Monthly Archives: December 2003


December 30, 2003


Revolutionary SIP Gateway Appliance Honored Once Again by Internet Telephony Magazine.


STOCKHOLM, December 22, 2003 – Ingate® Systems Inc., the leading supplier of SIP-capable enterprise firewalls and SIP appliances, today announces that the SIParator 20, a unique device that connects to an existing network firewall to seamlessly enable the traversal of SIP communications, has won Internet Telephony magazine’s prestigious Product of the Year Award. This is the second time Ingate SIParators have been honored by Internet Telephony as Product of the Year.

Unlike Ingate’s current SIParator products, the SIParator 20 is made specifically for small businesses looking to SIP-enable their network quickly and at unprecedented value. Once connected to the existing enterprise structure, the Ingate SIParator 20 will allow even the smallest company to utilize SIP applications such as Internet telephony or VoIP, instant messaging, presence, video or any number of SIP-based real-time communications. In addition, because the SIParator 20 integrates with security architecture already in-place, small businesses can reap the benefits of SIP-based communications without losing previous investments in firewall security.

“Ingate’s SIParator 20 is a revolutionary product that reflects the creativity that has become Ingate’s signature in the SIP, IP telephony and session border controller industries. Ingate is clearly deserving of leadership status, and we’re proud to reward their hard work and innovation with a Product of the Year Award for 2003,”said Rich Tehrani, president of TMC and group editor-in-chief of Internet Telephony, the premier publication in the burgeoning IP telephony industry.

“We are thrilled to be honored yet again by Internet Telephony with the prestigious Product of the Year Award. Ingate’s SIParators are truly unique and cutting-edge products. They demonstrate our commitment to bringing SIP-based person-to-person communications to every enterprise, large and small,” said Olle Westerberg, Chief Executive Officer, Ingate Systems.

Brix Networks announces Service Assurance Solution

December 17, 2003


Brix NetworksCompany’s New BrixMon Software Provides Proactive Performance Monitoring Of IP Telephony Networks And Applications.


CHELMSFORD, Mass. — December 16, 2003 —Brix Networks, the trusted provider of real-time service assurance solutions to operators of service-centric networks, today announced BrixMon (TM), the company’s new performance management and service assurance software offering specifically designed for large enterprise networks.

BrixMon provides network administrators with proactive, end-to-end verification of their IP-based networks and applications, including Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), video, Virtual Private Network (VPN) access, and Web services. It affords remote visibility into service performance across the enterprise LAN and WAN, including branch offices, through the management of a network of software-based Brix Verifier Agents or optional hardware Brix Verifiers.

A secure, central-site software system, BrixMon provides automatic test threshold auditing, compliance analysis, sophisticated real-time and historical reporting capabilities, storage for performance data, and Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for integration with various third-party management tools. BrixMon offers carrier-class reliability and scalability as it delivers a streamlined performance deployment environment especially for enterprises. The system supports the enterprise-standard Windows 2000 operating system, and embeds Oracle’s database management system for transparent installation and management.

BrixMon also sports a powerful, Web-based provisioning, monitoring, and reporting user interface. The easy-to-use BrixMon user interface provides a comprehensive reporting interface designed to effectively troubleshoot network operational issues, monitor network and application performance in real time, and mine historical performance data for trends. Users can choose from among a suite of pre-configured Quick Reports or create Custom Reports, while Executive Reports provide a host of bottom line-focused performance summaries.

BrixMon software supports a complete set of modular, extensible, plug-in test suites for measuring today’s IP-based services, plus network connectivity and traffic monitoring. In addition to active tests that simulate end-user transactions, BrixMon also supports tests that passively monitor network traffic. All tests can be customized to meet the precise testing requirements of an organization, and are automatically downloaded to the testing endpoints deployed throughout the enterprise.

Proactive performance management, through the continuous evaluation of easy-to-set warning and failure thresholds, gives enterprise network managers the opportunity to reroute traffic or reapportion resources and avoid degradations in service levels before their users are affected. With the optional BrixMon Alerting Package, operators can choose to be notified via e-mail, page, and SNMP traps, or to monitor the user interface for current information on IP service “hotspots.”

“Brix Networks’ real-time performance monitoring solutions provide comprehensive network and application coverage,” said Jay Mohr, network manager at the Los Angeles-based Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, a Brix customer. “Brix products allow enterprise users to assess the performance impact of IP services on their networks — and on the other critical services being delivered — before, during, and after implementation.” “BrixMon will help empower IT organizations in large enterprises with flexible and detailed analyses of IP services, including VoIP, that have significant wide area requirements,” said Dennis Drogseth, vice president at Enterprise Management Associates, an industry research firm that specializes in network management software and services. “BrixMon can then map these analyses in an automated fashion to service level requirements to prioritize their impact on business. This should help IT further evolve towards enhanced business alignment and control, as IT becomes more and more like a functioning and accountable service provider within the larger business.”

