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SIPconnect Interface Specification Launched by Cbeyond and Others

February 8, 2005

 

SIPconnectRelease of a new draft “SIPconnect Interface Specification” provides standards-based direct IP peering between IP PBXs and VoIP service provider networks.

Cbeyond Communications and five other IP telephony vendors, Avaya, BroadSoft, Centrepoint Technologies, Cisco Systems, and Mitel, have developed a draft best practices specification to guide interoperability between IP PBXs and VoIP service provider networks.

The rapid deployment of IP PBXs in businesses and the transition to VoIP by service providers has created an opportunity for direct IP peering between IP PBXs and VoIP-enabled service providers which would lower costs, reduce voice latency, and provide for end-to-end SIP signaling for PSTN termination.

The newly released, publicly available SIPconnect Interface Specification leverages the SIP and other IETF VoIP protocols to provide the consistent, industry standards-based approach to interconnection essential to the future of packet-based communications.

Cbeyond Communications, Avaya, BroadSoft, Centrepoint Technologies, Cisco Systems, and Mitel have all indicated their intention to develop products and services that comply with the new draft specification, to the extent that any of their current product lines do not already do so.

They state that SIPconnect specifies a reference architecture, required protocols and features, and implementation rules necessary for seamless peering. It defines a clear and consistent architecture that enables IP PBX vendors and service providers to rapidly and cost effectively deploy VoIP services. They invite the rest of the industry to join and follow them.

VoIP Security Alliance Formed to Reduce VoIP Security Risks

February 7, 2005

 

voipsaAn initial alliance of over twenty industry leaders has been formed to confront any increased security risks inherent in converged voice and data networks.

Formation of the VoIP Security Alliance (VOIPSA) was announced today. Its mission is to help organizations understand and avoid VoIP security risks through discussion lists, white papers, sponsorship of VoIP security research projects, and the development of tools and methodologies for public use.

Backed by a wide spectrum of organizations represented by universities, security researchers, VoIP vendors, and VoIP providers, VOIPSA is solely dedicated to VoIP security. Chaired by TippingPoint, a division of 3Com, charter members include 3Com, Alcatel, Avaya, Columbia University, Enterasys, Ernst & Young, NetCentrex, SecureLogix, Siemens, Southern Methodist University, Spirent, Symantec, and the SANS Institute.

Enterprises are rolling out VoIP to reduce costs and increase operating efficiencies, but once the decision is made to put it at the heart of their business, companies need to address security comprehensively — at the applications, systems and services layers, according to Alliance members.

VOIPSA grew out of TippingPoint’s formation last year of a VoIP Security Research Lab to discover and analyze VoIP threats and is the culmination of efforts to analyze weaknesses and discover new vulnerabilities through functional protocol testing.

TippingPoint hopes to see VOIPSA use and improve a VoIP security testing tool it developed for this purpose.

iQ NetSolutions Delivers Presence in Any-to-Any Communications

November 30, 2004

 

iQ NetSolutions’ VistaPoint Enterprise delivers enterprise-wide presence monitoring and telephony call control across heterogeneous (TDM and IP) communication systems.

iQ NetSolutions, Inc announced the addition of Avaya’s IP Office and MERLIN MAGIX to the list of major vendor PBX solutions with which its VistaPoint Enterprise version 4.0 is compatible.

IQ NetSolutions’ technology is designed to bridge the gap between legacy TDM-based PBXs and new technologies such as VoIP and SIP, to use presence and call control-based applications for real-time presence visibility of every user throughout an enterprise. This will make it possible to instantly connect callers with a requested party for improved customer service and support, says the company.

The VistaPoint Enterprise suite includes productivity applications designed for a variety of users. VistaPoint Console is used by system operators for presence-based call control, while the VistaPoint Companion series offers plug-in applications for Microsoft Outlook and Windows Messenger.

The application-level solution’s strength is that it can be transparently implemented across an enterprise, even in a mixed PBX vendor environment. VistaPoint Enterprise works with all major PBX platforms (TDM and IP) from vendors including Avaya, Cisco, Mitel, Nortel, Siemens and others.

iQ NetSolutions, Inc is a privately owned company headquartered in Westborough, Massachusetts.,