A range of new products has been created to allow transparent roaming between cellular and corporate networks, including a Wi-Fi / cellular dual-system mobile phone.
Motorola, Avaya and Proxim have announced a collaboration project aimed at the development and implementation of new converged solutions concerning cellular telephony, Wireless Local Area Networking (WLAN) networks and Internet Protocol (IP) telephony capable of ensuring new levels of network connectivity and mobility in communication. These solutions will be supported by a wide range of new products, including a Wi-Fi / cellular dual-system mobile phone developed by Motorola, and SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) compatible IP telephony software developed from Avaya and the WLAN infrastructure for voice communication created by Proxim.
The solutions developed jointly by the three partners will support voice and data services for corporate networks, mobile phone networks and public WLAN hotspots based on 802.11 technology, now universally known as Wi-Fi.The convergence between these technologies will allow significant cost savings, higher levels efficiency and increased communication skills.
The savings will be achieved through the reduction of network management costs, lower usage fees and the consolidation and reduction of the devices used. An increase in efficiency will derive from the increased mobility allowed by wireless access to networks, information and applications from inside and outside of corporate areas. These solutions will also ensure superior communication capabilities, including the ability to make on-demand conference calls and voice access to business applications such as email, diaries and corporate directories.
"With this collaboration, a new frontier in mobile communication for companies opens," said Michael Thurk, Group Vice President of Avaya's Converged Systems and Applications Group. "Companies demand increasingly greater operational results from their communication networks, and this converged solution represents a natural extension of Avaya's enterprise approach, focused on advanced MultiVantage features such as Extension-to-Cellular."
"Motorola believes that integrating wireless LAN, IP telephony and cellular phone technologies into a single device will increase the mobility of cellular networks within companies by providing users with the best possible access," he explained. Dan Coombes, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Motorola's Network Systems Group.
"Both Avaya and Proxim are leaders in their respective sectors and the collaboration with these two companies will lead to the creation of integrated networks capable of ensuring customers connectivity available everywhere".
"As the only manufacturer of wireless networks that can offer integrated end-to-end connectivity, our company is one of the strongest supporters of converging solutions like this," said Angela Champness, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the LAN Division. by Proxim. “Having already integrated VoIP technology into our wireless WAN products, this is the most logical step in the development of our WLAN networks. Companies will benefit from higher levels of staff productivity and substantial savings, guaranteed by converging networks capable of scaling without limitations ".
Converged infrastructure solutions address a new corporate market that requires key technologies to optimize the performance of corporate communications. The IP telephony application supported by Avaya MultiVantage, a software capable of ensuring reliable and scalable communications. Motorola will develop the components of MobilityManagement network for the control of cellular and local WLAN networks, while Proxim will provide the Wi-Fi WLAN infrastructure for voice communications, the software for QoS parameters (Quality Of Service) and the centralized management systems aimed at facilitating interactions with access points.
Proxim's Wi-Fi WLAN for voice communications and Avaya's SIP-compatible communications applications will be available in the first few months of this year, while testing of the joint solution will begin in the second half of the year.