SimpleSignal Offers New Cloud-Delivered Video Service Powered by Polycom® RealPresence® Platform Software

  SimpleSignal Offers New Cloud-Delivered Video Service Powered by Polycom®
  RealPresence® Platform Software

 Polycom enables SimpleSignal to offer universal video collaboration from the
    cloud that is interoperable with a broad range of standards-based and
                   proprietary video conferencing products

Business Wire

DANA POINT, Calif. & SAN JOSE, Calif. -- January 29, 2013

SimpleSignal, a leading cloud-based unified communications and collaboration
(UC&C) provider for business, and Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM), the global
leader in open standards-based unified communications and collaboration
(UC&C), today announced a strategic agreement to provide Video-as-a-Service
(VaaS) offerings by combining the Polycom® RealPresence® Platform software
infrastructure with SimpleSignal’s cloud-based unified communications
platform. By powering its new SimpleMeetup Video service with the RealPresence
Platform – the most comprehensive and interoperable software infrastructure
for universal video collaboration – SimpleSignal is taking advantage of
Polycom’s broad open standards-based inoperability to make it possible for
employees, partners, and customers to collaborate face-to-face across multiple
platforms and devices without worrying about whether the service and systems
will work together.

”We believe video is the new voice when it comes to effective communication
and collaboration,” said Dave Gilbert, CEO of SimpleSignal. “Face-to-face
communication is natural, while blind phone conversations are not. Video
communication changes everything whether it’s a one-on-one conversation or a
video conference with a large team. The combination of Polycom’s RealPresence
Platform software infrastructure and SimpleSignal’s cloud can now make this
experience simple, practical and affordable for companies of all sizes.”

“Collaboration is becoming one of the most common services in the cloud, and
the Polycom RealPresence Platform is the software infrastructure of choice for
a growing number of service providers offering Video-as-a-Service,” said Gary
Testa, Global Vice President, Cloud and Service Providers at Polycom.
“Combining Polycom’s secure, reliable, and highly scalable software
infrastructure with SimpleSignal’s service offers low operating costs,
reliable access, and ease-of-use. With the Polycom RealPresence Platform,
SimpleSignal can connect virtually any device, whether standards-based or
proprietary, resulting in powerful ROI for customers.”

SimpleMeetup Video, powered by Polycom, is SimpleSignal’s anytime, on-demand,
HD-quality video as a service offering for two to 100 participants. The
cloud-delivered video service complements SimpleSignal’s existing phone
service and can be used on its own or in conjunction with the phone service.
Service plans start at $199 per month per virtual meeting room, with no
per-minute or per-user charges and no on-premises MCU required. Users simply
dial into their own video conference bridge to begin a meeting.

Because of Polycom’s support for open standards and interoperability, the
service not only works on Polycom solutions but with a wide variety of video
equipment and devices using TIP, SIP, SVC or H.323 protocols (including
devices from vendors such as Lifesize, Tandberg, Cisco, and more). The service
supports multi-purpose room-based systems (such as the Polycom® HDX® series or
Polycom Group series), video desk phones (including the Polycom® VVX® 1500
business media phone), soft clients used on laptops and desktops (such as the
Polycom® RealPresence® Desktop 2.0 software), and mobile solutions on
smartphones and tablets (including the Polycom® RealPresence® Mobile 2.0
software, available as a free download for iOS and Android devices).

SimpleSignal also offers free point-to-point video calling to all of its
hosted PBX customers. Users can make and receive secure video calls and video
voicemails from their supported video desk phones or mobile devices.

The RealPresence Platform software infrastructure provides carrier-grade
reliability, security and industry-leading scalability and interoperates with
the broadest range of communications applications. The RealPresence Platform
software was recently enhanced to include theindustry’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.

SimpleSignal’s VaaS offering rounds out a comprehensive suite of cloud hosted
unified communications services that has exclusively featured Polycom IP phone
equipment (the Polycom® SoundPoint® IP series of phones) since SimpleSignal’s
launch in 2004. Services include enterprise-grade hosted PBX with “one number”
mobility and integration with a wide range of CRM solutions, Internet
services, SIP trunks, HD audio conferencing, desktop collaboration, call
recording, SMS texting, voicemail to text, fax to email, backup and storage,
plus a growing number of voice apps and tools that make communications more

SimpleSignal’s VaaS solutions are available to customers today. For more
information, please visit
For more information on the Polycom RealPresence Platform software, please

About SimpleSignal

SimpleSignal is an enterprise hosted PBX and cloud-based unified
communications service provider, delivering voice, video, and mobile
communications to thousands of satisfied business users globally. The company
provides the most innovative and advanced mobile/video PBX capabilities in the
industry, and is one of the first companies ever to extend video PBX telephony
over iPads, iPhones, and Android mobile devices that can connect with any
brand of video conferencing equipment. For more information,, check out the company blog, or connect and

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.Visit or connect with us on
Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to learn how we’re pushing the greatness of
human collaboration forward.

NOTE: The product plans, specifications, and descriptions herein are provided
for information only and subject to change without notice, and are provided
without warranty of any kind, express or implied. Polycom reserves the right
to modify future product plans at any time. Products and related
specifications referenced herein are not guaranteed and will be delivered on a
when and if available basis.

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