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24 June, 2022 - 12:45 By Tony Quested

Poly over the Moon at Cambridge landing

A Californian company whose early headset technology was used on a Moon mission over 50 years ago by astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, has space of a different kind at the head of its agenda.

Now the business is over the moon at its landing in Cambridge!

Poly is a global outfitter of pro-grade audio and video products, and the business has taken facilities at St John’s Innovation Centre in Cambridge.

Poly is operating out of Santa Cruz and San Jose but its reach is very much universal so clients “can have your best meeting – anywhere, anytime, every time,” as the company sells it. One of its mantras is to: “Command the conversation with confidence.”

Poly’s website reveals a rich history and underlines what a coup its arrival is for Cambridge. It states: “In 1969, we had customers traveling out of town on business. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, along with their team at NASA, were on a mission – to the Moon. And they took our headsets with them. 

“That was more than 50 years ago, and you should see what we're up to now. From riding with Virgin Hyperloop for its first successful passenger test to standing up your new home office, Poly will help you break new ground.

“Poly was born from Plantronics and Polycom and we're still in the business of taking giant leaps for mankind. We create beautifully designed and engineered audio and video products that let you be seen and heard with incredible clarity, wherever you work. 

“Backed by the software, artificial intelligence, analytics and insights to take you far beyond mere connectivity.

“We call San Jose and Santa Cruz, California home, but we're most definitely citizens of the world, with more than 6,500 people working in 75 global offices. And often, not in offices at all.

“COVID-19 has been a critical catalyst to change working habits, and a massive accelerant to the digital transformation already reshaping the working world. Work is no longer a place; it's what you do and how you do it.”

Poly says that all Fortune 500 companies rely on its products and services, to the tune of $2 billion in annual revenue. 

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