VoIP Service Testing

The optional BrixMon Advanced VoIP Test Suites enable network managers to perform pre-deployment testing, ongoing performance monitoring, and troubleshooting of VoIP networks and applications. The targeted Advanced VoIP Test Suites provide performance and quality tests for Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), H.323, or Cisco Skinny Client Control Protocol (SCCP) networks. Detailed test results pinpoint key VoIP quality factors, including call setup, media transmission performance, and voice quality.

Video Conferencing and Streaming Testing

In order for network administrators to control the performance of video services, key quality indicators – like service availability, session initiation, and video transmission quality – must be measured. The optional BrixMon Advanced Video Test Suite provides objective measurements of these quality-impacting factors, including one-way and round-trip latency, jitter, packet and frame loss, rebuffering time, server redirects, bandwidth utilization, and more.

BrixMon software delivers carrier-class functionality, reliability, and scalability and provides enterprise network administrators with complete, end-to-end, service assurance and performance management of multiple IP services from a single system.

Motorola’s VIAMOTO to use Rhetorical Speech Syn. Tech.

December 17, 2003


Companies team up to deliver superior in-car navigation leveraging the power of GPS-enabled mobile phones.

Scotland – December 15th, 2003 – Rhetorical, a leading developer of text-to-speech technology, today announced an agreement with Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) to provide speech synthesis software for use with Motorola’s VIAMOTO products. Motorola’s VIAMOTO products and solutions allow consumers to easily access location-specific information and turn-by-turn directions on wireless devices.

Offering a wide range of voices in different languages, regional accents, and speaking styles, Rhetorical’s text-to-speech engine rVoice produces voice guidance instructions that are created and delivered to a GPS-enabled mobile phone with both speakerphone capability and VIAMOTO software. A desirable alternative to standard in-car navigation systems utilizing permanently installed CD-ROM software, customers rely on the VIAMOTO system with rVoice technology for concise, up-to-date voice guidance contributing to easy and confidant navigation both in and out of the vehicle.

VIAMOTO users select their destination in one of three ways; either by calling an operator, using the phone keypad, or through a web interface. The voice directions for a route are then determined by VIAMOTO servers, downloaded and stored in the phone. The directions from the current GPS location to the destination are then automatically read to the user along the route.

“This agreement reflects our growing reputation in the US and showcases Rhetorical as a key player in the text to speech market,” said Marc Moens, CEO of Rhetorical. “We have worked hard to make sure we have the best text-to-speech system and we are delighted that Motorola has chosen to work with Rhetorical.”

The VIAMOTO solution is currently launching nationwide in the United States with AVIS rent a car where users can experience state of the art voice navigation through the “Avis Assist” option when they hire a vehicle. The Avis Assist service is currently available for rent in more than 20 US cities including Dallas, Washington D.C., Boston, and Newark.

Level 3 Expanding Voice Termination For U.S. & Euro Customers

December 17, 2003


level3IP Interface for Voice Traffic Reduces Customers’ Capital Expenses And Fixed Network Costs

BROOMFIELD, Colo., December 15, 2003 – Level 3 Communications, Inc.(Nasdaq:LVLT) announced today that it is significantly expanding the softswitch-based voice termination service it offers to PTTs, inter-exchange carriers and other companies operating in North America and Europe.

The service will benefit wholesale voice customers by enabling them to hand off traffic directly to Level 3 using an IP interface, lowering their fixed network costs and capital expenses.

“With this new capability, carriers will be able to offload voice traffic to the Level 3 network simply by activating an IP port in any of 18 different markets across North America and Europe,” said Jack Waters, president of Global Softswitch Services for Level 3. “That will allow our customers to avoid the high cost of interconnection associated with TDM-based switching and network architecture. As importantly, it will enable them to offer voice and other services out of region without the burden of a significant, up-front capital outlay. We have seen real interest in the new service from our existing voice customer base, and believe it offers increasing potential for revenue growth as carriers around the world continue moving to voice-over-IP.”

Level 3 first began offering its (3)Voice TerminationSM service in December 1999. Rather than using traditional circuit switches inside its network, Level 3 deployed softswitch technology that converts voice signals into IP packets and back again when the call is handed off to the public switched telephone network. The softswitch, which uses a server-based platform and specialized software, fits Level 3’s native IP architecture and delivers the functionality of a circuit switch with a much lower cost structure. Level 3 can terminate voice traffic in hundreds of cities across North America.

Level 3’s expanded voice capability will allow IP-to-IP interconnection with the Level 3 network at the high levels of security required for voice traffic, and the company’s MPLS network technology will deliver industry-leading quality of service for voice customers. The capability is scheduled to be generally available by the end of the first quarter of 2004.

The service is being expanded through the use of existing IP ports initially installed by Level 3 to support its (3)Flex data networking service, meaning little incremental capital was required to implement the new capability. The IP interface for voice traffic will initially be available in 14 U.S. cities and four European cities on the Level 3 network. The company plans to expand the capability to more than 75 U.S. and European cities by the end of next year.