Plantronics Strengthens Portfolio with its First OCS7 Phone Handset

Plantronics has expanded its growing portfolio of unified communication (UC) products Optimised for Microsoft Office Communicator with the new wideband Audio 1100M USB phone handset. Plantronics’ UC product portfolio also includes corded and wireless headsets, giving IT purchasers a broad selection of PC audio products as they deploy Microsoft Office Communicator 2007.

The company says their Audio 1100M USB phone handset is optimised for OCS7 to provide the functionality of a familiar phone interface for business users adopting PC telephony. The handset features a standard, 10-key dial pad combined with call-answer and call-end keys, a visual ring indicator, a speakerphone activation key and ringer volume control. A headset jack is also available on the handset for users who want a hands-free option.

Also announced is a speakerphone version for those conducting group conference calls via OfCS7. It provides 360-degree room coverage so more than one person can participate in a PC-based audio conference. To achieve call clarity, the MCD 100 includes acoustic echo cancellation, noise suppression and equalizer algorithms embedded within the product.

“Plantronics expects an increased adoption of unified communication applications as distributed workforces become more prevalent,” said Amy Huson, director of UC Product Marketing at Plantronics. “More companies will consider implementing Office Communicator 2007, a cost effective method for increasing virtual collaboration. We’ve developed these products to give IT decision makers and business users cost-effective and familiar options for those transitioning to PC telephony.”