LONDON – Mar 13, 2012 : Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM), the global leader in standards-based unified communications (UC), today announced that global law firm Linklaters has deployed new Polycom® RealPresence® Immersive video collaboration suites (Polycom® RPX™ series) in offices around the world – including London, New York, Hong Kong, and Frankfurt – to improve colleague communications, speed decision-making, and boost business productivity. Polycom video collaboration has helped Linklaters, with 27 offices in 19 countries, to reduce its travel budgets by tens of thousands of dollars with further reductions expected, while also saving 1,900 tons of CO2 in just 12 months – the equivalent of taking an extra 365 family cars off the road in a year.
Linklaters advises prominent global corporations and financial institutions on their most important and challenging transactions and assignments. For its 5,000 employees based around the world, sharing and discussing information instantly and making decisions quickly using video collaboration is vital to its business success and client satisfaction. Watch the related video.
“We support clients in achieving their business objectives wherever they do business,” said Alastair Mitchell, London Chief Operating Officer, Linklaters. “Communicating and collaborating effectively with each other, regardless of location, is crucial to our ability to deliver. Polycom video collaboration makes it possible to collaborate in real-time, face-to-face without needing to get on a flight where valuable time and productivity is lost.”
Since installing the Polycom immersive video suites, video collaboration has become central to the way Linklaters does business. The travel desk now encourages employees to use the video suites instead of travelling to meetings. The new platform is used extensively for a wide range of activities – from senior executives holding board meetings to the internal support team running training sessions, global case reviews, and client meetings.
“Providing a meeting environment with face-to-face video collaboration that is as lifelike and natural as if you were in the same room allows our clients, partners, and colleagues to connect and work together much more effectively,” concluded Mitchell. “The increase in employee demand for video collaboration is proof of the facility’s success. Through the Polycom video suites we are able to hold virtual meetings that promote faster communications across key locations with the added benefits of reducing travel costs and our impact on the environment.”
The results have been so positive that Linklaters plans to expand their Polycom® RealPresence® video solutions by installing additional immersive video suites in offices located in emerging markets.