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VoIP news briefs: Cisco and Jabber, DALCOM, and SMC Networks

Cisco and Jabber team up to improve IM; DALCOM introduces a new dual-mode mobile VoIP phone; and SMC Networks prepares to release new options in its IP telephony solutions portfolio.

Cisco, Jabber take IM to the next level
Presence technology, often discussed as the next level in IP communications, took a step closer to full realization recently when Cisco Systems and Jabber Inc. announced the integration of the Extensible Communications Platform (Jabber XCP) with Cisco's Unified MeetingPlace conferencing solution.

Cisco's Unified MeetingPlace conferencing is an on-network, behind-the-firewall conferencing solution that integrates voice, video and Web conferencing with an enterprise's private voice and data networks. The Jabber XCP's integration with Unified MeetingPlace allows customers to launch Cisco features from within the Jabber Messenger client, encouraging communication and collaboration among users who can see co-workers' availability thanks to presence information utilized in Jabber XCP.

Taylor Collyer, director of product management at Cisco Systems, said, "In the financial services and federal government sectors, where Jabber Inc. and Cisco share common customers, demand is strong for highly secure, premise-based communication and collaboration solutions such as the integrated product we are announcing today."

Jabber XCP's use of real-time presence and messaging also allows people, devices and applications to communicate instantly and exchange streaming Extensible Markup Language (XML) data, the use of which extends the benefits of presence beyond instant messaging (IM).

"By integrating with Cisco Unified MeetingPlace, customers of both companies benefit as the power of presence is extended beyond instant messaging to encompass enterprise-wide voice, video and Web collaboration tools," said Rick Emery, vice president of business development at Jabber.

DALCOM debuts GSM phone at CES
DALCOM demonstrated its new all-in-one DalFon GSM phone at the 2007 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The new mobile phone incorporates a wide screen, has dual-mode features, and is VoIP-enabled with Internet access.

Using VoIP when a Wi-Fi access point is detected, the phone will automatically switch back to regular mobile service when users wander out of range without dropping the call. This feature is intended to help eliminate worldwide roaming charges for global workers.

DALCOM president Fred Hakim said, "There has never been as much growth and excitement in the VoIP industry as we're seeing right now."

SMC Networks to release new IP telephony SMB solutions
In an attempt to better converge the telephony and data networks for small and midsized businesses (SMBs), SMC Networks next month will roll out several new solutions, including a SIP-based IP PBX, VoIP-enabled desktop phones, and ultra-portable 802.11g wireless SIP phones.

The new solutions were designed on the principle that IP telephony and traditional analog telephony will coexist and make the transition to VoIP practical and seamless for SMBs.

The SIP-based SMCPBX10 IP PBX is compatible with IP phones, VoIP gateways and analog telephone adapters. Additional features include four LAN ports, conferencing, auto attendant, voicemail, two-line FXO ports, on-board 256 MB voicemail storage, and external USB.

The two new SIP-based desktop phones, the SMCDSP-200 and the SMCDSP-205, incorporate advanced features with ease-of-use and support the latest audio codecs. They also include a built-in Web interface.

Designed for the mobile user, the new SMCWSP-100 SIP Wi-Fi phone is based on the 802.11b/g standard, allowing users to access both the PSTN and VoIP network.

"We know the value of VoIP because we use it," said Tony Stramandinoli, SMC's vice president of marketing. "We've been using these tools and their prototypes to communicate with co-workers in Taiwan, Spain and the U.K. and are pleased that we can now make these new products available to others as well."

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