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Johanne Torres[February 21, 2005]

AudioCodes, Vail and Microsoft Partner to SIP-Enable Speech Server


Voice over Packet (VoP) technology and Voice Network products provider AudioCodes and Vail Systems, a provider of SIP-based IP telephony platforms, speech apps and hosting services, today announced availability of a set of SIP-based product bundles to enable development and deployments for Microsoft’s Speech Server 2004. The new product bundles consist of the newly certified version of the Vail SIP Telephony Interface Manager (TIM) for Microsoft Speech Server 2004 and either an AudioCodes TP-260/SIP or an AudioCodes Mediant 2000 VoIP Media Gateway. These bundles offer Microsoft Speech Server developers and integrators a combination of software and hardware products that are ready-to-deploy, leveraging SIP to enable higher performance, distributed and scalable speech applications.

"We're pleased to see two premier vendors partner in enabling SIP-based speech applications,” said James Mastan, director of marketing for Microsoft's Speech Server product group. "The availability of the SIP bundle today will protect customer investments in traditional TDM telephony systems while providing an evolution path to future Microsoft SIP based products."

AudioCodes' TP-260/SIP offers sellers and integration partners a PCI-based digital media gateway board for enhanced voice services and enterprise applications. Offered in densities of 1, 2, 4 and 8 E1/T1s on a single PCI slot, the TP-260/SIP is an excellent building block for space- saving single-server enterprise solutions. The TP-260/SIP supports a range of central office and PBX TDM protocols including ISDN, CAS and E1R2 signaling. Leveraging an on-board SIP stack, the TP-260/SIP eliminates the need for PCI drivers and associated operating system compatibility issues.

"The bundle of the Vail SIP TIM and AudioCodes SIP media gateways enables developers to immediately leverage SIP in creating powerful distributed speech applications based on Microsoft Speech Server 2004", said Lior Aldema, VP of Marketing for AudioCodes. "As the speech marketplace continues to mature and further adopt SIP, AudioCodes hopes to enable the evolution with a wide range of gateway and transcoding enabling technologies."

AudioCodes' Mediant 2000 is a stand-alone digital media gateway in a 19 inch-wide 1U package. Offered in densities of 2, 4, 8 and 16 E1/T1s, the Mediant 2000 is ideal for distributed systems that require a separate media gateway or geographical diversity. Sharing a common software base with the TP-260/SIP, the Mediant 2000 also supports SIP and a range of central office and PBX TDM protocols including ISDN, CAS and E1R2 signaling

"Vail is pleased to announce this offering with our long-time partner AudioCodes," said James Whiteley, President and CEO of Vail Systems. "Their industry-leading PSTN/VoIP gateway products provide Microsoft Speech Server and Vail SIP TIM customers even more deployment options at highly competitive price points compared to TDM-only alternatives."

The Vail SIP TIM enables enterprises to connect Microsoft Speech Server 2004 to industry standard SIP-based VoIP telephony equipment including AudioCodes SIP Gateway cards and systems. Meeting Microsoft's high performance standards, the Vail SIP TIM combines excellent service quality with the compelling business value of standards-based IP communications.

The AudioCodes Gateway/Vail SIP TIM bundles are available from Alliance Systems on their Web site. Alliance Systems offers the bundles, Microsoft Speech Server 2004 software and a number of Intel-based servers in many integrated and ready-to-install configurations.

For more info about AudioCodes and demos, please visit their booth—number 315, at our Internet Telephony Conference & EXPO Spring 2005 held in 400 South East Second Avenue
Miami, Florida on February 22-25. 2005.

AudioCodes Ltd.

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

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