc. announced its ClassStation™ interactive video communications packages for distance-learning environments. These packages integrate all of the software and hardware components integral to a comprehensive video communications-enabled classroom into one easy-to-install and easy-to-use system. Polycom will demonstrate its ClassStation package at Telecon Expo, October 23-25, 2001 at the Anaheim, Calif. Convention Center (Booth #1201).

“Distance learning has grown tremendously over the past few years, extending beyond the traditional K-12 classroom setting into business, tele-health, continuing education and training applications of all kinds,” said Craig Malloy, senior vice president and general manager of video communications for Polycom. “Our new ClassStation package is a complete, integrated videoconferencing solution that allows instructors to focus on teaching, instead of on technology. It successfully combines all of the features critical to distance-learning success — ease of use, high quality and affordability.”

The ClassStation package is based on Polycom’s industry-leading VS4000 rack-mounted group video communications system, already widely deployed in custom-room environments. Designed with direct input from active distance-learning users, ClassStation is available in three different packages, small, medium and large to accommodate a wide range of distance-learning classroom needs. In addition, the packages feature CamCommand, which enables automatic switching from the instructor camera to the student camera when a student microphone is activated — a functionality that is the most automatic and transparent in the industry. The packages also include touch-to-talk microphones that, when activated, pan, tilt, zoom and focus the student camera on the speaking student.

Small ClassStation Features

  • VS 4000 Platform with Polycom remote control user network interface

  • Two 32″ S-Video monitors

  • Six touch-to-talk microphones.

  • Two Polycom Digital Microphones

  • One room camera with wide angle lens

  • MicCommand 12 port audio mixer

  • Two 44″ high locking cabinets

  • One Center Channels Speaker

  • Special wire control on all with 35 Watt Amp cabinets

  • CamCommand for camera and microphone control

Medium ClassStation Features

  • VS 4000 Platform Polycom remote control user with network interface

  • Three 32″ S-Video monitors

  • Eight touch-to-talk microphones

  • 2 Polycom Digital Microphones

  • Two room cameras with wide angle lens

  • MicCommand 12 port audio mixer

  • Three 44″ high locking cabinets

  • Three Center Channels

  • Special wire control on all Speakers with 35 Watt Amp cabinets

  • CamCommand for camera

  • Document Camera with built-in -Scan and microphone control Converter

Large ClassStation Features

  • VS 4000 Platform with AMX system control including network interface sizeable color video window

  • Mimio Electronic Board

  • Two 32″ S-Video monitors and electronics

  • One 32″ XGA monitor

  • One 15″ VGA monitor

  • Eight touch-to-talk microphones

  • Two room cameras

  • 8 port audio mixer

  • Three 44″ high locking cabinets

  • Document camera

  • 2 Scan Converters

  • Two Video Scalers

  • Special wire control on all cabinets

  • Special Integrated Three Center Channels Speakers with Instructor Podium 35 Watt Amp

  • VCR for playback or record controlled by the AMX system controller

Pricing and Availability

All of Polycom’s ClassStation packages are now available in North America through the company’s extensive network of channel partners.

Pricing is as follows:

  • Small ClassStation – MSRP $32,250 US

  • Medium ClassStation – MSRP $46,250.00 US

  • Large ClassStation – MSRP $62,500 US

About Polycom

Polycom, Inc. develops, manufactures and markets a full range of high-quality, easy-to-use and affordable voice and video communication endpoints, video management software, multi-network gateways, and multi-point conferencing and network 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 +1-408-526-9000, or visit the Polycom web site at www.polycom.com.