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September 17, 2008

ClearOne Debuts MAX IP Response Point at ITEXPO

By Michelle Robart, TMCnet Editor

At the ITEXPO (News - Alert) in Los Angeles, ClearOne will announce today the industry’s first conference phone for the Microsoft Response Point phone system. ClearOne developed the MAX IP Response Point as a tabletop conferencing system that provides high performance sound quality capabilities to users of Microsoft's (News - Alert) popular small business phone system.
Response Point was first introduced by Microsoft in March 2007 as a small business Internet Protocol (IP) phone system supporting voice over IP (VoIP) and traditional analog phone lines. Featuring a voice-activated user interface, the Response Point system runs on hardware available from Aastra, D-Link (News - Alert), and Quanta. The MAX IP Response Point is compatible with all three hardware systems and is the only conference phone available in the market today for the Response Point system.
"ClearOne (News - Alert) is a market leader in high performance group audio and we are excited to offer Response Point users a quality phone conferencing system," said Xuedong Huang, general manager, Microsoft Response Point. "The MAX IP Response Point from ClearOne is a great option for small businesses who want advanced conferencing capabilities."
MAX IP Response Point contains ClearOne's sophisticated HDConference advanced audio processing technologies. Originally developed for professional conferencing systems, HDConference creates crystal-clear audio through technologies such as Distributed Echo Cancellation, noise cancellation, full-duplex audio, first microphone priority, adaptive modeling, and ClearEffect. By pressing the blue Response Point button on the phone's keypad, users are instantly connected to the voice-activated phone system.
MAX IP Response Point delivers expansion capabilities that are unmatched in the industry. Users can daisy-chain up to four complete phones together in order to provide better audio coverage for larger rooms and U-shaped tables. By combining multiple phones, business users benefit not only from multiple microphones at each phone, but also additional loudspeakers and keypads, providing outstanding full-room coverage and control. When all phones are connected, the entire system can be operated using the dial pad of any single phone.
"We are extremely happy to be first to market with a conference phone developed for Microsoft's Response Point phone system," said Zee Hakimoglu, CEO at ClearOne.
"Small businesses comprise the vast majority of U.S. enterprises and the Response Point phone system brings these business owners tremendous cost, performance, and support benefits. The MAX IP Response Point conference phone is the perfect add-on to these systems, giving businesses a powerful audio collaboration tool. We look forward to working with the Microsoft small business channel partners to bring the MAX IP Response Point conference phone into this growing market ecosystem,” explained Hakimoglu.
ClearOne Communications is a communications solutions company that develops and sells audio conferencing systems and related products for audio, video and Web conferencing applications. The reliability, flexibility and performance of ClearOne's comprehensive solutions create a natural communications environment that saves organizations time and money by enabling more effective and efficient communication.
INTERNET TELEPHONY Conference & EXPO — the biggest and most comprehensive IP communications event of the year — is going on this week (September 16-18, 2008) in Los Angeles, California! The show features three valuable days of exhibits, conferences, and networking opportunities you can’t afford to miss. Be sure to check out and blogs from Rich Tehrani, Greg Galitzine, and Tom Keating for news highlights from the show. See you there!

Michelle Robart is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Michelle's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Michelle Robart

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