Unified Communications Definitions

  • S

    streaming video

    Streaming video is content sent in compressed form over the Internet and displayed by the viewer in real time.

  • T

    T.38 fax over IP (FoIP protocol)

    T.38 is a protocol for sending faxes over a voice over IP (VoIP) network or the Internet in real time.

  • tcpdump

    Tcpdump is an open source command-line tool for monitoring (sniffing) network traffic.

  • teleconference

    A teleconference is a telephone meeting among two or more participants involving technology more sophisticated than a simple two-way phone connection.

  • telegraph

    A telegraph is a system in which information is communicated over a wire with a series of electrical current pulses, usually in the form of Morse code. The basic components include a source of direct current, a length of wire or cable, and a current-indicating device such as a relay, buzzer, or light bulb. A message sent by telegraph is known as a telegram...(Continued)

  • Telephony

    Telephony is the technology associated with the electronic transmission of voice, fax, or other information between distant parties using systems historically associated with the telephone, a handheld device containing both a speaker or transmitter and a receiver.

  • U

    UCaaS (Unified Communications as a Service)

    Unified communications as a service (UCaaS) is a cloud delivery model that offers a variety of communication and collaboration applications and services.

  • unified communications (UC)

    Unified communications (UC) is a framework for integrating various asynchronous and real-time communication tools, with the goal of enhancing business communication, collaboration and productivity.

  • V

    Video as a Service (VaaS)

    Video as a Service (VaaS) is a delivery model where video conferencing capabilities are outsourced to a managed service provider and delivered over an IP network.

  • video conference (video conferencing)

    A video conference is a live connection between people in separate locations for the purpose of communication, usually involving video, audio and text.

  • video telephony

    Video telephony is full-duplex, real-time audio-visual communication between or among end users.

  • Videocast: What is the difference between UC and UM?

    In the SearchVoIP.com videocast, Whatis.com's Alex Howard discusses the differences between unified messaging and unified communications, the features each option allows users and the development of UM to UC. Whether you are considering UC or have already implemented unified communications, this videocast embedded on the right explains the differences between the technologies and how UC will continue to impact the future of communications.

  • virtual meeting room

    A virtual meeting room is a cloud-based collaboration space that allows people in disparate geographical locations to meet in real time.

  • virtual phone number

    A virtual phone number is a telephone number is used to route calls to the user's actual phone number or numbers.

  • vishing (voice or VoIP phishing)

    Vishing is an electronic fraud tactic in which individuals are tricked into revealing critical financial or personal information to unauthorized entities... (Continued)

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