New from EPOS, the IMPACT D Series is a range of lightweight, wireless headsets optimised for unified communications in offices and call centres. EPOS Voice technology delivers a rich, natural sound experience, while protected pairing helps secure the devices from online threats. The headsets are available with a choice of monaural and binaural wearing styles. www.eposaudio.com
Poly’s new pro-grade conference room video conferencing devices, the Poly Studio X70 and Poly Studio E70, come with Poly Director AI technology, which uses AI and machine learning to deliver real-time automatic transitions, framing and tracking for a more immersive, natural experience. Both the Poly Studio E70 intelligent camera and Poly Studio X70 video bar are Zoom-certified and support Zoom Rooms Smart Gallery. Stand-out features include dual cameras with 4K sensors; NoiseBlockAI and Acoustic Fence technology to block unwanted background noise; native support and connectivity to the user’s choice of cloud-based video provider; a motorised, integrated electronic privacy shutter; and an air quality sensor. www.Poly.com
Coinciding with the announcement that all education settings will be provided with carbon dioxide monitors, air quality specialist Airthings has launched the View CO2 for Business. The wireless sensor warns when carbon dioxide (CO2) exceeds recommended levels, while also measuring temperature, humidity, virus risk, noise and light. High CO2 levels increase the risk of airborne virus transmission and the likelihood of lower productivity, drowsiness, headaches and loss of concentration. Like other Airthings for Business solutions, View CO2 for Business enables schools and workplaces to monitor, visualise and control indoor air quality remotely. An optional CO2 Alert feature warns when fresh air is needed through a red LED light on the device. airthings.com/business
Snom is rethinking the deskphone with its new D8xx series of IP business phones. Highlights include a large, freely swivelling IPS display for improved visibility; a slim, high-quality casing made of anti-bacterial coated plastic; HD or super wideband audio quality; a choice of firmware (Linux or Android); diverse networking options (Gigabit LAN, wireless, Bluetooth 5.0, DECT and NFC, as well as USB 2.0); and the option of detachable cameras, touch display and corded or cordless DECT headphones. Florent Aubert, Head of Product Management at Snom, said: “After more than 20 years of experience in this field, it was time to fully rethink the desk phone and its functionality.” www.snom.com
Dock and charge
Acer has expanded its range of Works With Chromebook-certified accessories with a USB Type-C Dock that simplifies networking and the process of connecting up to three external displays and keyboard, mouse, USB stick or external hard drive to a Chrome OS Device. The Dock also supports USB-C Power Delivery to charge devices via a USB-C connection and includes a dedicated Gigabit Ethernet port for wired networking. www.acer.com
New from Poly, the VVX range of desk phones (VVX 150/250/350/450) are the latest of its devices to feature integrated antimicrobial protection from Microban International. Ideal for shared spaces or high-touch work settings, Microban’s proprietary technology works at a cellular level to help prevent the growth and reproduction of micro-organisms. Because it is integrated at the manufacturing stage, it does not wash off or wear away, even after extensive use. www.microban.com/poly
BT is boosting 4G/5G coverage in UK cities with the launch of the Street Hub 2.0. The first units have been installed in the London borough of Kensington and Chelsea, ahead of a roll-out of 300 units to other cities, including Glasgow, Cardiff, Nottingham, Birmingham, Solihull and Southampton. Each unit provides free Gigabit Wi-Fi, free phone calls, rapid mobile device charging, charity helplines, local wayfinding via an integrated tablet and advertising space on the unit’s digital screens. BT is providing up to £7.5m of free advertising space to local businesses until the end of the year and reserving 5% of total screen time for councils to promote local services. In addition, each Street Hub 2.0 unit can be fitted with air quality and CO2 sensors, enabling authorities to monitor the local environment.