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Plantronics Unveils New Wireless Audio Solutions for Unified Communications

May 12, 2009

Savi™ Office and Savi™ Go Wireless Headsets Unify Business Communications Across Multiple Applications and Devices

Plantronics, Inc. (NYSE: PLT) today introduced the industry’s first suite of Unified Communications wireless headset systems that integrate multiple devices and applications for improved business collaboration and cost savings. Designed for today’s distributed workforce, the Plantronics Savi™ Series provides a new level of communication versatility combined with superior audio and reliability.

“As Unified Communications becomes more prevalent in the enterprise, professionals are increasingly using a mix of communication tools, including desk phones, softphones and mobile phones, on an everyday basis,” said Melanie Turek, industry principal, Unified Communications at Frost & Sullivan. “Intelligent headsets that can unify devices and applications to help eliminate costs and improve workforce collaboration are truly essential for successful UC deployments.”

Revenues for the worldwide unified communications application and service markets grew by 294 percent in 2008, according to Frost & Sullivan. The analyst firm forecasts a CAGR of 72 percent for the market (2008-2014).

The Plantronics Savi Series features two wireless headset systems: Savi Office and Savi Go. Savi Office is designed for office workers and provides a single wireless headset for mixing desk phone calls with PC audio and softphone calls. Savi Go gives mobile professionals a simple-to-use wireless headset to connect to PC and mobile phone communications. Both products have variants that support UC offerings from leading providers, including Avaya, Cisco, IBM, and Microsoft, and other popular services, such as Google Talk and Skype.

“Plantronics is participating in numerous Unified Communications pilot projects throughout Australia and New Zealand. By understanding end-user needs and preferences, we’re helping organisations increase adoption of UC,” said Graeme Gherbaz, Managing Director, Plantronics Australia. “What is clear is that easily interfacing with the end-point devices is just as critical as the UC and telephony backbone. Our new Savi products simplify the transition to UC by delivering excellent audio, comfort and ease of use for end users.”

Plantronics Savi Office – PC and Desk Phone Integration

As the PC emerges as an audio platform for business, professionals require a way to seamlessly transition between the various audio-intensive functions performed during the workday. With the Savi Office headset system, professionals can use a single wireless headset for PC audio, including web conferencing, multimedia streaming and music listening, and switch to/from both desk phone and softphone calls at the touch of a button.

Plantronics Savi Office features a new software application, PerSono® Suite, to manage calls and audio. PerSono Suite provides an intuitive, one-click interface to let users mix desk phones and softphone calls, mute a call, or put a call on hold with a single click. Users can personalise PerSono Suite and save ring tones, volume levels, and default settings.

Additional Savi Office features and benefits include:

  • Mobility: All communications and PC audio listening on Savi Office are wireless, giving professionals the freedom to talk hands-free and work without the hassles of a cord, up to 350-feet away from the desk.
  • Audio Quality: Savi Office is built on digitally encrypted, voice-dedicated DECT™ technology for exceptional audio quality and lower interference with other wireless devices.
  • Personal Choice: Savi Office is offered with two different wearing styles: convertible includes over-the-ear and over-the-head styles and a discreet over-the-ear style, both with noise-cancelling microphones.

Plantronics Savi Go – Wideband PC Audio and Mobile Connections

Designed for the more than 47.3 million mobile professionals*, the Plantronics Savi Go headset system enables users to unify their PC softphone and mobile phone communications with excellent audio quality. Savi Go includes a plug-and-play Bluetooth® USB adapter that reduces support costs by eliminating cumbersome software set-up processes and provides life-like, wideband calling through any UC application. The Class 1 Bluetooth adapter provides up to 200 feet of range from the PC for extended mobility, and also features A2DP for wireless stereo streaming.

Additional Savi Go features and benefits include:

  • Device Simplification: The Savi Go headset includes multipoint technology that allows users to switch between their mobile phone and PC calls with the touch of a button.
  • Audio Quality: The headset features an extended boom and noise-cancelling microphone for call clarity, and a single button on the headset provides remote answer/end, volume up/down and mute.
  • Ease of Use: Savi Go also comes with the PerSono Suite software to help manage PC audio and calling.

Plantronics Savi Go will be available in two versions: Optimised for Microsoft® Office Communicator 2007 and enhanced for other Unified Communications platforms.

Availability

Plantronics Savi Office and Savi Go Optimised for Microsoft® Office Communicator 2007 will be available through Plantronics authorised resellers in May. Savi Go enhanced for other Unified Communications platforms will be available this winter. The Savi Office and Savi Go will be available for AUD$649.00 and AUD$349.00 consecutively. For more information about the new wireless headset systems and the various configurations available to customers please visit: www.plantronics.com/au.

Plantronics – The Voice of Unified Communications

Plantronics offers one of the industry’s most complete families of corded and wireless products for unified communications. Widely recognised for its sound quality, reliability and comfort, Plantronics’ audio solutions help companies extend the benefits of IP communications throughout the extended enterprise, fostering better business communication and efficiency regardless of where professionals are working.

For more information about Plantronics’ UC-ready products, visit: www.plantronics.com/au.

About Plantronics

In 1969, a Plantronics headset carried the historic first words from the moon: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Since then, Plantronics has become the headset of choice for mission-critical applications such as air traffic control, 911 dispatch and the New York Stock Exchange. Today, this history of innovation is the basis for every audio product we build for the office, contact centre, personal mobile, entertainment and residential markets. The Plantronics family of brands includes Plantronics, Altec Lansing and Clarity. For more information, go to www.plantronics.com/au.

Altec Lansing, Clarity, PerSono Suite, Plantronics, Savi, and Sound Innovation are trademarks or registered trademarks of Plantronics, Inc. The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Plantronics is under license. All other trademarks are the property of the respective owners.

*IDC Worldwide Mobile Worker Population 2007-2011 Forecast

Genevieve Haldeman
Vice President, Global Communications
Work genevieve.haldeman@plantronics.com
Lerin O'Neill
Mobile and Gaming
Work lerin.oneill@plantronics.com
Office 831-458-7595

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