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May 19, 2009

Sagem-Interstar Demonstrating its IP Fax Solutions at Interop Vegas

By Patrick Barnard, Group Managing Editor, TMCnet

Is your company still using traditional fax? Do you ever look at all the reams of paper sitting in your recycle cans or trash bins and wonder if there’s a less wasteful solution? Have you ever been stunned by the high cost of fax communications after you get your monthly phone bill? Have you ever wondered how much productivity could be improved if your employees didn’t have to get up and down from their desks all day to retrieve faxes? Are you concerned about the security of your sensitive faxed documents, some of which sit at the fax machine for hours, for all eyes to see, before they are retrieved? And what about fax system downtime – do you find your system is high maintenance and thus unreliable?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions then it’s time to get on board with an advanced IP fax system from Sagem-Interstar (News - Alert). Especially if your company has already migrated to a VoIP architecture, and even more especially if you have migrated to a Cisco environment, you are missing out on a prime opportunity to reduce operational expense and boost employee productivity through the advanced features and capabilities that Sagem-Interstar’s IP fax solutions bring. In fact, most companies that have migrated to VoIP, or which are planning to, are now looking at IP fax as a means to get greater value and higher return on investment out of their IP networks.
Sagem-Interstar, a Cisco (News - Alert) partner, is demonstrating its IP fax solutions this week at Interop Vegas -- including the company’s Cisco Application eXtension (AXP) 1.1.1 and Cisco Unified Communications (News - Alert) Manager (CUCM) 7.0 FoIP server solutions.
The company claims its Cisco AXP–XMediusFAX FoIP offering is the first and only global IP fax server solution to run inside the Cisco Integrated Services Router (ISR), which houses the Cisco AXP. It includes robust support for advanced FoIP deployments in disaster recovery and branch survivability scenarios.
Sagem's XMediusFAX 6.0 IP fax server survivability solutions can be customized to address a wide range of system availability and business continuity objectives. This safeguards organizations against the potentially high costs and negative impact of fax downtime at corporate headquarters or the branch level.
“Sagem-Interstar’s green-optimized XMediusFAX is among the first global software applications to undergo stringent testing and certification in the recently launched Cisco AXP certification program,” said Jean Champagne, general manager at Sagem-Interstar, in a release. “We have been working very closely with Cisco to ensure XMediusFAX complies rigorously with all of Cisco’s key evolving requirements in enterprise unified communications, branch optimization, and reduction of networking costs and complexities.”
For information on how XMediusFAX seamlessly integrates within the latest Cisco AXP, Cisco Unified Communications Manager (CUCM 7.0) and H.323 or SIP infrastructures, click here.
Sagem-Interstar also recently participated in the virtual Cisco IT Innovations Forum on Thursday, May 7. During the event, representatives from two of Sagem-Interstar's customers, Van Meter Industrial and The Cardiovascular Group, talked about how the company's IP fax solutions have helped them cut costs and boost employee productivity. You can check out these compelling video testimonials, which are archived here.
Sagem-Interstar, a division of Sagem Communications (News - Alert), also recently introduced OpenLine and OpenScribe, two new complimentary "plug and play" server appliances for secure routing, cost-effective faxing, document management and archiving. These new rack-mounted appliances leverage existing IT investments through open compatibility with multifunction peripherals (MFPs) and information systems.
OpenLine is an SME-optimized fax management server designed for total security and audit traceability. It facilitates secure fax communications, routing, and search and retrieval directly from the desktop to boost productivity and save time. This server offers scalability, redundancy, disks using RAID technology, and secure authentication. With it, business can reduce risks because documents are backed-up electronically. What’s more, compatibility with MFPs means users can send, receive, scan, index, and automatically archive incoming and outgoing faxes.
OpenScribe handles secure document management and archiving and is also designed with SMEs in mind. It also tracks the lifecycle of every document, therefore helping companies meet regulatory compliance through audit traceability. It’s automatic inbound document processing and routing increases productivity – plus it can be easily integrated with third-party and office applications.

Patrick Barnard is a contributing writer for TMCnet. To read more of Patrick’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jessica Kostek

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