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ITEXPO East 2010 - Wish You Were Here

January 18, 2010

ITEXPO East 2010 Press Invite

January 17, 2010

Conan O'Brien Mentioned in ITEXPO Interview

January 16, 2010

Smart Buildings remind me of the CTI/VoIP Opportunity

January 15, 2010

For telecom veterans who were active in the communications space in the nineties you remember the excitement the industry enjoyed when Microsoft and Novell entered the telecom markets with TAPI and TSAPI protocols to interconnect communications systems with computers. The CTI or computer telephony integration space was born when the OS companies realized that by enabling telecom systems to be more tightly integrated with computing, they could in effect start to generate revenue by having new telecom systems built on their open platforms. Prior to this time, any sort of integration cost hundreds of thousands of dollars but CTI solutions based on desktop computers could be built for $10,000 to $15,000.

I couldn't help but think about this market as I read an article on connected buildings from Erin Harrison which resides on the Smart Data Center community.

One Line, Multiple Caller-ID

January 14, 2010

A while back I saw research showing a much higher rate of answered calls if they originate from the same area code. After researching for a while I can't find the source for the information but it is an intuitive assumption so I feel comfortable sharing it with my readers and apologize for not having a source.

I thought about this research when I heard The Flat Planet has a new service which matches the number you call with the Caller-ID information of a local number. Debt collection and outbound call centers are two obvious areas where the service should be of great use.

Interviews With ITEXPO East 2010 Participants

January 13, 2010

Next week's ITEXPO, Jan 20-22nd in Miami promises to be one of the best shows in the communications and technology spaces. When you consider all the knowledge you can absorb at the show with collocated events which portend the future - you just have to be there.

The opportunity to save money on communications, find new products to help you make money and/or boost productivity... The chance to launch a new career and network with the best and brightest - there are many reasons to be in south Florida at ITEXPO and related events: 4G Wireless Evolution -- Digium/Asterisk World -- Smart Grid Summit -- M2M Evolution -- Cloud Communications Summit -- Virtualization Summit -- StartUp Camp Telephony -- SIP Tutorial.

To give you an idea of the sorts of people you can meet at the show and network with, you are welcome to check out the interviews I conducted with a number of the show's participants below:

TMCnet iPhone Site Now Does Video

January 13, 2010

At the last ITEXPO I received many comments from attendees who came to my blog to see videos and could not. You see, for large videos I am forced to compress them and upload them to a Flash player because they are just too large for posting as a traditional iPhone file. It's that dreaded no Flash support Apple tax I keep talking about. Thankfully, we have now solved the problem by upgrading our TMCnet iPhone site.

You can Still Win a Motorcycle and Car at ITEXPO East 2010

January 13, 2010

Today we sent out a confirmation and update regarding next week's ITEXPO and I wanted to make sure my readers were aware of many of the happenings at the show. One of the more interesting questions I get in passing is - "Rich, are you still giving away a car at the show?" The answer is yes, a Honda Element and also a Honda motorcycle.

Pictures and show details follow:



ITEXPO January 20-22, 2010 Miami Beach Convention Center

Collocated with 4G Wireless Evolution -- Digium/Asterisk World -- Smart Grid Summit -- M2M Evolution -- Cloud Communications Summit -- Virtualization Summit -- StartUp Camp Telephony -- SIP Tutorial

CONFIRMATION AND SCHEDULE UPDATE   Dear Rich,

Your registration for ITEXPO is confirmed.





Tehrani at Winter Olympics

January 13, 2010

Google's Energy Ambitions and Smart Grid Implications

January 12, 2010

As I research Google's move into energy, I become fascinated by the idea that Google's influence on our lives may just be beginning. Sure the Google Toilet (video) may not be a real product but analysis of Google's potential in the smart grid market, coupled with the company's Android operating system leads at least one analyst, Jon Arnold to see a bright future of collaboration between smart devices in the home and the electrical grid.

I am sure we can all imagine connectivity between thermostats and a variety of electronic devices in the home which work together to reduce energy consumption. With global arctic temperatures turning arctic -- you may not be convinced global warming is real.

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