Spectralink offers voice Wi-Fi smartphone

On-site smart device runs on Android operating system

Spectralink has expanded its voice over Wi-Fi offering to include a smart device which runs on the Android operating system.

Pivot, according to a company statement, is a handset which combines smartphone like features ( on an Android user interface) with the quality, durability and reliability needed for in-building staff.

It delivers enterprise-grade, on-site voice mobility on an extensible application platform.

It also is designed to bridge the gap between smartphones and purpose-built mobile solutions.

It has HD voice quality, VoWi-Fi roaming, durability, broad telephony support and wireless local area network (WLAN) interoperability, and predictable return on investment (ROI), according to a company statement.

Spectralink chief executive, Sten Dyrmose, said it was the first device of its kind and that it would transform organisations by enabling in-building mobile employees to work smarter.

“We have spent the past year developing PIVOT based upon customer feedback and through assessing how our handsets are used in everyday situations,” he said.

“Given the rigorous requirements we know our customers demand of their devices, PIVOT far surpasses the many limitations of smartphones designed for consumers.”

Dyrmose said nurses and retail associates worked directly with patients and customers for much of their shift, so having the ability to reliably make voice calls, access data and utilise specialised applications and solutions such as barcode scanners was critical to doing their job well.

“PIVOT is instantly familiar, purpose built and dependable,” he said.

“We’re confident that PIVOT will significantly improve communication and workflow and organisations will wonder how they survived without it.”

Frost and Sullivan analyst, Alaa Saayed, said consumerisation of the workspace and BYOD was stimulating enterprise endpoint vendors to innovate in their products in terms of design, form-factor and capabilities.

“PIVOT, from Spectralink, has intelligently embraced the concept of 'WorkSmart' device to combine the best of consumer smartphones with the ruggedness and quality of a VoWLAN device,” he said.

“PIVOT is able to deliver specific applications and features needed for vertical industries through a smartphone form-factor.”

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2 Comments

SteveT

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WOW! You mean it has all the features of an iPod touch - for only triple the price! Sign me up! You could just buy any old smartphone, connect it to wifi and get all those features for less than $500.

First device of its kind? I mean really.

Jonathan Ordman (Wavelink)

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@SteveT, the PIVOT is a built-for-purpose device and is not targetted at mainstream smarphone users. Without going into a whole marketing spiel, it is much more robust, water resistant, features replaceable batteries for 24 hour operation, is optimised for business-grade voice on a range of enterprise WLAN platforms, has options for a business grade barcode scanner, supports native MS Lync integration, has duress options, push to talk capability, integrates onto nursecall and messaging platforms to mention just a few differences.

The PIVOT is not intended to replace smartphones , but there is certainly a rapidly expanding market for devices of this type which support business-grade onsite communications.

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