SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - March 18, 2019 - Plantronics, Inc. (NYSE: PLT) ("Poly"),
today announced that the company will transform into Poly, a technology company
focused on the human experience of communications and collaboration, aiming to
make communication as rich and natural as in-person.
Poly, which means
"many", leverages the legendary audio and video expertise of Plantronics and Polycom
and its breadth of smart endpoints that connect across and between unified
communications platforms to reduce the distractions, complexity, and distance
in the modern workspace. Poly aims to be the solution of choice whenever and
wherever collaboration clouds reach people.
"Today feels like my first day as CEO of a new company,"
said Joe Burton, president and chief executive officer, Poly. "We see limitless
opportunity for how people communicate and collaborate today. With advancements
in AI, machine learning and new technologies, we see a future where Poly makes
the connection, then quietly steps out of the way to become the one thing you don't notice in the meeting."
Poly will focus on four distinct areas of innovation:
- Making workspaces intuitively work for everyone.
The modern open office has introduced distraction and noise into the work
place, leading to lower productivity and employee satisfaction. Poly offers
solutions today to address audible distraction in open spaces as well as
technologies that make huddle rooms as powerful as traditional board rooms.
- Helping people collaborate, their way. People are
now using three or more collaboration solutions in a given day and need
endpoints that work with and across those solutions. Poly offers a wide range
of solutions to meet this growing need.
- Designing solutions that are mobile-first for
the modern workforce. Whether it is using a personal smart phone as a "business
phone" or navigating through a day where personal and business blend, workers
need voice and video capabilities that move with them. Poly's recently
announced Elara 60 recognizes this is the new normal and joins Poly's
award-winning mobile headsets to give people high quality tools to be
productive from anywhere.
- Advancing cloud services that help IT pros and
users get more out of their devices. As the macro trend of end user empowerment
continues, IT pros are more challenged to know what is being used, and where. Poly
is focused on making easy-to-use solutions also easy to manage.
The Poly logo honors the company's new path forward as well
as its legacy: Its lava red color and angle of letters form a propeller to
reflect Plantronics' 60-year aviation lineage while its three legs are inspired
by the design of Polycom's iconic conference phone.
"Our new brand represents the many elements of our history that
we bring together to enable people to work the way we all work now, which is
anywhere and across multiple collaboration tools," said Amy Barzdukas, executive
vice president and chief marketing officer, Poly. "No other company has as many
communications devices and services that we offer across any platform of
choice, and the true power will be in how we bring them together so people can
New Solutions, Demonstrated
Starting today at Enterprise Connect 2019, Poly is unveiling
new products and services to realize the company vision. Visitors to the Poly
booth (#713) will have a chance to meet with executives to learn more about the
new company and its latest offerings, which include:
Studio, an easy-to-use video USB bar that upgrades huddle rooms to business
class and works with services like Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Skype for Business,
Google Meet, Cisco Webex, or Amazon Chime.
Elara 60 Series, the
mobile phone station designed for the increasingly mobile-first worker and
provides users with a one-touch Microsoft Teams experience.
- Eagle Eye Cube, a video conference camera with
4k sensors for crystal clear image quality as well as rich sound to upgrade
meetings in small to mid-sized rooms. Eagle Eye Cube is designed to work with
many existing solutions including Polycom Trio with VisualPro and Group Series.
- Blackwire 7225, an intuitive UC headset designed
for concentration in open offices with a sleek, boomless design. Blackwire
7225's active noise cancellation allows for focus so people can work, listen to
music and sound professional on calls from a PC or Mac.
- The Plantronics Status Indicator, a wired
presence indicator that sits on your desktop and connects with whatever
communications platform you're using to let others know if you are available,
on a call or away from your desk. Visual and audio alerts sound for messages
- Plantronics headsets and Polycom phones provide end users 'better together' functionality, allowing basic and advanced headset features to be easily changed directly from the desk phone touch screen interface, without the need for a connected PC.
- The latest version of Plantronics Manager Pro,
v3.13, gives IT pros the confidence of knowing what devices they have, what's
working, and what's not -- and what to do about it.
- Polycom Device Management Service for
Enterprises, which now
supports and manages Polycom Studio as well as added API functions for better
control and management of large deployments.
Poly encourages partners and
customers to share what they want to see in their communications technology both
at Enterprise Connect and on Poly's social channels: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.
For more information on Poly and
its technology, visit: www.poly.com