Saint Petersburg State University

Polycom Video Helps Saint Petersburg University in Russia Connect Students at 230 Universities Around the World to Improve Education

Connecting students from Saint Petersburg University to universities in UK, Italy, Germany, Canada, the Netherlands, Sweden and Japan; over 1,500 international video meetings held in first year; over 500 students have presented their theses to international judging panels

Moscow, Russia – 15 October 2012 — Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM), the global leader in open standards-based unified communications (UC), announced today that Saint Petersburg State University, Russia (SPBGU)  has implemented the Polycom RealPresence® Platform® (Polycom® RMX® 4000) and RealPresence® Room solutions (Polycom® HDX® Series) across the university to provide high-quality learning, improve communications among students and faculty. 

To raise its profile in the international education community, administrators realised the university needed a better unified communication solution, and selected Polycom because of its comprehensive video collaboration solutions that extend from mobile devices to immersive telepresence theatres. Ilya Gorbunov, CIO of SPBGU, explains: “After evaluation, Polycom was technically among the best solutions available on the market today.  We built the complete network based on the carrier-grade video infrastructure provided by the Polycom® RealPresence® Platform. The Polycom solutions bring HD video collaboration to any size rooms and any work environment, from large conference halls, to individual desktop solutions, to mobile devices. And from that we can easily add more systems as the usage increases.”

Students and staff members have access to Polycom RealPresence video solutions which allow them to collaborate on high technology with international universities.  Because the RealPresence Platform is based on open standards, it is interoperable with the broadest range of business and communications applications and can therefore connect and seamlessly integrate with the multi-vendor video collaboration solutions used by many international institutions.  

Polycom RealPresence video solutions are transforming education for St Petersburg University faculty and students:

  • Facilitating internal meetings, lectures and seminars - The Polycom® RealPresence® Collaboration Servers at the University mix multi-party voice, video and content collaboration together in the same call, simplifying and enriching the user experience.
  • Improving  international liaison.  - Saint Petersburg State University promotes the use of exchange programmes and facilities by students, researcher sand academic staff.  At present, the University cooperates with 230 higher education institutions across Europe, North America, Asia and South America, and Polycom RealPresence video solutions facilitate this cooperation with easy, HD online interactions.    
  • Extending education to more students for lower costs - With the Polycom RealPresence Room solutions, more students can participate in a lecture, from other locations.  Some lecture halls are not large enough to accommodate the number of students who want to participate, and in these cases, the lecture can be seen in several classrooms at a time.

About Polycom

Polycom is the global leader in open standards-based unified communications (UC) 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-vendorinteroperability, 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.


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