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April 17, 2012

New Digital Office Switch Simulator from GL Enables IP Fax Capabilities

By Rich Steeves, TMCnet Managing Editor

In the world of modern communications, some businesses could get overwhelmed by the sheer number of devices needed to keep in contact with customers and partners. From smartphones to softphones, from fax machines to tablets, the amount of communications tools in the arsenal of a typical business is massive. So, when a company releases a solution that can convert a typical PC into a multifaceted communications device, business owners should take notice.

GL Communications (News - Alert), a company specializing in PC-based test, analysis and simulation products, has made available Digital Central Office Switch Simulator (DCOSS) software. The offering is designed to convert a PC into a digital central office switch simulator, PBX (News - Alert) and switch, complete with T1, E1, POTS and VoIP interfaces.

Speaking about the DCOSS, Robert Bichefsky, Senior Manager at GL Communications, said, “A user-friendly graphical interface (GUI), through which complex switching, signaling, and digital transmission functions are easily controlled, provides the ease of operation as well as the flexibility required from telephony test equipment. In addition, the DCOSS provides a user-friendly GUI, remote client access (GUI, CLI, SDK), and scripting with which users can capture the performance of networks in a wide variety of scenarios.”

The DCOSS can be used for verifying signaling protocols including Fax over T1 E1 (V.29, V.33 and V.17) as well as Fax over IP – T.38. It allows for real-time fax call generation/reception simultaneously over all timeslots and includes fax quality assessment. The DCOSS can also combine VoIP protocols and fax simulation in a GL Gateway (News - Alert).

Other features of the DCOSS include: support for voice quality testing, the ability to record and playback PCM voice files simultaneously over all timeslots, the ability to transmit and detect single- or dual-frequency tones simultaneously over all timeslots, and much more.

Edited by Amanda Ciccatelli

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