Unified communications vendor Polycom has rolled out an update aimed at expanding development and integration for its RealPresence platform.
The company said that the expansion would include the release of a software development kit (SDK) and a set of APIs for RealPresence devices including mobile platforms.
John Antanaitis, Polycom vice president of marketing, told V3 that the SDK release was aimed at both third-party developers and partner vendors to in-house staff developing applications for enterprise use.
In early trials, the SDK has been used for everything from employee scheduling to conferencing tools for remote examinations at hospitals.
"Really it might seem like a simple thing, but these APIs are a major difference-maker for Polycom," Antanaitis explained.
"We are not just developing the SDK, we are also creating a new developer programme."
The update will also bring the addition up support for the Acme Packet protocol. By integrating with the network security platform with SIP protocol, users will be able to bypass firewalls and connect directly with conferencing systems.
The company believes that the platform will prove particularly popular among the growing ranks of remote workers. By integrating with Acme Packet, Polycomm conferencing platforms will be better able to connect tablets and mobile handsets for video calls.
As the consumerisation of IT continues and a growing crop of "digital native" users enter the workforce, the company believes that such features will be essential for businesses.
"Video collaboration is mission critical, its no longer nice to have," Antanaitis said.
"If you think about the new entrants into the job market, video is their communication style of choice. In general they are collaborating with one another posting video, sharing live video and reacting and trading video on a day to day basis."
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