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Johanne Torres[July 27, 2004]

Motorola Converges VoIP, PBX & Wireless in One

BY RICH TEHRANI


Motorola, Inc. (news - alert - quote) just announced the availability of a number of new devices enabling voice and 802.11 bundled in a single product. They are converging Voice over IP (VoIP) (define - news - alert - tutorial) and wireless as well, and calling it Seamless Mobility. 

The company released a new product, the CN620 which is a dual-network (GSM and WiFi) Mobile Office Device (or MOD, in Motorola speak). This device works with software from Avaya (news - alert) over the Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) (define - news - alert) to provide true WiFi telephony (news - alert - tutorial) . This being a SIP-based solution, means that presence is built-in.  

This service allows the ability to quickly terminate a call that is wireless and continued it in the wired world, enabling the call parties to have an uninterrupted communication experience. The CN620 has all the features you would expect from a wired PBX extension such as placing multiple calls on hold. However, the product goes way beyond wired PBX’s as it offers bonus access to e-mail, and a variety of portable office information as needed.  

The device acts as a hybrid phone/Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) (define - news - alert) allowing access to typical contact info, but locally. Unit also allows the device to roam between access point and access point and subnet to subnet while taking four phone calls at a time, placing them on hold as needed and conferencing them in an ad-hoc network. 

Smart network sensing is a technology the phone uses to give priority to the WiFi network. So as you become more productive you also save communications cost. Of course, reduced moves, adds and changes are inherent in every VoIP call. You also have a reduced number of devices as you don’t need a separate PDA. The device does everything a typical PDA does, integrating all the benefits of mobile communications technology. 

Motorola currently supports GSM (define - news - alert) providers at this time.

The all-in-one device will be available for corporate distribution only.

 

 

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