Cisco Systems, Inc.
170 West Tasman Dr.
San Jose, CA 95134
Web site: www.cisco.com
Cisco's fully integrated dial access system, the Cisco
AccessPath-VS3, merges universal Internet telephony, switching, and high-speed backhaul
routing into one scalable architecture for quick and reliable transmission of toll-quality
voice and fax services over data networks at reduced operational costs. An extension of
the AccessPath product family, the system is equipped with assembled components and an
easy-to-use Web-based configuration tool that enables quick deployment.
telephony service providers (ITSPs) and expanding corporate intranets are expected to
utilize the AccessPath-VS3 for intracompany phone calling and faxing, phone-to-phone
communications through PBXs and key systems, real-time fax to fax exchanges, and
PC-to-phone transmissions. The AccessPath-VS3 offers toll bypass as well as toll-quality
voice transmission, universally accessible voice and fax-mail systems, technology prefix
support, remote zone lookup, and zone management.
The system also maintains Call Detail Records (CDRs), and an integrated H.323
gatekeeper designed to increase reliability and curb user costs. At present, the system
can accommodate 48- to 1008-port capacity for T1 configurations and 60- to 1,260-port
capacity for E1 configurations. It is equipped to accommodate four times its current
density in anticipation of the next generation of AccessPath systems, expected to be
scalable beyond 5000-port capacity.
The AccessPath-VS3 delivers on Quality of Service (QoS) with an availability of
99.99998 percent, leading to less than 6.5 seconds of down time per year. It supports 42
ISDN Primary Rate Interfaces (PRIs) initially with a capacity for up to 168 PRIs. The
product is sent to consumers tested, documented, and assembled with primary components
that utilize the Cisco Dial Access Stacking Architecture. Components include the Cisco
AS5300 platform with voice/fax feature cards, Cisco IOS software, routing and switching
products, a system controller and fully tested system configurations, and optional Cisco
3640 gatekeepers. The AccessPath-VS3 is available in mid-range, high-end, and high-end
dual cabinet configurations.
For more information, contact Cisco at 800-553-6387, or visit their Web site at www.cisco.com.
Solect Technology Group
55 University Ave., 15th Fl.
Toronto, ON MSJ 2H7 Canada
Web site: www.solect.com
The newly released IAF/3 (Internet Administration Framework)
from Solect Technology Group focuses on the emerging IP-based public network by
integrating customer care, service management solutions, and end-to-end billing within a
flexible framework. The product's CORBA-based open architecture allows information to be
shared throughout an organization across multiple servers and enables Service Providers to
enact additional services without upgrading or purchasing new billing systems.
difference between the IAF/3 and its predecessors is its ability to reduce costs to
service providers through flexibility and scalability. While monthly flat fees and timed
connections are no longer sufficient measures of customer usage, the IAF/3 rates and bills
for complex services. Usage-based billing for new IP services like Internet telephony and
video conferencing, as well as traditional services like e-commerce and dedicated access,
is just one way the IAF/3 increases provider revenues. A flexible Web-based graphical user
interface (GUI) to the rating engine allows providers to create, edit, and manage pricing
The IAF/3 focuses on customer care and service management as well, with Java and
Web-based architecture that allows providers to maintain complete control of user account
information. Advanced customer self-care provides customers with billing and account
information as well as immediate access to services without provider involvement, further
reducing costs. The framework also promotes brand loyalty with auto registration that
enables CD promotions and allows providers to cross sell their products. A Provisioning
Data Collector toolkit allows new services to register themselves and offer a configurable
set of features that can be administered and added to existing installations without
Other features of the IAF/3 include electronic customer billing with flexible formats,
support for multiple languages, currencies, and taxation systems, and carrier-class
scalability through joint development with Bellcore. The product also distinguishes itself
by exposing all service attributes including Quality of Service (QoS). And, marketing
drives price management, discounts, and bundles through advanced product management
The IAF/3 will be available to the public in the first quarter of 1999 on Sun
Microsystems and Hewlett-Packard Unix platforms, supporting Windows 95/NT clients. It is
available immediately to charter customers.
For additional information, contact Solect at 416-363-7844 or visit their Web site at www.solect.com.
2540 Route 130
Cranbury, NJ 08512
Web site: www.ariel.com
Enhancing their entry into the small and medium office market,
Ariel Corporation has introduced the RSA400 single-slot PCI-based remote access solution.
This multi-function modem pool provides PC Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and
white box manufacturers with an easy solution for adding as many as eight ports of
V.90-compatible 56-kbps dial-up access to PC servers. The RSA400 enables businesses to add
Internet and remote access, online services, and shared fax services to their networks for
convenient remote networking solutions. It comes with drivers that allow out-of-box
installation under Microsoft BackOffice Small Business Server and Windows NT Server, as
well as a Driver Development Kit (DDK) for installation under other operating systems.
scalable RSA400 is a plug-and-play card available with four or eight 56K modem ports. Its
flexibility allows businesses to install additional RSA400 cards as demand for remote
access increases. The card supports modem and fax sharing, allowing multiple users to
access inbound and outbound data communications. It also allows multilink channel
aggregation, which combines multiple 56K channels to form a single high-speed channel. A
combination of eight channels would allow Internet access at rates of up to 448K.
Simple hardware setup of the RSA400 involves plugging the card into an empty PCI slot
and connecting it to a regular telephone line. A software installation wizard
automatically detects and configures the card. The product can be administered through a
local network or remotely via modem, and uses the Routing and Remote Access Services (RAS)
built into the server running it, including multiprotocol routing, domains, directories,
and multilink PPP channel aggregation. The card also makes use of Windows authentication
and security measures like PAP/CHAP and callback as well as third-party authentication
The RSA400 is available immediately for OEM customers. Pricing starts at $1,195 for the
four-port card and $1,995 for the eight-port modem pool.
Contact Ariel Corporation at 609-860-2900 for additional information or visit their Web
site at www.ariel.com.