Mitel unveils antimicrobial DECT handsets

Mitel has announced an expanded range of Digital Enhanced Cordless Technology (DECT) handsets built with plastics protected with BioCote antimicrobial technology. The handsets have been designed to deliver the functionality and ruggedness required in industries like hospitals, hospitality, and manufacturing environments.

Mitel’s new 612dt, 622dt and 632dt DECT handsets now feature a silver-based antimicrobial treatment from BioCote Limited. When tested against certain viruses and bacteria, BioCote silver ion additives, which are introduced during the phone manufacturing process, have been shown to inhibit the growth of certain viruses and bacteria on phone surfaces by up to 99.9 per cent. The protection is durable and is expected to last the lifetime of the device under standard operating conditions.

Al Hurren, executive vice president of engineering and operations at Mitel, said, “We are focusing our product innovation to best address customer needs across a number of different industries – from healthcare to retail to hospitality. As part of this strategy, Mitel launched our IP business phones featuring plastics protected with antimicrobial technology last year and are now expanding our device portfolio using antimicrobial plastics to include mobile DECT handsets for use in very high-touch environments.”

Peter Hale, principal analyst at MZA, added, “Mitel continues to lead the global DECT phones market, with 21 per cent supplier market share. Mitel is a well-established cordless handset provider, particularly strong in Western Europe where DECT technology remains significant, with platform sales assisting in stimulating sales of associated devices.”

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Charlotte Hathway

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