Polycom have announced the availability of their CX series of IP phones, optimized with Microsoft Lync, for Federal Agencies. With collaboration being a more than mission critical process, the hardware is designed with security and performance in mind. By leveraging Lync, the UC&C environment is also optimized, creating easy deployment, system management, and provisioning as opposed to traditional PBX and IP PBX voice systems. With these phones available on the GSA Schedule, U.S. government agencies will be endowed with a complete unified communications solution plus Polycom’s innovative voice and video end points, creating an unparalleled infrastructure this sector demands.

“The Federal government is under increasing pressure to improve communication and collaboration, both within and between agencies, to streamline operations, reduce costs, and better serve citizens,” added Tony D’Angelo, Vice President of Federal Operations, Polycom. “The Microsoft Lync environment is ideal for rapidly connecting employees and contractors across government agencies, and Polycom offers the broadest portfolio of Lync-optimized solutions, spanning desktop, common areas and conference rooms, and builds on its legacy of high-quality audio and conferencing by delivering the only conference phone designed for Lync.”

The IP phones from Polycom’s CX Series optimized for Microsoft Lync include the Polycom CX500 & CX600 IP Phone, along with the CX3000 IP Conference Phone. The CX3000 is the first conference phone on the market optimized for Microsoft Lync, with the CX500 & CX600 offering HD Voice Technology, and native integration with Lync as well. With government spending taking a slight drop, according to Gartner, there is still the existence of a contract worth $617 million to supply the Department of Defense with Microsoft, which was signed earlier this year. In conjunction with Polycom’s Global Services for Federal Government program, government agencies on the GSA Schedule will most certainly be receiving these solutions in the near future.

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