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October 08, 2009

Positron Challenges the Traditional Telephony Board Market with its V-114 PBX PCI Adapter

By Patrick Barnard, Senior Web Editor, TMCnet


Positron Telecommunication Systems Inc.’s V-114 PCI adapter is the first commercially available embedded PBX (News - Alert) PCI adapter based on the open source Linux Project, Asterisk. The standalone solution integrates Linux, Asterisk, echo canceller, Ethernet (for PCI and LAN), telephone ports (FXS) and gateway functionality (FXO) all on a single PCI adapter which the company claims installs simply and easily into any operating system.
The solution, which speaks SIP, provides full PBX functionality on a PCI card, allowing customers to expand their Cisco (News - Alert) Call Manager and other PBX solutions by adding phone extensions, as well as a range of advanced features and functionality including voicemail conversion to e-mail and video integration. It also lets mobile workers make long distance calls through the PBX at local rates. Unlike other card solutions there is no additional hardware setup required.

One factor that will make the solution particularly attractive to small to mid-size companies is that it interoperates with Microsoft (News - Alert) Office Communications Server and Microsoft Exchange Server 2007. When coupled with Microsoft OCS it delivers many of the much-coveted unified communications features and capabilities, including presence, which is ability to see the availability status of other users on the network.

With all of these features and capabilities bundled into a single product, Positron has thrown down the gauntlet and challenged the traditional telephony board market. Competing solutions, many of which were developed more than five years ago, tend to be more cumbersome and are limited to proprietary APIs,whereas Positron’s solution offers a simpler configuration and can be used with any operating system. Traditional telephony PBX boards only provide the telephony interface, plus they often have complicated drivers that can have operating system issues and require a complex installation process that can often lead to failures.

The Positron Telecom solution neatly integrates the PBX, gateway, telephony and IP ports all on a single board and installs as an Ethernet adapter, which makes it operating system independent thus requires no additional drivers. Having a native Ethernet interface built into the PCI card and router allows application developers to focus on SIP based telephony.

The V-114 PCI adapter sports a single compact Flash port; four foreign exchange office (FXO) ports for connection to the PSTN; a single foreign exchange station (FXS) port for connecting a phone or fax machine; hardware-based G.168 echo cancellation chip with up to 128ms tail length; a PCI 2.2-compliant Ethernet interface; and a 10/100Mbps auto MDIX Ethernet port. Codecs supported include G.711 (ulaw & alaw); G.729 (a/b); GSM and Speex.

Positron Telecom recently announced DCS Americas is now an official member of its reseller program. DCS Americas will have a special focus on Latin America.

Patrick Barnard is a contributing writer for TMCnet. To read more of Patrick’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Patrick Barnard


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