meet poly: plantronics + polycom relaunches to focus on driving the power of many

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meet poly: plantronics + polycom relaunches to focus on driving the power of many

SINGAPORE  – March , 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:

meet poly: plantronics + polycom relaunches to focus on driving the power of many

* 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 do more.”

NEW SOLUTIONS, DEMONSTRATED HANDS-ON

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:

* Polycom Studio [5], 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.
* Plantronics Elara 60 Series [6], 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 and calls.
* 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 [7], Facebook [8], LinkedIn [9] and YouTube
[10].

For more information on Poly and its technology, visit: www.poly.com
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