Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Panasonic Receives 2011 Internet Telephony Product of the Year Award

New Panasonic KX-UT670 Smart Desk Phone Recognized for Innovation

Panasonic System Communications Company of North America, the leader in small business phone systems*, announced today that TMC, a global, integrated media company, has named Panasonic’s  KX-UT670 Smart Desk SIP phone as a recipient of the 2011 INTERNET TELEPHONY Product of the Year Award. 

“We are honored to receive the 2011 Internet Telephony Product of the Year Award for the KX-UT670,” said Bill Savino, Marketing Manager for business communication solutions at Panasonic System Communications Company of North America. “This is Panasonic’s first SIP desk phone to be based on an open source-based operating system.  The KX-UT670 allows for integrated solutions to be developed for business communications and operations which are flexible, reliable and cost-effective.”

The KX-UT670 is equipped with a large 7-inch LCD touchscreen, which allows for easy access to and control of phone features and installed applications.  Through the use of the phone’s high-quality video (H.264/720P) viewer and up to 16 integrated Panasonic Network Security Cameras, managers in retail environments can discreetly monitor a store with their desk phone from a back office or even from home.  Similarly, in the education field, school faculty or authorities can monitor potential emergency situations in classrooms from a secure area by viewing live video on the phone from Panasonic’s PTZ (pan, tilt, zoom) network video cameras. 

The KX-UT670’s Linux-based open source operating system is programmable, allowing for a company to utilize a variety of business-friendly smart phone applications or design new ones which are specific to their needs for business, facility and communication management.   In the healthcare field for example, a user can develop applications to enhance business such as nurse call systems.  In the hospitality industry room service can be simplified by enabling a guest to use the touchscreen to order.  Additionally, applications can be developed for office facility control, allowing a user the ability to regulate temperature, open or close blinds and unlock doors remotely.  

“I am happy to grant Panasonic a Product of the Year Award. The editors of INTERNET TELEPHONY have verified that KX-UT670 SIP Phone displays quality and innovation plus provides real solutions in the marketplace,” stated Rich Tehrani, CEO, TMC. “I would like to congratulate the entire team at Panasonic for their commitment to advancing IP communication technologies.”

2011 Product of the Year winners are published in the January/February 2012 issue of INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine. INTERNET TELEPHONY has been the authority in IP communication since 1998.