Video Conferencing Question

Hello all,
I have a client that has an older Polycom video conferencing equipment at their main site and 6 of their satellite offices.  Each place has a large conference room that they use to do their video conferencing on.
They like the functionality of the Polycom equipment but don't want to use Polycom anymore since it is so expensive to replace parts and the amount of bandwidth needed.
What is a good replacement for Polycom that is not as expensive as Polycom and uses less bandwidth?
Thanks,
Kelly W.
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Kyle AbrahamsSenior .Net DeveloperCommented:
It really depends on what devices (TVs, lights, etc) are hooked up to the Polycom equipment and what existing functionality there is that will determine the replacement for the old equipment.

I know popular manufacturer's are Crestron, Cisco, etc, but you may want to bring in an AV company to get extra help as AV is highly specialized.
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K_WilkeAuthor Commented:
It is just a 53 inch TV that is hooked to it.
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Kyle AbrahamsSenior .Net DeveloperCommented:
Do you happen to know the polycom model number that's there?
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K_WilkeAuthor Commented:
It is a Polycom VSX 7000 Advanced System
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Kyle AbrahamsSenior .Net DeveloperCommented:
I talked to my engineering department:

They recommended the polycom Group Series 300 or 310 (310 pushes content while the 300 doesn't).
If you're looking to avoid polycom they said Cisco SX10 or SX20.  

Engineering started asking a lot more questions about the size of the room and the infrastructure in between the devices, but that should answer your basic question.

If you need further assistance I highly recommend you contact an AV company to get further help.  I can recommend IVCi (1-800-224-7083 / www.ivci.com) as I work for them and know we do great work.
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K_WilkeAuthor Commented:
This is exactly what I was looking for.
Thank you very much.
Kelly W.
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