SOURCE: Plantronics, Inc.

Plantronics, Inc.

May 18, 2011 07:01 ET

Plantronics Advances Social Collaboration With IBM UC2 Integration

Award-Winning Software Enables IBM Lotus® Sametime® Connectivity in the Office or On the Go

SANTA CRUZ, CA--(Marketwire - May 18, 2011) - Plantronics (NYSE: PLT) today announced the availability of their new software plug-in designed specifically for IBM unified communications and collaboration UC2 software to help organizations embrace social business concepts.

The new integration between IBM UC2 software, Sametime and Sametime Unified Telephony (SUT), and Plantronics provides a seamless unified communications experience to users with intelligent, high quality, audio and call control across a multitude of UC devices including the PC, softphone and deskphone. This announcement illustrates Plantronics working closely with IBM to enhance the capability of unified communications offerings.

The software enhances productivity through new calling capabilities for online meetings, video conferences, and PC-based calls and was named an IBM Lotus 2011 Award finalist in the "Enhancing Business Value through UC Solutions" category.
The Plantronics software offers the following functionality:

  • Control Sametime Calls Remotely: walk, talk, and multitask with the ability to answer/end, mute, and control call volume and manage multiple calls remotely from the headset
  • Smart Sensor™ Technology Wearing Status: Built in sensors deliver automatic functionality like answering a call by placing the headset on and simultaneously updating softphone availability status
  • Mobile Phone Presence: Automatically changes Sametime presence status to 'on phone' when on a mobile call
  • Synchronized UC Presence: Updates presence status in Sametime and Skype® PC clients

"Unified communications is helping reinvent how people work, providing a new, seamless and transparent way of connecting," said Caleb Barlow, director of UC2, IBM. "UC2 done right includes all elements of enterprise communications, including voice, instant messaging, video, and of course the highest quality of audio, which is typically derived from headsets. UC2 is helping organizations take one step closer to becoming a social business -- one that embraces networks of people to get real work done."

Please visit the Plantronics strategic IBM Partner site to hear more from Caleb Barlow about the IBM and Plantronics relationship, and how the two companies are working together to advance the UC experience.

"The Plantronics software built expressly for IBM Sametime now has new autosensing capabilities with our Voyager® Pro UC Bluetooth® headset for use on the softphone and mobile phone," said Michael Gjerstad, vice president of Strategic Partnerships at Plantronics. "We focus on making the collaboration application more social and more intelligent by providing headsets capable of sensing the user's availability and reporting that information directly back to Sametime. Additionally, this new software will integrate with Plantronics' Savi® wireless headsets and solutions within the company's new product portfolio," continued Gjerstad.

Plantronics will reveal the new product portfolio on May 18, 2011 during the company's 50th anniversary celebration and live webcast featuring Jeff Schick, VP of Social Software at IBM. The live webcast will take place at 10 am EDT and will be broadcasted from the New York Stock Exchange. To view the webcast, please visit www.plantronics.com/launch

Download the free Plantronics Plug-in v2 for IBM Lotus Sametime: www.plantronics.com/ibmuc

Visit Plantronics Unified Communications for more information about UC-ready products.

About Plantronics
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 or call (800) 544-4660.

Plantronics, Savi and Voyager are registered trademarks and Smart Sensor is a trademark of Plantronics, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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