Product News: The latest UC products for the week commencing 13 August, 2008

Product News: The latest UC products for the week commencing 13 August, 2008

ARN reviews the latest products

ShoreTel 7.5

This Pure IP unified communication solution offers customers new options for extending corporate communications to mobile workers, increased support for international locations and more reliable switches, while cutting in half the footprint of the previous generation of hardware. Features of this version include ShoreWare Mobile Call Manager, productivity tools for mobile devices, native BRI connectivity, support for 11 languages and 20 countries’ dial plans, an increased capacity, doubling the number of users that can be served from a single switch, three new switches, cutting the footprint in half and enabling more effective use of space, and two new telephones – the ShorePhone IP 265, which features a high-contrast colour display and full duplex speakerphone; and the ShorePhone IP 115, an enhanced entry-level phone with built-in speakerphone. ShoreTel delivers its distributed software architecture on a switch-based appliance that is deployed across a customer’s networks. This combination of a highly reliable embedded appliance and advanced communication capabilities provides enterprise customer a reliable, always-on communication solution.

Distributed by: WhiteGold Solutions

RRP: Free of charge to ShoreTel customers with maintenance contracts

Cisco TelePresence System 500

The smaller footprint of the Cisco TelePresence System 500 has been designed to give organisations the flexibility to deploy within personal offices to support one-on-one meetings, or to join large, multipoint calls. The System 500 delivers the same video, audio and environmental features that create the immersive, face-to-face experience across the entire portfolio. Its streamlined footprint fits private offices for installation with little-to-no room remediation and construction cost, and integrates a 37-inch display, camera, microphone, speakers, and lighting into its design. The system is optimised for one or two users to project themselves at full audio and video quality to any endpoint in a TelePresence meeting, and allows multipoint meetings with up to 48 screens in any combination of endpoints. The System 500 integrates with common enterprise calendaring programs to enable call start and controls and allows data or graphics content sharing through an external monitor, or presentation-in-picture (PIP) format in space-constrained offi ces. When not in a TelePresence call, the System 500 can be used as a secondary PC monitor, or to show video for digital signage.

Distributed by: Cisco

RRP: On application

Pbxnsip V3.0 Office Edition IP-PBX

The pbxnsip Office Edition software IP-PBX is designed for businesses that need to support up to 200 IP phone extensions. The product can be implemented in either Windows or Linux environments, is fully SIP standard compliant and allows users to choose best-of-class hardware components when implementing the corporate communication infrastructure. As well as the PBX feature set, pbxnsip incorporates unified communications functions and the ability to integrate with Microsoft Exchange 2007 Unified Messaging and Office Communications Server 2007. The options for enhancing business communications workflows and productivity include integrated office extension/cell phone ‘call forking,’ extension ‘hot desking,’ automatic presentation of extension voicemail messages to cell phone via a PBX-generated call, shared Presence information and Instant Messaging, and the ability to manage Outlook components such as calendars, appointments and tasks via a speech recognition interface remotely via IP or mobile phone. Pbxnsip is supplied in flexible license packs designed for small offices through to large corporates, and call centre, hosted telephony and ITSP dedicated version license packs are also available.

Distributed by: Alloy Computer Products

RRP: from $803 (10 extension/ 10 account pack)

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