Attempting to capitalize on the growing need for reliable audio and video equipment in huddle rooms – the intimate meeting spaces that bring together handfuls of employees – Polycom has introduced RealPresence Debut and is now bringing that combination of hardware and software to more markets across the globe.
At first launch back in October 2015, the debut of Debut brought the company’s combination camera and audio transmitter/receiver to the small business market. This hardware provides high-definition video at 1080p and can pan, tilt, and zoom while utilizing the company’s noise-canceling algorithm, NoiseBlock. All together, the release was meant to provide an affordable and easy-to-use videoconferencing product to businesses with limited means. Ashan Willy, the senior vice president of product management at Polycom, has more:
“With some 30 to 50 million huddle rooms today, there is a strong need for high quality collaboration solutions for smaller organizations that deliver the same impactful collaboration experiences as in larger organizations and larger conference rooms,” Willy said.
“The Polycom RealPresence Debut solution provides small and medium-sized businesses around the globe the capability to outfit these rooms with an exceptional collaboration experience at an affordable price,” Willy continued.
That statement about this videoconferencing equipment being available around the globe has never been more real. Now beyond that initial release, Polycom is slowly rolling out Debut in much of North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. New countries are slowly finding their way onto the list and finding the conferencing hardware in their meeting rooms.
The Debut camera can allow for more than inter-office video capture. It can bring together remote employees by making use of the RealPresence Cloud that offers a connection to a centralized server from any location with an Internet connection. This way, employees from multiple company branches or those who work from home or anyone on the road can participate in important meetings. Managers can connect the entire unit with just two cords; from there, a connection to the cloud and to other employees takes no longer than turning on the device.
For any companies that have found similar products too expensive to adopt or too difficult to use, Debut will try to cater to their needs. Polycom notes that it was created with limited resources in mind and that it tries to recreate an experience users would receive with much more verbose components. Willy noted at this year’s ITEXPO that only about four percent of workplace collaboration spaces contain video equipment but that it would be natural for enterprises to adopt equipment that feels natural. The Debut wants to be that natural-feeling product that shoots the four percent figure upward.