|By Business Wire
|January 28, 2013 08:33 AM EST
Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM), the global leader in open standards-based
unified communications and collaboration (UC&C), today announced that
German Law Firm Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft has implemented Polycom®
RealPresence® video solutions, integrated with IBM Sametime®, across
17 locations around the world. The joint IBM
and Polycom solution allows each of Luther’s 700 employees to
connect and collaborate, securely using high-definition Polycom video
from anywhere on any device. In fact, Polycom video collaboration has
become Luther’s default choice of communication tool.
“We have given our employees freedom,” said Andreas Gaebisch, CIO at
Luther. “Freedom to connect and hold their meetings from anywhere using
video, without having to worry about dial format, location, bandwidth,
quality or security.”
Luther is a leading German commercial law firm, ranked by Chambers as
one of the top law firms in Europe. The company is represented at 11
German economic centers and has international offices in Brussels,
Budapest, London, Luxembourg, Shanghai and Singapore. As global business
requirements demand hours of meetings and collaboration between offices,
partners, and customers, Luther wanted a more effective and productive
Gaebisch says that for three months he and his team searched and tested
for the optimum video collaboration solution that would integrate with
Luther’s existing network and IBM’s social communications platform.
Polycom came out ahead with its solutions that run on the secure and
open standards-based video software infrastructure provided by the
Polycom® RealPresence® Platform, which integrates seamlessly with IBM
Sametime. Employees at Luther were already familiar with IBM Sametime
software as a social communications tool, and found Polycom RealPresence
video solutions easy to use, efficient, and a great option to business
travel. Together, the IBM and Polycom solution enables every employee,
simply by clicking on a name in their Sametime contact list, to initiate
a secure, face-to-face HD video meeting, or join any meeting room.
“Seeing is believing, and with video you see people’s reactions and
misunderstandings are therefore much less frequent than in a simple
phone conversation,” Gaebisch explained.
collaboration has improved team performance, and Luther is noticing
a culture change is taking place. People are choosing to hold meetings
using video, including through IBM Sametime and on Polycom HDX room
systems, which are powered by the Polycom® RealPresence® Platform – the
most comprehensive and interoperable software infrastructure for
universal HD video collaboration. Because the Polycom Platform is based
on open standards, Luther is able to hold secure video meetings with
customers, partners, and other law firms even if they are using other
providers’ products. In early October 2012, 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.
Luther conducts a wide range of meetings and collaborations over video,
Team communication and visually collaborating and sharing data in real
time on cases
Witness interviews, case work
Manager and executive internal and team meetings across multiple
“When investing in new technology you want the assurance it will still
be a standard in five years,” said Gaebisch. “With Polycom leading the
innovations and long history in standards-based technologies, we feel
confident we have made the right investment.”
About Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH
Luther is a leading German commercial law firm that offers comprehensive
legal and tax services. The full-service law firm is represented at 11
German economic centres and at important investment locations and
financial centres in Europe and Asia with international offices in
Brussels, Budapest, London, Luxembourg, Shanghai and Singapore. Clients
are medium-sized enterprises and large corporations, as well as the
public sector. Luther works closely with other commercial law firms in
all the prevailing jurisdictions worldwide. On the Continent, Luther is
part of a group of independent leading law firms who have worked
together for many years on joint cross-border projects. Luther is also
the German member of Taxand, a global organisation of tax advisory firms.
Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH is a law firm with a business
approach: innovative awareness aspires Luther to provide clients with
customised legal advice that addresses individual needs and delivers the
greatest possible economic benefit. The lawyers and tax advisors have a
solid understanding of interdisciplinary matters and a wealth of
experience in collaborating on complex tasks. Further information is
available at: www.luther-lawfirm.com
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 www.polycom.co.uk
or connect with us on Twitter,
to learn how we’re pushing the greatness of human collaboration forward.
© 2013 Polycom, Inc. All rights reserved. POLYCOM®, the Polycom logo,
and the names and marks associated with Polycom’s products are
trademarks and/or service marks of Polycom, Inc. and are registered
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countries. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.
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