NATO INFORMATION ASSURANCE AND CYBER DEFENCE SYMPOSIUM – Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq:PLCM), the global leader in open, standards-based unified communications and collaboration (UC&C), today announced that its Polycom® RealPresence® Platform is serving as the backbone of a secure video collaboration environment for members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the alliance of 28 countries from Europe and North America focused on defense, security, and crisis management.
NATO representatives from around the world are gathering this week at NIAS 2013 in Mons, Belgium, where Polycom is demonstrating how defense, diplomatic, and medical organizations are successfully collaborating face-to-face without compromising information security and assurance. The Polycom(R) Open Telepresence Experience (OTX) immersive environment (pictured here) is one of the many video collaboration solutions on display at the conference. (Photo: Business Wire)
Polycom will demonstrate the universal collaboration capabilities of the RealPresence Platform, along with other video collaboration solutions, at the NATO Information Assurance and Cyber Defence Symposium (NIAS 2013) from Sept. 17 to 19 in Mons, Belgium.
Through a NATO contract awarded to Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), Polycom has become the video collaboration platform of choice for NATO employees and delegates who regularly meet face-to-face to confidentially negotiate diplomatic missions, organize humanitarian interventions, and plan NATO Response Force actions wherever NATO members are threatened. In the process, NATO is streamlining decision making and communication across broadly diverse cultures, saving hours or days of travel time for meeting participants, and reducing costs by replacing in-person travel with video meetings.
SAIC is installing Polycom RealPresence Platform components in all major NATO locations throughout Europe and North America. NATO’s stringent security requirements, combined with the need to communicate using a wide variety of legacy systems from multiple vendors, made the Polycom RealPresence Platform a natural choice to underpin the NATO collaboration environment. Polycom solutions are known for their strong security protections and open standards-based interoperability.
“Accurate and clear communication is essential when representatives from 28 different countries and cultures are weighing issues central to their collective defense, yet those communications must be trusted and reliable to mitigate the security risks posed by new ways of working,” said Gus Mommers, Center Head, Conference Management Services at the NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency. “At NIAS 2013, NATO’s IT community will learn how to modernize our IT infrastructure in ways that preserve information assurance. The solutions demonstrated here by SAIC and Polycom – many of which are already in use throughout NATO – are an important part of that information assurance landscape.”
Network managers can use the same Polycom RealPresence Video Collaboration Server to accommodate both the highly secure “NATO Secret” classification for confidential communications and “NATO Unclassified” for less sensitive meetings, such as resource planning, cost-effective training, or other essential daily business. Using Polycom’s firewall traversal solutions, network administrators can enable desktop or mobile video users to join meetings without putting NATO’s network at risk.
A scheduling application built with myVRM, a Polycom/ SAIC Technology Partner, allows authorized users to schedule video meetings based on the security classification of the rooms and endpoints available at a given time. Polycom’s interoperability with Microsoft Lync, used widely throughout NATO, also makes it easy for Microsoft Lync users to launch or join a video meeting and upgrade on the fly from a voice call to a video call.
Other features unique to Polycom, such as the ability to generate closed captioning, help ensure NATO members can always effectively communicate, even if some participants are hearing-impaired or require captions to fully understand what is being said. NATO also accelerates decision-making by sharing content across Polycom systems.
“NATO’s work requires cooperation and collaboration, so the ability to meet face-to-face anywhere, anytime is a strategic advantage,” said Mark Escobar, SAIC Department of Defense Agencies and Commands Group senior vice president. “Polycom solutions met NATO’s requirements for security, interoperability, and ease of use. Combined with the scheduling system, the Polycom collaboration environment allows NATO to focus on the work at hand, and not on the technology needed to do it.”
“Whether engaged in peacekeeping, humanitarian missions, or military response in some of the world’s most dangerous locations, NATO stands up for people who all want the same thing: peace, security, and well-being,” said Tony D’Angelo, vice president, Federal Operations at Polycom. “We’re proud SAIC chose Polycom to help NATO deliver on that mission.”
Polycom Demonstrations and Information Assurance Workshop
Polycom and SAIC will demonstrate several real-world applications of its secure video collaboration capabilities at the NATO Information Assurance and Cyber Defence Symposium. Using an immersive Polycom® Open Telepresence Experience (OTX) environment, located in the Polycom/SAIC Booth #L16, Polycom experts will participate remotely via live video collaboration from the United States and the United Kingdom. The companies will brief visitors on integrated virtual training programs, healthcare applications such as medical emergency response and remote patient consults, justice services including expert testimonies delivered to courtrooms, among other scenarios. Polycom will also stream the event via its Polycom® RealPresence® Video Content Management Solutions.
In addition, at 2 p.m. Central European Time Wednesday, Sept. 18, Polycom Co-founder Jeffrey Rodman will host a workshop exploring how Polycom unified video collaboration solutions address information assurance concerns across a range of mission-critical applications. For information about the symposium, visit www.nias2013.com.
Polycom is the global leader in open, standards-based unified communications and collaboration (UC&C) solutions for voice and video collaboration, trusted by more than 415,000 customers around the world. Polycom solutions are powered by the Polycom® RealPresence® Platform, comprehensive software infrastructure and rich APIs that interoperate with the broadest set of communication, business, mobile and cloud applications and devices to deliver secure face-to-face video collaboration in any environment. Polycom and its ecosystem of over 7,000 partners provide truly unified communications solutions that deliver the best user experience, highest multi-vendor interoperability, and lowest TCO. Visit www.polycom.com or connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to learn how we’re pushing the greatness of human collaboration forward.
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Brianna Woon, +1 408-586-4072
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