- U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), Army Training Support Center , Infrastructure Office, Education Support Division. This U.S. Army organization won a Five-Star Award for its Enterprise Classroom Project: Classroom XXI. The program blends face-to-face video collaboration with other advanced technologies to create a digital classroom environment designed to prepare the next generation of soldiers, leaders, and civilians by connecting them with instructors from more than 32 Army schools. The Five-Star Award honors programs that demonstrate excellence in enterprise-wide distance learning.
- Landstuhl Regional Medical Center . As headquarters for the U.S. Army’s European Regional Medical Command, Landstuhl provides primary and specialty care for 85,000 military personnel and their families from a comprehensive medical facility in Germany. Through ongoing training conducted over Polycom video collaboration solutions, Landstuhl extends it medical expertise to personnel stationed at 17 Army and Military treatment facilities in Germany, Italy, and Belgium. Landstuhl was recognized for its life-saving application of distance learning with a Five-Star Award.
- Deborah Stokes, curator for education at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art. Under her direction, the museum helps augment art curriculum for budget-strapped schools across the United States and the world by providing interactive and real-time video classes, briefings and tours – all at no charge to schools. Stokes earned the Pioneer Award, which annually recognizes an individual who demonstrates initiative and leadership in the field of distance learning within the federal government.
- Dr. Philip Westfall, director of the Air Technology Network at Air University , Department of the Air Force. Westfall received an Eagle Award for two decades of leadership, vision, and advocacy of distance learning at the federal level. Before he launched the Air Technology Network, which connects more than 350 Air Force sites, he established the Government Education and Training Network, which began with a single site in 1992 and now delivers interactive, video-based distance learning to several federal agencies. The cost-effective distance learning networks launched by Westfall have saved taxpayers millions of dollars.
“What an honor it is for Polycom to work with such distinguished pioneers of distance learning in the federal government,” said Colbert. “These individuals and organizations serve to protect, preserve, and enhance the American way of life, and we’re proud to play a part in the important work they do.”About Polycom Polycom is the global leader in open, standards-based unified communications and collaboration (UC&C) solutions for voice and video collaboration, trusted by more than 415,000 customers around the world. Polycom solutions are powered by the Polycom® RealPresence® Platform, comprehensive software infrastructure and rich APIs that interoperate with the broadest set of communication, business, mobile and cloud applications and devices to deliver secure face-to-face video collaboration in any environment. Polycom and its ecosystem of over 7,000 partners provide truly unified communications solutions that deliver the best user experience, highest multi-vendor interoperability, and lowest TCO. Visit www.polycom.com or connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to learn how we’re pushing the greatness of human collaboration forward. © 2013 Polycom, Inc. All rights reserved. POLYCOM®, the Polycom logo, and the names and marks associated with Polycom’s products are trademarks and/or service marks of Polycom, Inc. and are registered and/or common law marks in the United States and various other countries. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.