Santa Cruz Tech Beat


Plantronics Introduces Waterfalls to Boost Productivity

By Dominic Kent
UC Today

January 8, 2019 — Santa Cruz, CA

Plantronics Habitat Soundscaping solution can totally transform your open plan office

Habitat Soundscaping is Plantronics’ acoustic management solution that uses nature-inspired audio and visuals, with intelligent software to convert distracting open offices into places where people can concentrate and collaborate effectively. Inclusive of cloud-based acoustic heat mapping and nature sounds, workplace planners can better manage noises in the office. In 2017, Habitat won the Frost and Sullivan North American Technology Innovation Award for Augmented Reality.

Habitat Soundscaping typically comprises digital windows, distraction speakers, dynamic speakers, digital skylights and even water features to combine with natural sounds to create an immersive audio experience. I met with Richard Kenny, Head of Global Marketing, New Business Models at Plantronics to learn about how Plantronics are combating the unproductive open office problem.

Open plan obsession

As the number of open plan offices continues to grow, employees are left wondering why they are being forced to work in unproductive spaces. Richard told me the story of his first visit to the US office, where it was a sea of cubicles and people didn’t talk to each other. They just got their heads down and worked. Nowadays, people now want to break down those barriers and collaborate. I asked Richard if we’ve gone from one extreme to the other. Did we miss the perfect medium? He referenced the smart working mantra of CommunicateConcentrateContemplate and Collaborate. 

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