Polycom® RealPresence® Video Powers The Tech Awards 2012, Engaging Entrepreneurs, Visionaries and Humanitarians from Around

  Polycom® RealPresence® Video Powers The Tech Awards 2012, Engaging
  Entrepreneurs, Visionaries and Humanitarians from Around the Globe in Live,
  Face-to-Face Dialog

Business Wire

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- November 13, 2012

Polycom, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLCM), the global leader in open standards-based
unified communications and collaboration (UC&C), announced today it is
delivering Polycom® RealPresence® HD video collaboration solutions to power
live face-to-face dialog between past laureates winners and the host of the
event at The Tech Awards 2012 Gala in Santa Clara, Calif. on November 15, an
annual event recognizing entrepreneurs who are using technology to benefit
humanity. Polycom has been actively involved with The Tech Awards program
since its inception in 2001, and 2012 marks the fifth consecutive year Polycom
has served as the exclusive Global Communications Sponsor of the program.

Polycom’s video collaboration solutions, powered by the Polycom® RealPresence®
Platform, will bring two past award laureates "on stage" via HD video to
provide updates on their progress since winning the award. Laureates Abhishek
Sinha, co-founder and CEO of Eko India Financial Services Private Limited, and
Howard Weinstein, founder and CEO of Solar Ear (provider of solar-powered
hearing aids to the hearing impaired in impoverished areas), will join the
event from Polycom's New Delhi and Sao Paolo Executive Experience Centers,
respectively, for a conversation with Master of Ceremonies Hari Sreenivasan,
Correspondent, Director of Digital Partnerships for PBS Newshour, who will be
in-person at The Tech Awards Gala. Polycom President and CEO Andy Miller will
also address the Gala audience during the evening.

"We are honored to help bring Mr. Sinha and Mr. Weinstein to The Tech Awards
Gala through the power of video conferencing," said Miller. "The visionaries
and humanitarians being honored at The Tech Awards are proof that the true
impact of innovation is realized when technology is creatively applied to
solving some of the world’s greatest challenges. At Polycom, our vision is to
help make video collaboration ubiquitous, enabling hundreds of millions of
people to easily use video to communicate and collaborate from anywhere, on
any device. Polycom innovations are eliminating the distance between people so
that these laureates can have face-to-face dialog with the audience to share
their experiences and successes."

“By using the power of technology, Polycom is able to bring two worlds
together in real time and share with gala attendees the deeply important,
inspirational work of our laureates,” said The Tech Museum of Innovation
President Tim Ritchie. “Polycom’s commitment to The Tech Awards is highly
valued by us and the laureates who work tirelessly around the globe to solve
some of the world’s most stubborn problems.”

The Polycom technology used in the live gala video conference includes:

  *The Polycom Open Telepresence Experience (OTX) series of room telepresence
    systems, which delivers vibrant life-like video, audio and content
    collaboration in a modern, immersive environment.
  *The Polycom® RealPresence® Platform, the most comprehensive and
    interoperable software infrastructure for universal video collaboration,
    providing robust provisioning, management, scalability, reliability,
    flexibility, and security. The RealPresence Platform’s unsurpassed support
    for interoperability transforms islands of fragmented communications
    systems into a seamless video enterprise, which makes enterprise-grade
    video easily and securely accessible to all authorized participants
    whether they're mobile, remote, or on-site. In early October, Polycom
    announced powerful enhancements to the RealPresence Platform, including
    the industry’s first open standards-based SVC (Scalable Video Coding),
    with 3X HD multipoint video call capacity for greater scalability,
    dramatically lower TCO, superior performance, and backwards- and
    forwards-compatibility to protect customer investments.

About The Tech Awards

The Tech Awards, presented by Applied Materials, is a signature program of The
Tech Museum. The international program recognizes laureates in five
categories: Environment, Economic Development, Education, Equality, and
Health. An individual is also honored as a James C. Morgan Global
Humanitarian, which recognizes those whose broad vision and leadership help to
alleviate humanity's greatest challenges. This year’s recipient is Indian
entrepreneur and philanthropist N.R. Narayana Murthy. Past recipients include
philanthropist and social entrepreneur Jeff Skoll, education and
cross-cultural dialogue advocate Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, Nobel
Laureate and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, Microsoft co-founder Bill
Gates and Applied's Chairman Emeritus James C. Morgan, who inspired the award.

The Tech Awards program was launched in November 2000, and The Tech Awards
Gala was held in 2001 for the first time. Since the inception of The Tech
Awards program, 257 laureates have been recognized. Their pioneering work has
included designing earthquake-resistant construction technology to creating a
heat-sensitive label for vaccine vials to make sure children receive potent
immunizations to building a simple, low-cost, mobile phone-based device that
allows remote monitoring and operation of irrigation pumps.

About The Tech Museum of Innovation

The Tech is a hands-on technology and science museum for people of all ages
and backgrounds. The museum—located in the Capital of Silicon Valley —is a
non-profit, experiential learning resource established to engage people in
exploring and experiencing applied technologies affecting their lives. Through
programs such as The Tech Challenge presented by Cisco, our annual team-design
competition for youth, and internationally renowned programs such as The Tech
Awards presented by Applied Materials, The Tech endeavors to inspire the
innovator in everyone.

About Polycom

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. Visitwww.polycom.comor connect with us onTwitter,Facebook,
andLinkedInto learn how we're pushing the greatness of human collaboration
forward.

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Contact:

Polycom, Inc.
Ryan Batty, +1 408-586-4467
ryan.batty@polycom.com
 
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