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Free WorkSnug Pro iPhone App Pinpoints the Best Public WorkspacesTool Will Help the World's More Than One Billion Mobile Professionals Work Smarter; New Plantronics Decibel Meter Accurately Measures and Reports Noise Levels (April 22, 2010)
NEW YORK, NY and SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 04/22/10 -- WorkSnug and Plantronics (NYSE: PLT) today launched WorkSnug Pro, the newest version of WorkSnug's free iPhone® app that helps the mobile workforce locate the best places in major cities to work comfortably and efficiently. Already available in Barcelona and London, WorkSnug Pro now includes workspace information for San Francisco and New York City and features the new Plantronics Decibel Meter.
WorkSnug Pro employs augmented reality, enabling users to hold up their iPhone and view their surroundings, as well as pop-up information that points to the nearest potential workspaces, including cafes, libraries, formal co-working spaces and Wi-Fi hotspots. WorkSnug Pro includes workspace reviews and provides details on Internet connectivity, power provisions, community feel, noise level, and even quality and availability of coffee. In addition to WorkSnug's reviews, users can post their own workspace finds and ratings quickly through the application.
Plantronics partnered with WorkSnug as part of its smarter work initiative which focuses on enabling mobile professionals to work comfortably and efficiently from anywhere. WorkSnug Pro features a new Plantronics Decibel Meter that measures the noise level of workspaces and uploads the information to WorkSnug in real-time, enabling other WorkSnug users to pick an ideal location that best meets their noise preference. Over time, users can also view the noise history of a selected location.
The Growing Mobile Workforce Population
According to research firm IDC, the world's mobile worker population will pass the one billion mark this year and grow to nearly 1.2 billion people -- more than one-third of the world's total workforce -- by 2013. From road warriors on a business trip, to creative professionals who look to their work environment for inspiration, or individuals who work from home needing a change of scenery, WorkSnug Pro will help them identify an array of potential workspaces for consideration.
"As the mobile workforce grows, work is no longer a place we go, but a thing we do. WorkSnug Pro is perfect for anyone who works remotely and is looking to remain productive in a public workspace," said Richard Leyland, founder of WorkSnug. "The way we work is changing, and we are excited to be an instrumental part of this remote worker revolution."
"For the past 50 years, Plantronics has helped people work smarter through audio innovations that enable more efficient communications," said Amy Huson, director of Marketing at Plantronics. "As workforces become more distributed and remote working more commonplace, Plantronics is committed to developing products, such as the Voyager PRO UC, that empower them to work effectively across all workspaces from the office to the airport. Teaming with WorkSnug is a natural extension of this commitment."
A Community of Mobile Workers
WorkSnug has reviewed hundreds of workspace locations in San Francisco and New York for the launch of WorkSnug Pro, but the mobile worker community will be the catalyst for enriching the tool with their own reviews. WorkSnug Pro users are encouraged to post their reviews either via the application or at www.worksnug.com.
WorkSnug Pro is available in iTunes® now for users of the iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch®. The augmented reality function is only available for the iPhone 3GS. For more information about WorkSnug, please visit www.worksnug.com. For more information about Plantronics for Unified Communications, please visit www.plantronics.com/uc.
WorkSnug is a tool that connects mobile workers to the nearest and best places to work in the major cities of the world. WorkSnug's teams have visited and reviewed hundreds of viable workspaces around the world, specifically evaluating WiFi, noise levels, power provision, community feel, even the quality of the coffee, in workspaces across the world. WorkSnug is now building the world's first global community for mobile workers. Growing rapidly, WorkSnug is great in more than a dozen cities globally. The rest of the world is a work in progress: Contribute yourself at WorkSnug.com.
WorkSnug was founded in London by Richard Leyland, a futurist and entrepreneur. Leyland is an expert commentator on the future of work and has provided insight into the future for many of the world's largest technology firms, broadcasters, professional services organizations and others.
Plantronics is a world leader in personal audio communications for professionals and consumers. From unified communication solutions to Bluetooth® headsets, Plantronics delivers unparalleled audio experiences and quality that reflect our nearly 50 years of innovation and customer commitment. Plantronics is used by every company in the Fortune 100 and is the headset of choice for air traffic control, 911 dispatch and the New York Stock Exchange. For more information, please visit www.plantronics.com or call (800) 544-4660.
Plantronics, and Plantronics Voyager are trademarks or registered trademarks of Plantronics, Inc. iPhone and iPod Touch and iTunes are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. The Bluetooth trademark is owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of the mark by Plantronics, Inc. is under license.
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