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October 04, 2010

ITEXPO: Ingate Event Panelists Talk About SIP Everywhere

By Paula Bernier, Executive Editor, IP Communications Magazines

Vinton Cerf made headlines in the late 1990s when he wore a T-shirt that read: I P on Everything. At today’s SIP Trunk UC Summit sponsored by Ingate Systems (News - Alert), panelist David Yedwab of Marketing Strategy & Analytics Partners suggested that the father of the Internet might now modify that garment to read: SIP on Everything.

Yedwab says that’s because it’s SIP that is enabling the IP-ization of everything.

Another panelist, Marc Robins (News - Alert), president and managing director of the SIP Forum, said that while SIPconnect 1.1 is still voice-centric, the SIP Forum is working on SIP implementations related to a variety of applications. That includes SIP implementations related to the smart grid.

“We also are looking at video right now very intently,” said Robins.

Driving the adoption of SIP is SIPconnect, the SIP interoperability effort driven by the SIP Forum (News - Alert). SIPconnect specifies a reference architecture for SIP, narrowing implementation rules and guidelines around SIP implementation.

“There are multiple choices within SIP to do one thing,” Robins notes. SIPconnect address that problem by providing a universal approach to SIP trunking. That enables SIP solutions to more easily be put in place to eliminate gateways and extend VoIP benefits, offer optimized quality of service, and provide security for applications.

SIPconnect 1.1 aims to strengthen must vs. should implementations, offer call transfer expansion, address implicit vs. explicit register issues, and UM issues for 2.0, says Robins.

The forum is now working with the IETF’s Martini group on SIPconnect 1.1, which is expected to be finalized in the next month or two.

 “We’re really living in an all-IP world,” says Robins.

Most PBXs today are IP enabled, and many of pure IP-based, he adds. In fact, more than 70 percent of all PBXs sold today are now IP-enabled, he says.

 “This is a sea change, basically, in the marketplace,” Robins continued.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi


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