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Frost & Sullivan Awards Plantronics 2013 Visionary Innovation Leadership Award for Unified Communications

Plantronics Delivers new Unified Communications Suite for Work in the Office or On-the-Go

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 5:08 am PDT

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Sydney, Australia
"With increased talk and standby time, precisely-tuned audio, voice controls and advanced charging accessories, the award-winning Voyager Legend UC is the only headset that mobile professionals need to keep up with their busy schedules and demands"

Plantronics today announced that Frost & Sullivan has awarded the company a Visionary Innovation Award in recognition of its accomplishments in the Unified Communications and Collaboration (UCC) and Customer–Care markets. The announcement of this award comes during Plantronics’ local launch of its new mobility solutions including the Voyager Legend UC headset, Blackwire 700 Series USB crossover Bluetooth headset and Calisto 620 cordless speakerphone. Each device allows users to work across a number of mobile devices including their smart phone, laptop and tablet providing greater levels of mobility.

Frost & Sullivan defines Visionary Innovation as a company’s ability to identify key trends and address the unmet needs of individuals with solutions that can improve business performance as well as work and personal lives. Plantronics’ focus on software development and contextually-aware communications that enable its devices to react based on the user’s status, availability, location and other contextual factors has been key to the company winning this award.

“Plantronics appreciates this recognition for the contributions it has made in providing easy-to-use tools which enable greater mobility and flexibility in the workforce,” said Graeme Gherbaz, Managing Director, Plantronics Australia and New Zealand. “Businesses must equip their mobile workforce with solutions that allow them to communicate well regardless of where they are. Plantronics ensures the user experience on any unified communications device is as intuitive and seamless as possible; Frost & Sullivan’s award recognises this and our new product line deliver on it.”

Voyager Legend UC – The next generation of an iconic communications device

The award-winning Voyager Legend™ UC headset is the unified communications version of the Voyager Legend headset. This enterprise solution is ideal for the mobile professional, with multi-device connectivity that allows users to connect the headset to a laptop, mobile phone or tablet.

Frost & Sullivan has identified the Voyager Legend UC as an innovative solution addressing the key mega trends. It was also awarded two CES Innovations Design and Engineering Awards, the Voyager Legend UC works intuitively to your needs. It understands how and when you want to talk, with industry-first Smart Sensor™ technology that reacts when you put the head set on, allowing users to quickly take calls without having to click. The headset also features three precisely tuned microphones and enhanced DSP that optimise your voice and minimise noise caused by wind, movement and background sounds. Tapping the voice command button conveniently provides battery level, connection status, and more.

“With increased talk and standby time, precisely-tuned audio, voice controls and advanced charging accessories, the award-winning Voyager Legend UC is the only headset that mobile professionals need to keep up with their busy schedules and demands,” said Graeme Gherbaz, Managing Director, Plantronics Australia and New Zealand.

“The fact that it’s been placed in two innovation categories at the recent CES Innovations Design and Engineering Awards – for Wireless Handset Accessories and Computer Accessories – is a testament to the product’s performance.”

Voyager Legend UC Benefits

  • A voice command menu and enhanced voice alerts including mobile call name announcement and “answer/ignore” call feature
  • It has up to 7 hours of talk time and 11 days standby time
  • Innovative charging ecosystem which ensures that the headset is always ready when you need, with:
    • A carrying case to stow and charge the headset, providing up to 14 hours of additional talk time
    • A desktop charging stand
    • A modular wall charger

Blackwire® Series – The Crossover headset providing ultimate flexibility and reliability

This headset goes beyond providing premium PC audio quality by also connecting to a Bluetooth enabled phone or tablet. The Blackwire 700 Series is the first corded headset to feature Plantronics’ Smart Sensor technology, which tells the headset when it is being worn allowing it to pause music and route calls intuitively. A detachable cable and integrated clothing clip allow users to make calls on-the-go with up to 10 hours of talk time.

Calisto® 620 – The no cord, no fuss speakerphone

The first wireless speakerphone designed for use with a laptop or smartphone, the Calisto 620 is portable, easy to set-up and provides premium quality sound. The Caslisto 620 provides users with up to seven hours talk-time and is the perfect size to carry in a laptop bag. Plantronics’ leading edge audio technology delivers intelligent bi-directional microphones that activate in the direction of the speaker’s voice, wideband PC audio and 360-degree microphone pickup.

PRICING AND AVAILABILITY

The Voyager Legend UC is available now, priced at AU$259.95. The Blackwire 710 (monaural) and Blackwire 720 (stereo) are also available now and are priced at AU$169.00 and AU$195.00 respectively. The Calisto 620 is available for AU$195.00. For a full list of retailers please visit www.plantronics.com.au.

FROST & SULLIVAN VISIONARY INNOVATION AWARD

To access the Frost & Sullivan “Visionary Innovation Award for Unified Communications & Collaboration and Customer-Care 2013″ Research Report in its entirety, please visit: www.Plantronics.com/enterpriseconnect2013.

ABOUT PLANTRONICS – SIMPLY SMARTER COMMUNICATIONS™

Plantronics is a global leader in audio communications for businesses and consumers. We have pioneered new trends in audio technology for 50 years, creating innovative products that allow people to simply communicate. From unified communication solutions to Bluetooth® headsets, we deliver uncompromising quality, an ideal experience, and extraordinary service. Plantronics is used by every company in the Fortune 100, as well as 911 dispatch, air traffic control and the New York Stock Exchange. For more information, please visit www.plantronics.com.au.

Plantronics, Simply Smarter Communications, Voyager Legend, Blackwire, Calisto, M55, Find MyHeadset and Smart Sensor are trademarks or registered trademarks of Plantronics, Inc. The Bluetooth trademark is owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of the mark by Plantronics, Inc. is under license. All other trademarks are property of the respective owners.

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