Polycom unveiled a pair of next-generation IP conference phones combining both SIP and Polycom's HD Voice technology. The endpoints, Polycom's Brian Phillips said, are sleek additions to Polycom's lineup and are sure to spice up any IP deployment in the board room, or any conference room. Phillips added the new SoundStation phones hit price points similar to their non-IP counterparts, enabling more companies to deploy IP devices in their conference rooms.
The SoundStation IP 7000 (shown here) features HD Voice with up to 22 KHz of CD-quality audio for improved clarity and intelligibility. It also includes a large display with an XHTML micro-browser for IP applications, essentially turning the conference phone into an application platform for the room. It offers corporate directory access and three-way visual conferencing applications that let users see, add and delete participants, while also enabling users to put participant son hold or mute them.