IoT in the office: Plantronics service blocks annoying noises

The Internet of Things (IoT) is creating interesting, new business opportunities. This week, Plantronics announced a new noise-as-a-service portfolio called Habitat Soundscaping. The solution set is designed to counteract the productivity-killing side effects of open offices.

Habitat Soundscaping sounds a bit crazy, so let’s hear them out.

Plantronics has been around since the early 1960s when it launched lightweight aviation headsets. Its business opportunities expanded from pilots to include astronauts, call center agents, knowledge workers and mobile professionals. Headsets evolved from big clunky proprietary interfaces through 2.5 and 3.5 mm jacks to USB to Bluetooth.

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Audio technologies have changed even more. There have been huge improvements in microphones and noise reduction. Today, many Plantronics products feature active noise-cancellation, which means there are a few noise specialists working there.

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