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Johanne Torres[October 7, 2004]

Tehrani�s IP Killer Apps Live Demos!

BY JOHANNE TORRES


�400 years ago Abbott Jean Nollett created the world�s digital network,� that�s how Dave Hattey, VP & general manager for 3COM, Tehrani�s IP Killer Apps session sponsor kicked off his presentation during the third exciting day of the Internet Telephony Conference and EXPO at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. He followed his statement by explaining to the audience how Nollett back then proved that electricity could indeed travel, and �it revolutionized our world,� said Hattey, who has an impressive record of a total of eleven patents under his belt!

 

He went on to describe his vision of the future of our industry, and how VoIP killer apps shape that future. He also believes that video conferencing will become very big in the next few months. Hattey pointed out that in the near future VoIP will play an important role in total convergence of all communication networks. This convergence, he added �will allow endusers to benefit from total call control integrated into all business processes.� Hattey also showed the audience a real live demo during his presentation.

 

�VoIP will transform our world by adding rich presence which will let you manage the access to yourself and how you access others,� he concluded.

 

TMC�s president & conference chairman Rich Tehrani then introduced the companies participating in the live demos. We saw XMediusFax�s Fax over IP product demo, their technology enables users to send real faxes over IP, in a way very similar to sending emails through Outlook. The company reps showed the audience how you can even forward documents by email just as you would do when attaching a document to an email message.

Next up, Keith Weiner from DiamondWare showed the audience two products: Palantir and Wi-Fone. The company gave us the sneak peek of Palantir while it was beta testing it at Internet Telephony Conference and EXPO back in February this year. The enterprise collaboration system offers an always-on 3D stereo multi-conferencing solution integrated with messaging and presence. The base version supports 60 voice + text users. The audience also got a chance to see Wi-Fone, a softphone application for PDAs designed to replace cellular with better quality and fair pricing. Wi-Fone enables voice calls on any standard PocketPC device. Wi-Fone users can make and receive phone calls to or from any PSTN number in the world, using any WLAN infrastructure such as Wi-Fi. Wi-Fone is based on SIP, so it can also connect with any SIP hardware phone, gateway, IP PBX, or service provider. Weiner placed a call using a cellular phone and then compared it to the sound quality of Wi-Phone—many of us concluded that their product voice quality was best.

Todd Landry with Sphere demoed their impressive product interface showing a number of active and inactive users. You can choose how you can route your calls, how you want to be reached, how you want to handle your calls�now we really saw what everyone means by presence.

 

Really cool features Landry showed us included the ability to see a log of all your missed calls on screen, and also a big brother-type of overview of all of your employees or people on your directory, letting you see when they are currently on the phone, in a meeting, and what capabilities they have such as voice, video, conferencing etc. You can also see how much time you spend on hold, and a window pops up bringing back video when you leave hold. Users can also see all the conference bridges and instantly join them too!

 

Following Sphere�s demo came the Interaction client from Vonexus, it also lets users benefit from accessing everyone on their list with a very clever drag and drop directory.

Users can right click and instantly connect via your selection of mode of communication such as cell phone, IM, home phone, etc. With Vonexus� app you can transfer calls to office phones, mobile phones and even home phones. What I found extremely cool to watch was a demo of an actual conference call being recorded, and even sent by email as a simple attachment for those who could not attend.

 

I found this session to be extremely informative, it was a great experience for audience members to see these real killer apps being used live in front of us. Kudos to the companies that had such confidence in their products to demo them live!

Johanne Torres is a contributing editor for TMCnet.com and Internet Telephony magazine. Previously, she was the assistant editor for EContent magazine in Connecticut. She can be reached by e-mail at jtorres@tmcnet.com.






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