OpenStage VoIP telephones awarded with Blue Angel “Protects the environment”
State Secretary Heinen-Esser: “An example for the entire ITC industry”
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Munich, Germany — Mar 24, 2011
The telephone innovation from market leader Siemens Enterprise Communications: Open Stage Voice over IP telephones labeled with the Blue Angel, which consume about 50 percent less electric energy than conventional devices. Right on time for the leading IT fair CeBIT, Siemens as the first company ever has been awarded with the Blue Angel “protects the environment” for this. Ursula Heinen-Esser, parliamentary state secretary in the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, handed over the certificate to the company in its production location in Leipzig today and welcomed this production strategy as trend-setting for the entire information technology industry: “Siemens Enterprise Communications' action is exemplary: significantly more energy-efficient telephones, responsible use of materials, clearly conveyed with the Blue Angel as German environmental protection symbol”.
“The Blue Angel is the most significant environmental protection symbol in Germany. 76 per cent of all end-users know it and 39 per cent take it into account when buying. We as the Blue Angel jury see ourselves responsible for establishing the symbol even better for leading products from the technology sector with a high profit for the environment and wish that manufacturers support us by certifying many of their products with the Blue Angel for climate protection”, says Dr. Mathias Böttger, Member of the Jury Umweltzeichen.
In the business world those communication systems and telephones are gaining ground which are based on transmitting speech and video via the Internet. They are increasingly replacing analogue or ISDN installations. The open stage VoIP telephones 15, 20 and 40, which support the open SIP standard, have not only received the Blue Angel because of cutting electricity consumption in half. The materials also meet strict requirements regarding the chemicals used. In addition, they bring above-average compatibility with existing data networks, can be updated and offer high speech quality.
As far as Siemens Enterprise Communications managing director Vera Meyer is concerned, sustainability as a reason for buying has been understood on the procurement market: “Green communications is not just an ad hoc relief for the operating costs budget. Customers also opt for our environmentally-friendly solutions because they are concerned about their own enterprise’s sustainability strategy – as every forward-looking company has to.”
Regarding the subsidiary company Siemens Enterprise Communications Manufacturing in Leipzig Vera Meyer points out that the globally benchmarkable production of the telephones in the middle of Siemens Enterprise Communication’s key market, Germany and Europe, does not only increase the reliability and flexibility of delivery in contrast to production overseas, but also saves and protects social, economic and ecologic resources.
Plant director Jörg Friedrich demonstrated this using the housing of the telephone as an example: “If you want to keep up with the global device manufacturing market, constant fine tuning is needed wherever possible. That is why we use the sandwich procedure to spray the housing of our telephones in our plastics plant: top quality surfaces on the outside and recycled residual plastic from the spraying waste inside. We save 20% raw materials and all associated costs this way."
Currently there are 11,500 Blue Angel products from about 1,050 companies in 90 different product groups. Only the best goods and services in environmental terms within a product group receive the Blue Angel. The environmental symbol jury, the Federal Ministry of the Environment, the Federal Environmental Agency and RAL GmbH guarantee independence and credibility. The members of the environmental jury are the organisations BDI, BUND, DGB, HDE, NABU, vzbv, ZDH, Stiftung Warentest, the media, churches, academia, the German Cities’ Conference and the German federal states.
Speech communication is the key element in daily company processes. To enable every employee to use the functions best suited to their work, Siemens Enterprise Communications has developed a wide spectrum of telephones and client applications. The OpenStage series telephones are desktop devices, ranging from entry level products to exclusive ones with high definition speech quality, user-friendly operation and stylish design. OpenStage telephones are available for TDM and IP environments and have a great variety of applications available that can be integrated in the company’s internal processes. Client installations are running at 3,500 devices daily. The Leipzig plant has now produced over 21 million of these.
More information about the Blue Angel and the products honored with it can be found at www.blauer-engel.de
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Siemens Enterprise Communications is a premier provider of end-to-end enterprise communications, including voice, network infrastructure and security solutions that use open, standards-based unified communications
and business applications for a seamless collaboration experience. This award-winning “Open Communications” approach enables organizations to improve productivity and reduce costs through easy-to-deploy solutions that work within existing IT environments, delivering operational efficiencies. It is the foundation for the company's OpenPath® commitment that enables customers to mitigate risk and cost-effectively adopt unified communications. Jointly owned by The Gores Group and Siemens AG, Siemens Enterprise Communications includes Cycos and Enterasys Networks. For more information about Siemens Enterprise Communications or Enterasys please visit www.siemens-enterprise.com
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