Polycom’s video conferencing solutions assist Catlin to connect across 21 countries

Polycom said its RealPresence video collaboration solutions are assisting Catlin, a global insurance organization, to provide its workforce, partners and clients with face-to-face business communications across its global offices.

Catlin has a network of offices in more than 55 cities worldwide in 21 countries, premium volume in 2011 was $4.5 billion and the company employs nearly 2,000 people.

With such huge network, the group sought to upgrade to a high-definition UC video collaboration solution for video conferencing requirements.

“The video and audio conferencing functions have made keeping in touch a lot easier for everyone at Catlin and these are services that we are rolling out globally. The use of iPads for secure HD video collaboration is a natural extension of Catlin’s communication strategy and has made accessing and collaborating with people on video much faster and more productive,” said James Stratford, group operations manager of UK property and facilities management at Catlin.

Post deployment, the company said that people are collaborating more from Polycom RealPresence Room systems with colleagues on mobile video (vs. audio-conferencing), which has led to an increase in usage of meeting room video systems.

The deployment was executed with Polycom partner ProAV. The deployment includes high-definition video collaboration with Polycom RealPresence Room Solutions, (HDX 9000’s and HDX 8000’s).

Operating through six underwriting hubs around the world, Catlin reckons that investment in video collaboration has changed the way Catlin employees communicate and work. London-based Catlin group is the largest syndicate at Lloyd’s with a 1.43 billion pound capacity.

Catlin group also said that the new video conferencing solutions and audio conferencing “in house” has resulted in cost savings to Catlin.

Recently, Polycom provided videoconferencing systems to equip the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation for use in trials and prisoner sentencing.

Polycom said that Russian Supreme Court saves $50 million in travel costs by using the company’s video collaboration.

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