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Sagem-Interstar Now a Member of SIP Forum's FoIP Working Task Group
By Patrick Barnard, Group Managing Editor, TMCnet
The SIP Forum (News - Alert) is an industry association with members from leading IP companies. Its mission is to advance the adoption of SIP, a signaling protocol widely used to set up and tear down multimedia communication sessions such as voice, video, and fax calls over Internet Protocol (IP).
The SIP Forum FoIP Task Group is charged with investigating ongoing issues with the deployment of fax services, specifically ITU T.38, in SIP networks.
More specifically, the task group is chartered to:
--Determine what solutions are currently available to address the problem.
--Determine if the problem can be solved within the scope of existing IETF SIP and ITU T.38 Recommendations.
--If the problems can be solved using existing standards by tightening requirements, document the procedures vendors and carriers need to implement in an appropriate SIP Forum Technical Recommendation.
--If, in the judgment of the SIP Forum FoIP WG, existing IETF and or ITU standards need to be modified, develop a strongly worded recommendation to the appropriate Standards Development Organization (SDO) on what the SIP Forum FoIP WG has discovered and recommend appropriate action by the SDO to remedy the issue.
Sagem-Interstar made news yesterday when it announced that its XMediusFAX fax server software is now certified interoperable with Global Crossing’s SIP trunking services. That follows on the company’s announcement in May that its IP fax solutions are now certified interoperable with Avaya Communication Manager 5.1 and Avaya Media Gateways.
Patrick Barnard is a contributing writer for TMCnet. To read more of Patrick’s articles, please visit his columnist page.