Polycom Ships Pathnavigator, Simplifying Video Communications Deployment,Management And Use
MILPITAS, Calif. March 19, 2002 Polycom® Inc. (NASDAQ: PLCM),
a worldwide leader in the convergence of interactive voice, video and data communications,
today announced the general availability of Polycom PathNavigator (PathNavigator),
the revolutionary call-processing server application that simplifies the deployment,
management and use of interactive video communications over both IP and ISDN
networks. PathNavigator, with the Polycom OneDial feature, greatly simplifies
the use of video communications, including the process of making point-to-point
and multipoint calls across single and multi-network environments. Additionally,
for IT administrators, it provides them with greater control over how video
communications operates on their network, and its functionality can significantly
reduce costs, and improve reliability.
Polycom will demonstrate PathNavigator at the FOSE government trade show, March
19-21 at the Washington D.C. Convention Center Booth #1450.
Polycom PathNavigator delivers the ease of use, control, and reliability
that customers have been asking for, and that only Polycom can provide,
said Gary Alt, vice president and general manager of network solutions at Polycom.
Over 25,000 seat registrants for PathNavigator were ordered prior to our
first shipment. It has been installed at numerous organizations in a cross section
of commercial, education, and government accounts, including Indiana University
and China Unicom.
Polycom PathNavigator eliminates the complexity of video communications,
making the systems much more accessible and easy for our users, and giving our
systems administrators the tools to maintain control over our IP network environment,
said Brian Voss, associate vice president for telecommunications at Indiana
University, a beta customer of the new PathNavigator software. The Polycom
OneDial and Conference-On-Demand features of PathNavigator have greatly simplified
scheduling and managing multipoint conferences, which can be time-consuming
and resource-intensive in a large environment like ours. In addition, PathNavigators
detailed diagnostic, logging and reporting capabilities have significantly enhanced
our ability to troubleshoot problems in the network, and its web-based management
interface is robust and full-featured.
Indiana University uses Polycom systems exclusively for its IP-based (H.323)
video communications needs and has deployed a complete, end-to-end videoconferencing
solution for distance learning, research support and university administration.
The university uses Polycoms ViewStation® and ViewStation FX group
video communications systems, ViaVideo desktop video appliances, MGC-100
multipoint control units and the Global Management System software for
managing its video communications network.
About Polycom PathNavigator
Available now, Polycom PathNavigator is a call processing server that runs on
Windows NT or Windows 2000 servers and works in conjunction with Polycoms
Global Management System. The heart of PathNavigator is an exclusive Intelligent
Network Routing Engine, which combines provisioning, gatekeeper functionality,
addressing and routing functions into a single product for IP and ISDN video
calls. It includes call routing features such as least-cost routing and alternate
routing to optimize calls for lowest cost and best quality, seamlessly to end-users.
Its policy-based call routing with network topology knowledge gives IT managers
control over their video communications bandwidth and costs.
With a wide diversity of video products available today, PathNavigator is designed
to interoperate with virtually any video endpoint, gateway, gatekeeper or MCU
regardless of manufacturer. However, when using PathNavigator in conjunction
with a Polycom MCU, iPower, ViewStation or ViaVideo, setup and multipoint
communications work seamlessly. PathNavigator can register with third-party
gatekeepers, such as the Cisco Multimedia Conference Manager (MCM).
Polycom PathNavigator introduces a range of industry-first functionality, including:
- Polycom OneDialTM enables users to easily place calls without complex
codes. Polycom OneDial hides all the complicated numbers, prefixes, area and
country codes, network choices (IP or ISDN) and other steps that are actually
processed behind the scenes to complete the call. Users simply select a name
from a directory or dial just like a telephone.
- Conference-On-Demand enables on-demand multi-point conference calls,
thus turning any Polycom endpoint into a multipoint system, when used in conjunction
with the Polycom MGC-100 MCU.
- Automatic Least-Cost Routing/Alternate Routing enables the administrator
to pre-define the least-cost routes between all network locations. PathNavigator
uses this data to seamlessly route calls based on network availability or
the most cost-effective route and to use alternate ISDN networks when primary
IP call routes are not available.
- Telephony Features users can forward video calls to their voicemail
or cell phone when unavailable or if the line is busy. PathNavigator also
has video call center capabilities with simple endpoint control to add or
remove the endpoint from a hunt group.
- Policy Management enables administrators to create policy management
parameters to control bandwidth through segments of their video network, apply
network policies and provide access to resources based on individual, group
or corporate-wide settings.
- Auto Provisioning allows automatic provisioning of DID (ISDN) and
E.164 numbers for automated deployment of video endpoints.
- Increased Security PathNavigator can flag or deny call attempts from
unregistered endpoints according to administrator criteria. Administrators
can also keep NAT IP addresses confidential, preventing internal IP addresses
from being accessed or sent outside the enterprise.
Pricing and Availability
Polycom PathNavigator is available worldwide now through Polycoms extensive
channel partner network for a manufacturers suggested resale price (MSRP)
of US $9,999 to $49,999, depending on the number of concurrent users.
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. Its fully integrated end-to-end solution, The Polycom Office,
is supported by the Polycom Accelerated Communications Architecture, and enables
business users to immediately realize the benefits of integrated video, voice
and data over rapidly growing converged networks. For additional information,
call 1-800-POLYCOM (765-9266) or +1-408-526-9000, or visit the Polycom web site
About Indiana University
Indiana University is one of the oldest state universities in the Midwest and
also one of the largest universities in the United States, with more than 110,000
students, faculty, and staff on eight campuses. IU has a growing national and
international reputation in the areas of information technology and advanced
high performance networking. For more information, visit www.indiana.edu.
Polycom, the Polycom logo and ViewStation are registered trademarks
and Polycom PathNavigator, ViaVideo, iPower, Global Management System, Polycom
OneDial, Polycom Office and MGC-100 are trademarks of Polycom in the U.S. and
various countries. ©2002, Polycom, Inc. All rights reserved.