U.S. Army National Guard Expands Polycom Voice and Video Network as Part of Communications Modernization Plan
PLEASANTON, Calif. â€“ June 29, 2004 â€“ PolycomÂ®, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM), a leader in unified collaborative communications solutions, today announced that the United States National Guard Bureau, working through federal systems contractor Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), has awarded Polycom reseller AGT the contract for equipping 32 of its Joint Forces Headquarters (JFHQ) offices with Polycomâ€™s MGCâ„¢ multipoint control units (MCUs). This implementation of 32 new MGC-50 and MGC-100 conference bridges, combined with the existing 22 MGC systems already deployed within the National Guard, will complete the deployment of the MGC platform in all 54 JFHQ locations. Polycomâ€™s robust MGC platform is enabling Unified Collaborative Communication today for the Guard by facilitating voice and video calls with multiple participants and among mixed IP and ISDN networks, both domestically and overseas. In addition, thanks to its inherent scalability, the MGC line is able to meet the agencies needs as its video network grows.
â€œThe National Guard Bureau is in the process of modernizing its communications capabilities to optimize response time and readiness, and the ability to facilitate and participate in multipoint voice and video calls across multiple networks is vital to meet this goal,â€ said Susan Dix of the Joint Staff Architecture Branch of the National Guard. â€œWeâ€™ve been impressed with the high quality and reliability of Polycomâ€™s video conferencing systems and found that its MGC solutions offer the same, as well as the ability to natively bridge across multiple IP and ISDN networks.â€
Earlier this year, the National Guard equipped the offices of its 54 adjutant generals with Polycom ViewStationÂ® video conferencing systems, adding to its extensive nationwide Polycom video network. The addition of Polycomâ€™s MGC MCUs allows the National Guard to connect with multiple participants in both voice and video calls for applications like training, operations, state emergency response and morale and welfare programs for deployed troops. The MGC MCUs also enable gateway communications across multiple IP and ISDN networks, so the National Guard is able to easily connect with existing systems in both internal and external organizations from universities and hospitals all over the world, to the US Governorsâ€™ offices and the Pentagon.
â€œPolycomâ€™s MGC conferencing solutions lead the industry in high-quality multipoint and gateway conferencing support and it is the strength of the MGC platform that will carry us into the future,â€ said Barry Morris, vice president of Polycom Federal Systems. â€œCombined with the MGCâ€™s flexible architecture, Polycomâ€™s network conferencing technology is positioned well to meet the requirements of customers like the Army National Guard and it is extremely gratifying to work with the organization as it expands its Polycom voice and video communications network.â€
SAIC is happy to once again be working with the National Guard to further its modernization efforts through the deployment of innovative voice and video conferencing solutions,â€ said Lisa Daniels, vice president with SAIC. â€œPolycomâ€™s conference bridging systems are ideally suited to help the National Guard meet its mission-critical objectives for facilitating conferencing both at the state and federal levels.â€
SAIC is the largest employee-owned research and engineering company in the United States, providing information technology, systems integration and eSolutions to commercial and government customers. SAIC engineers and scientists work to solve complex technical problems in national and homeland security, energy, the environment, space, telecommunications, health care, and logistics. With annual revenues of $6.7 billion, SAIC and its subsidiaries, including Telcordia Technologies, have more than 43,000 employees at offices in more than 150 cities worldwide. More information about SAIC can be found at http://www.saic.com/.
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