Poly Combo Marries Content & Video
Poly (formerly Plantronics and Polycom) this week fleshed out its Group product series with the G7500
, a device that brings together content sharing and video conferencing in one device. Specifically, the G7500 combines the company’s Pano content sharing and wireless presentation system with its video codec, the goal being to allow seamless interaction with content during video calls, said Chris Thorson, senior director of global solutions marketing, at Poly.
In developing the G7500, Poly started with the content sharing in mind, Thorson said. “So much of what people are doing these days is about making content the center of our communications and conversations, rather than just focusing on higher-performance video.”
While the G7500 supports the latest in HD 4K video, improved compression, and standards-based connectivity to cloud-based video platforms through the Poly RealConnect Service, for example, the emphasis is on the content sharing.
Participants can push content onto the screen for everybody to see, annotate on top of the content, capture snapshots, and save it for later viewings, Thorson said.
As shown above, the G7500 is part of Poly’s latest suite, which also includes the new EagleEye Cube camera, Poly Studio camera and sound-bar system, and Microsoft Teams on Polycom Trio. The G7500 is available now in North America and Europe, with availability in other countries targeted for later this year.
Pricing varies based on configurement. The G7500 with EagleEye Cube, for small meeting spaces accommodating four to eight participants, costs $6,400. The G7500 with EagleEye IV – 4x, for medium-sized rooms suitable for six to 10 participants, costs $8,800. And the G7500 with EagleEye IV – 12x, for large rooms serving meetings of up to 14 participants, costs $9,800.