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October 01, 2008

Canada's Largest Newspaper Publisher Deploys XMediusFAX FoIP Solution

By Michelle Robart, TMCnet Editor


British Columbia’s Pacific Newspaper Group (PNG), a division of Canwest Media Publications, recently selected Sagem-Interstar’s (News - Alert) XMediusFAX Fax over IP (FoIP) technology to streamline and digitize its faxing operations of 54 Canon fax machines connected to a Nortel PBX (News - Alert).
PNG is Canada’s largest newspaper publisher, operating 10 major metropolitan dailies and 23 smaller daily, weekly, and community papers. It also runs a growing interactive media business that includes the and Web sites.
Nearly 60 percent of PNG’s 950 full-time employees use fax on a daily basis, contributing to a daily flow of several hundred to thousands of faxes. PNG handpicked Sagem (News - Alert)-Interstar’s XMediusFAX SP edition fax server software because of its highly available and scalable T.38 FoIP technology, which is also flexible enough to meet future enterprise-wide migration plans to a VoIP infrastructure.
Because of PNG’s heavy fax usage and scalability requirements, selecting XMediusFAX SP proved to offer the best return for PNG’s investment dollar.
By implementing a 12-channel XMediusFAX SP software solution, PNG was able to cost-effectively leverage existing equipment to integrate its Nortel (News - Alert) PBX via a SIP-based AudioCodes gateway, while also eliminating 54 fax machines. As a completely software-based solution, XMediusFAX requires no extra hardware or third-party kits to fax-enable an IP network.
PNG’s new fax landscape includes HP multifunction devices (MFPs) with HP Digital Send Software interoperating successfully with XMediusFAX fax server. By adding a third-party OCR application to the XMediusFAX SP solution, the newspaper’s Classifieds department also no longer needs to manually scan hardcopy faxes to convert them to classified ads, hence allowing for increased employee productivity.
“As our XMediusFAX implementation is an extension of our exchange environment,
our users have very quickly adopted the XMediusFAX and HP MFP alternative to their previous fax environment,” stated Kim Kollman, IT director for PNG.
PNG has successfully streamlined its faxing operations by completely eliminating its fax machines, which resulted in significant savings on analog fax operational and maintenance costs. In addition, the company achieved the ability to add other divisions to the XMediusFAX deployment in the future, and to configure for autonomous management and operations.
Sagem-Interstar will also be hosting a joint Webinar with AudioCodes, an innovative provider of Voice over IP Telephony enabling technology. The Webinar will be held on Wednesday, October 15, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m. PT, and will discuss the benefits behind SIP/T.38 versus traditional TDM-based fax technologies.
In addition, attendees will learn how to integrate Sagem-Interstar’s field-proven XMediusFAX SIP/IP fax solutions with AudioCodes Media Gateways to deliver more efficient and scalable solutions.
Sagem-Interstar is a global innovator in advanced fax server solutions for SIP/IP networking infrastructures. The company’s field proven and standards-based XMediusFAX solutions leverage IP telephony and Unified Communications (News - Alert) (UC) systems to enhance productivity, collaboration and ROI. Deployed worldwide in enterprises and service provider sites since 2002, XMediusFAX is the most mature T.38 fax over IP (FoIP) software on the market.

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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