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June 29, 2009

Sagem-Interstar's IP Fax Solutions Now Certified Interoperable with Global Crossing's SIP Trunk Services

By Patrick Barnard, Group Managing Editor, TMCnet

IP fax solutions provider Sagem-Interstar recently announced that its XMediusFAX fax server software is now certified interoperable with Global Crossing’s SIP trunking services.

This means international companies using Global Crossing’s (News - Alert) SIP trunking services can readily and affordably deploy Sagem-Interstar’s fax server software organization-wide and significantly lower their fax communications costs. What’s more, they’ll be able to reap the productivity-enhancing features and capabilities of Sagem-Interstar’s (News - Alert) IP fax systems.

In most cases organizations will be able to deploy IP fax without having to invest in additional hardware or infrastructure. Sagem-Interstar’s XMediusFAX fax server software runs natively in Cisco (News - Alert) environments, meaning that it can be installed on the main router on the company LAN or WAN, and thus does not require additional investment in a new fax server.

This will be particularly attractive to companies using Global Crossing’s managed network services and have already migrated to VoIP. With Sagem-Interstar’s (News - Alert) XMediusFAX fax server software, users in a global organization can send and receive faxes between office and branch locations in almost any country for a fraction of the cost of sending traditional faxes over regular phone lines.
With traditional fax, a fax machine must establish a connection with another machine over a telephone line and keep that connection open until the document is scanned, transmitted and reproduced on the other end. Depending on the number of pages to be faxed, that can be a long and expensive connection for a company, especially one doing business overseas. Multiply that times a high volume of faxes and easy to see how traditional fax can quickly become a major business operating expense.

With IP fax, scanned documents are converted into PDF or TIFF files, which are then sent as attachments to a recipient’s email address, thus significantly speeding transmission time and reducing telecommunications costs. However, unlike regular email, the faxed document is secure and verifiable.

One huge advantage of IP fax is the fact that it does not require an employee to get up from their desk each time they need to send or receive a fax. IP fax is also inherently more secure than traditional fax, and as such helps companies meet increasingly stringent compliance requirements. For example, with traditional fax, faxed documents can sit on the fax machine for hours or even days after they are received – for all prying eyes in the office to see – whereas with IP fax only the intended recipient sees the document
The Global Crossing initiative is part of Sagem-Interstar’s ongoing effort to achieve interoperability with leading SIP Trunk providers as well as IP-PBX gateway vendors.

Sagem-Interstar – which recently participated in the 2009 Cisco Virtual Partner Summit - made news in May when it announced that its XMediusFAX boardless T.38 FoIP server solutions are now certified compatible with Avaya Communication Manager 5.1 and Avaya Media Gateways.
Sagem-Interstar is a Gold member of the Avaya DevConnect (News - Alert) program and thus works with Avaya developers to ensure seamless interoperability between the companies' products. In so doing it extends the value of its IP fax solutions.

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

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