SUNNYVALE, CA, May 7, 2002 - Shoreline Communications, a developer of enterprise-class IP PBX systems, today announced a partnership with Polycom®, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLCM), a worldwide leader in the convergence of interactive voice, video, data and web communications, to deliver an end-to-end IP PBX solution that combines the Shoreline4 distributed IP Voice Architecture with an integrated, Shoreline-branded version of Polycom's standards-based SoundPoint® IP desktop phones.
"This relationship is all about standards and choice," said Thomas van Overbeek, CEO and president of Shoreline. "It gives customers the power to go with analog or IP while still enjoying robust applications delivered with enterprise-class reliability and voice quality across all locations. It unlocks the power of a truly distributed IP-PBX system."
"Our agreement with Shoreline is part of Polycom's strategy to facilitate the growth and adoption of IP telephony solutions through partnerships with IP PBX suppliers," said Sunil Bhalla, senior vice president and general manager of voice communications at Polycom. "Polycom's full-duplex SoundPoint IP 500, with it's large LCD display, delivers an optimal interface to the Shoreline4 architecture, offering customers a standards-based IP telephony solution that is high quality, feature rich and easy to use."
The new Shoreline4 IP phone system with Polycom SoundPoint IP 500 phones has been deployed at the Networld+Interop exposition and conference being held May 5-10, 2002 in Las Vegas, and is providing IP voice dial tone for all critical show operations. The entire system simulates the performance of a 30-site enterprise with a 4000-port capacity, and was set up in four days.
The Shoreline end-to-end solution will be available in Fall 2002 through authorized Shoreline channel partners.
Shoreline4 is a standards-based IP phone system that utilizes SIP signaling between intelligent switches and standards-based analog and MGCP signaling to handset endpoints. It is based on Shoreline's distributed architecture, which has no single point of failure and 100% feature transparency across entire enterprise networks. The result is a highly reliable and easy to manage system that delivers enhanced productivity and cost savings, especially to multi-site enterprises.
Polycom, Inc. develops, manufactures and markets a full range of high-quality, easy-to-use and affordable voice and video communication endpoints, video management software, web collaboration software, multi-network gateways, and multi-point conferencing and network access solutions. Its fully integrated end-to-end solution, The Polycom Office ™, is supported by the Polycom Accelerated Communications Architecture, and enables business users to immediately realize the benefits of integrated video, voice, data and web collaboration over rapidly growing converged networks. For additional information, call 1-800-POLYCOM (765-9266) or +1-408-526-9000, or visit the Polycom web site at www.polycom.com.
About Shoreline Communications
Shoreline Communications Inc. has been shipping IP phone systems since October 1998, with more than 71,000 IP voice stations installed. The award-winning Shoreline IP Voice Communications System is a platform based on Shoreline's Distributed Internet Voice Architecture, designed to meet enterprise requirements for scalability, reliability, and manageability. In addition, the Shoreline system provides both a rich set of integrated voice services as well as standards-based interfaces to 3 rd party voice applications that enhance personal and organizational productivity. For more information, visit www.goshoreline.com or call 1-877-80SHORE.