While ITEXPO (News - Alert) is commonly regarded as a great place to get insight into the latest moves within the information technology and communications market as a whole, as well as a great place to talk to other industry professionals and potentially make some of those moves, there are also several products to be seen. For the folks at eOn Communications, it's an opportunity to launch a whole new line of products in its newly-minted line of IP telephones.
More specifically, the line will be launched by Cortelco Incorporated, eOn Communications' (News - Alert) wholly-owned subsidiary. Included in the launch will be the D-900 touch screen phone that has an Android base, a new Gigabit phone and an IP phone specifically geared toward the call center. This joins a line of other devices that Cortelco is set to show off at ITEXPO, including a line of analog telephones.
While just what's gone into the making of these new IP phones is being kept somewhat quiet right now—the launch will likely offer full details—the overall design is likely to be at least somewhat similar to the C-Series line from Fanvil, Cortelco's partner. Cortelco has exclusive North American rights to the devices, so suggesting that the D-900 will be at least fairly similar to the C-Series probably isn't too far out of line, though there are likely to be plenty of enhancements and changes to accompany the new design.
The new line is actually well in keeping with overall strategy measures taken recently by eOn Communications. Recently, the company divested its legacy PBX (News - Alert) business entirely in what some describe as a bid to focus harder on IP voice and IP-based security products, as evidenced by the Cortelco lineup.
Supporting this is a set of recent remarks from Stephen Swartz, principle executive officer for eOn Communications, who said “With the recent sale of our legacy PBX business now complete, we are better able to apply our resources in an efficient and focused manner on emerging technologies such as the C-Series, as well as our 2N line of IP based access control and paging products. We strongly believe the C-Series is technically as good as, or better than, competitive offerings but at a more competitive price, which makes it a better overall value for both our distributors and their customers.”
That's a big note of support for those projecting that eOn Communications is focusing harder on IP products, and considering what the D-900 and its cohorts look like from the outset, that should serve as another note. That's plenty of notes, though clearly, it's going to be the official launch at ITEXPO that serves as the truest indicator of what's going on. Those interested in seeing the new line up close and personal, meanwhile, should head out to ITEXPO, August 27 through 29 at the Mandalay Bay Casino and Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cortelco, and by extension eOn Communications, will be at booth #612.
With the gains in IP telephony of late, it's not surprising to see companies make more of a move on products in that vein, and though only time will tell just how well eOn Communications' line does, it should be well worth checking out.
Edited by Blaise McNamee