Plantronics Recognized by Frost & Sullivan with the 2013 Visionary Innovation Leadership Award

  Plantronics Recognized by Frost & Sullivan with the 2013 Visionary
  Innovation Leadership Award

  Research Reveals Plantronics has Identified and Successfully Addressed Key
                                 Mega Trends

Enterprise Connect Orlando 2013

Business Wire

ORLANDO, Fla. -- March 18, 2013

Plantronics (NYSE: PLT) today announced that Frost & Sullivan has awarded the
company a Visionary Innovation Award in recognition of the company’s
accomplishments in the Unified Communications and Collaboration (UCC) and
Customer-Care markets. Frost & Sullivan defines Visionary Innovation as the
ability to identify key Mega Trends and proactively address unmet needs with
disruptive solutions that can greatly improve business performance as well as
individuals’ work and personal lives.

“Plantronics has been at the forefront of headset innovation since its
inception. It has successfully aligned its product development roadmap with a
number of Mega Trends and is highly deserving of Frost & Sullivan’s 2013
Visionary Innovation Leadership award,” said Elka Popova, Director, Unified
Communication & Collaboration, Frost & Sullivan. “Key to Plantronics’ success
is its focus on software development and contextually-aware communications
that enable its devices to react based on the user’s status, availability,
location, and other contextual factors.”

“This award validates our impact on unified communications and the importance
of delivering products that are easy for people to use,” said Ken Kannappan,
president and CEO of Plantronics. “We appreciate the recognition of the
contributions we have made delivering exceptional audio and playing a critical
role in improving productivity.”

According to Frost & Sullivan, Mega Trends are transformational to business,
economy, society, cultures, and personal lives, thereby defining the future
world and its increasing pace of change. The Mega Trends affecting UCC and
Customer-Care are Connectivity and Convergence and Mobility.

Mega Trend: Connectivity and Convergence

Frost & Sullivan predicts that by 2020, there will be 10 connected devices for
every household, five connected devices for every person, five billion
Internet users, and 500 devices with unique digital IDs per square kilometer.
Connected individuals must clearly hear each other to communicate effectively,
with minimal interference and disruption to themselves and to others,
regardless of their external environments. Individuals are increasingly using
multiple communications and collaboration tools. They are frequently switching
between communications modes and, therefore, they need to integrate multiple
contact channels seamlessly through a single endpoint.

Mega Trend: Mobility

Remote collaboration is enabled by affordable and sophisticated landline and
wireless broadband, voice and data connections, advanced endpoints, and
unified communications (UC) tools. It is critical, therefore, to provide
remote and mobile workers with devices that reduce noise levels and provide
integrated access to multiple communications endpoints and thus enable the
effective use of advanced communications and collaboration tools.

Plantronics Voyager Legend™ UC

Frost & Sullivan identifies the Voyager Legend as an innovative solution
addressing the key Mega Trends. It supports mobile and soft phones, and offers
up to seven hours of talk time; three microphones; plus significant
improvements in wind noise reduction. It has caller ID/name announcement for
incoming calls; the ability to answer or ignore incoming mobile calls by using
voice commands; and a voice recognition button for connection and battery
status. For more information, visit:
http://www.plantronics.com/us/product/voyager-legend-uc

Frost & Sullivan recognizes that Plantronics has invested a significant amount
of research and development (R&D) into its industry-first Smart Sensor™
technology, integrated into the Voyager Legend headset lineup. The technology
senses when the headset is on or off the user’s head/ear. It then makes smart
decisions whether to connect the call automatically or to announce the call
and wait for a voice or touch command.

Frost & Sullivan highlights that support for various software applications
through Plantronics in-house software development or partnerships creates new
use cases for headset devices and enhances their value to end users. For more
information about Plantronics Software Development program or to access the
SDK, please visit http://developer.plantronics.com

For the Visionary Innovation Leadership Award, the following criteria were
used by Frost & Sullivan to benchmark Plantronics performance against key
competitors:

  *Understanding and Leverage of Mega Trends
  *Vision Integration Into Strategy Excellence
  *Efficacy of Innovation Process
  *Degree of Impact on Business and Society
  *Alignment with Mega Trends

To access the Frost & Sullivan “Visionary Innovation Award for Unified
Communications & Collaboration and Customer-care, North America, 2013”
research report in its entirety, please visit:
www.plantronics.com/enterpriseconnect2013

About Plantronics - Simply Smarter Communications™

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, Blackwire, Calisto, Savi, Simply Smarter Communications, Smart
Sensor and Voyager Legend are trademarks or registered trademarks of
Plantronics, Inc. The Bluetooth trademark is owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and
any use of the mark by Plantronics, Inc. is under license. All other
trademarks are property of the respective owners.

Contact:

Plantronics
Karen Auby, 831-458-7814
Karen.auby@plantronics.com
 
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