PLEASANTON, Calif. – Sept. 10, 2007 – Polycom, Inc. [NASDAQ: PLCM], the world‘s leading provider of unified collaborative communications solutions, today announced Emerald sponsorship of the Green Technology World Conference, taking place Sept. 11-12, 2007 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, as part of IT Expo. In three conference presentations, including a conference keynote on Sept. 12, Polycom will highlight how collaboration technologies such as telepresence and video conferencing have an immediate and dramatic impact on corporate green initiatives through reductions in business travel and the use of more energy-efficient solutions. Polycom will also demonstrate how these environmental benefits correspond with tangible and positive business value such as improved organizational productivity, efficiency and global competitiveness.
“Many factors comprise a corporate green initiative. Some are quick and relatively easy to realize, while others are more complex and take more time and commitment to implement,” said Joan Vandermate, vice president of marketing, Video Solutions Group, Polycom. “Collaboration technologies like video conferencing and telepresence allow organizations to have an immediate and dramatic impact by reducing business-related travel and associated carbon emissions, and can be cost-justified through hard dollar savings associated with the travel reductions. At the same time, companies enable employees to work more productively across distances and time zones, improving collaboration and accelerating decision making with their co-workers, partners and customers, and providing much needed work-life balance for road warriors.”
Polycom will be demonstrating its market-leading communications and collaboration technologies at the Green Technology World Conference and at the co-located Internet Telephony Expo (in the Cisco Pavilion – booth 202). Polycom presentations at the Green Technology World Conference will include:
Walking the (Green) Walk
Joan Vandermate, vice president of marketing, Video Solutions Group, Polycom
Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2007 – 9 -9:45 a.m.
As the roster of businesses claiming to be “Green” grows ever longer, so too does the gap between marketing slogans and real workplace stewardship. This session will explore the dichotomy between short-lived opportunism and principled leadership by examining organizations whose stated commitments are matched by tangible real-world actions. From shifts in their workplace policies to leveraging new environmentally-friendly technologies, these organizations have found that “going green” often leads to marked increases in efficiency and productivity and is not only viable but essential as a renewable, sustainable organizational strategy for the 21st century.
Virtual Meetings: A Faster Path to Lowered Emissions
Glenn Noga, CIO, Polycom, Inc.
Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2007 – 1 – 1:30 pm
It takes only a trip to Europe for a West Coaster, a trip to Hawaii for an East Coaster or a couple of cross-country flights to do as much damage (or more) as you do during an entire year of commuting and cruising in your car (Indepenttraveler.com). Greenbiz.com estimates 3.2 million acres of trees would have to be planted to offset the jet fuel emissions of the estimated 240 billion miles Americans travel on business each year; and in Europe, if the currently installed video systems were used to cut just 5-30 percent of business travel we could lower emissions by between 5.5 and 33.5 million tons, according to the ETNO and WWF. This session will educate attendees on how to use voice and video collaboration to immediately and significantly reduce travel and the associated carbon footprint, while also raising corporate productivity.
Advanced TCA — Green Conferencing in Data Centers
Stefan Karapetkov, Emerging Technologies Director, Polycom
Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2007 – 10:45 – 11:15 am
Conferencing itself is a green technology that connects people across geographies and reduces travel and waste of natural resources. However, companies can take it a step further by leveraging energy efficient hardware in the data center to drive these applications. Solutions based on the Advanced TCA standard save space and energy in the data center and also reduce waste when new technology replaces old. This session will provide an overview of the challenges of today‘s data centers, and explain how Advanced TCA can help meet these challenges. The session will also focus on benefits from an environmental perspective, and provide details about specific deployment of Advanced TCA in conferencing products.
Additional information about the Green Technology World Conference can be found at: www.tmcnet.com/green
Polycom, Inc. is the worldwide leader in unified collaborative communications (UCC) that maximize the efficiency and productivity of people and organizations by integrating the broadest array of high definition video, wired and wireless voice, and content solutions to deliver the ultimate collaborative experience. Polycom‘s high quality, standards-based conferencing and collaboration solutions are easy to deploy and manage, as well as intuitive to use. Supported by an open architecture, they integrate seamlessly with leading telephony, workplace wireless telephony, and presence-based networks. With its market-driving technologies, best-in-class products, alliance partnerships, and world-class service, Polycom is the smart choice for organizations seeking proven solutions and a competitive advantage from on-demand communications and collaboration. For additional information, call 800-POLYCOM or visit the Polycom web site at www.polycom.com.
Polycom and the Polycom logo are registered trademarks of Polycom in the U.S. and various countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. ©2007, Polycom, Inc. All rights reserved.
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