Mitel has announced an expanded range of Digital Enhanced Cordless Technology (DECT) handsets built with plastics protected with BioCote antimicrobial technology and designed to deliver the functionality and ruggedness required in industries like hospitals, hospitality, manufacturing, and other tough working environments.
Mitel’s new 612dt, 622dt and 632dt DECT handsets now feature a refreshed keypad design, a signature Mitel phone matte grey and glossy finish, and plastics with surfaces that are protected with a silver-based treatment from BioCote Limited, experts in antimicrobial treatments. 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 highly 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 several 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.”
Paul Marfleet, Deputy Telecoms Infrastructure Manager at the Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust added, “after evaluating several options, our telephony team decided to deploy Mitel phones protected with antimicrobial technology in the biggest inpatient ward at Trafford General Hospital, a historic hospital widely regarded as the birthplace of the NHS. Our Mitel phones provide staff with peace of mind, knowing they have the right telephony equipment to meet their needs.”
Security is now of utmost importance to effectively safeguard an organisation’s data as well as end-user privacy. From the beginning of the design process, security was embedded into the core of the new 600dt series handsets. The new handsets leverage advanced DECT security standards, secure signalling, and voice encryption, and must be securely authenticated for use on Mitel’s SIP-DECT multi-cellular solution.
Mitel’s solutions leverage DECT technology that operates in a dedicated frequency band, shielding them from network interference and helping to deliver a more reliable connection than GSM to base stations. This makes 600dt handsets appropriate for environments such as hospitals and doctor’s surgeries and helps ensure employees can call one another anywhere, anytime.