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December 08, 2011

IP Multimedia Phone 2011 Recap: Grandstream Networks

By Stefanie Mosca, TMCnet Managing Editor

There is no question that the IP telephony market is here to stay and as more and more companies, whether SMBs or enterprises, move toward an all IP communications environment, the opportunities of utilizing a customizable and unified IP multimedia solution are limitless with the right supplier providing the services.

Grandstream Networks (News - Alert), most commonly known for its IP multimedia phone, with offerings targeted at SMBs, has recently moved into the IP surveillance market over the past two years and according to the company, 2011 proved to be a successful year for the company’s IP surveillance solutions.

As Ernesto Calderon, technical support engineer for Grandstream exclusively told TMCnet, he sees surveillance as a trend that is not only overlooked in the IP industry, but is actually one to keep an eye on. He even went as far as to credit the company’s surveillance line as one of Grandstream’s biggest accomplishments this past year. 

Grandstream holds a unique position in the IP multimedia telephony space as it offers VoIP enabled solutions coupled with surveillance cameras. The IP multimedia phone and camera provider strives to offer its customers cameras that are full-featured and compatible with other IP equipment in the market. Grandstream has released a handful of new models in 2011 alone which all offer high definition quality, are waterproof and IP certified.

To add to its already impressive line of IP surveillance cameras, Grandstream recently announced its latest partnership to expand its product line of cameras with Video Insight’s Digital Video Management Systems.

The GXV3662 Series Fixed Dome IP66 Camera, for example, is a next generation vandal dome high definition IP camera capable of providing a powerful network experience for professional surveillance environments.

In addition, the GXV3500 IP Video Encoder/Decoder features cutting edge H.264 real-time video compression for analog video as well as IP video decoding while simultaneously providing an encoder combination device. 

One challenge that Calderon mentioned seeing as an obstacle in the industry that Grandstream helps to overcome is adapting to the frequency of advancements in IP technology and focusing on being interoperable at all layers of the technology.

It has clearly been a busy year for Grandstream Networks, and as 2011 winds down, Calderon left TMCnet with a few teasers for what to look forward to in 2012, including more advancements and new features added to the company’s successful line of IP surveillance cameras.

One prediction that Calderon mentioned is the VoIP market continuing to advance in terms of opportunities in the cloud. Stay tuned to the IP Multimedia Channel, exclusively on TMCnet, as the New Year unfolds and Grandstream continues to make a name for itself in the IP multimedia telephony market.

Stefanie Mosca is a Managing Editor for TMCnet, with a particular focus in wireless technologies as well as mobile and IP communications. She holds a master's degree in journalism from Quinnipiac University and a bachelor's degree in communication from the University of New Haven. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page or follow her on Twitter (News - Alert) @stefaniemosca.

Edited by Rich Steeves

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