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Logitech Partners with Jabra to create "One-Stop-Shop" for Unified Communications Gear
June 21, 2011 | David S. Maldow, Esq.
Visual collaboration provider Logitech, the market leader in webcams and computer peripherals, made the first of what they say will be a string of announcements enhancing their position in visual collaboration and unified communications with an announcement of a new partnership with Jabra. Logitech will private label and distribute a line of headsets and a USB speakerphone that are optimized for personal videoconferencing and unified communications applications.
The following three Jabra developed products will be sold under the "Logitech powered by Jabra" brand.
- Logitech BSP420 USB Speakerphone - A USB speakerphone for UC applications and Skype with advanced Digital Signal Processing and a high-fidelity speaker to provide high-quality audio.
- Logitech BH970 Wireless DECT Headset - A dual use headset that allows you to seamlessly handle calls on deskphones and UC softphones, making it easy to take a call from either with just one headset
- Logitech BH870 Wireless Bluetooth Headset - A dual use headset that allows you to seamlessly swap between calls on mobile and UC soft phones, making it easy to take a call coming from either with just one headset.
As part of the agreement, Logitech and Jabra will also be collaborating on the development of future peripherals.
Logitech has long been known for their line of webcams and related peripherals. Logitech's acquisition of telepresence and videoconferencing vendor LifeSize Communications in November 2010 allows the company to also offer high definition videoconferencing endpoints and infrastructure. The recently announced interoperability between LifeSize and Skype helps connect Logitech/LifeSize's meeting room videoconferencing users with Skype's desktop videoconferencing users.
In an interview with Eric Kintz, Vice President and General Manager of Logitech's Video Business Unit, Eric shared that the company's ultimate goal is to become a full UC endpoint provider for the desktop or the meeting room. As such, they are prioritizing their integration with the top UC solutions and fleshing out their line of peripherals. This new partnership addresses the audio side of the equation, closing a gap in their product lineup and bringing them closer to this goal of being a "one stop shop" for videoconferencing deployments.
There are several consumer advantages to having one vender for all elements of both meeting room and desktop videoconferencing environments. For example, it allows for purchasing bundles, and simplifies deployment (one support number to call for all elements of the videoconferencing environment). With LifeSize endpoints in the meeting room, Logitech webcams and "Logitech powered by Jabra" audio peripherals at the desktop, and the LifeSize bridge for multipoint calls, a customer can enjoy a one vendor environment under the trusted Logitech brand.
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