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Microsoft LiveMeeting

October 12, 2005

Plantronics Voyager 510S

September 30, 2005

I have been using the Plantronics Voyager 510S for over a month. I have used the headset every day and night during this time. I wanted to put it through its paces before writing about it. The precise product I have is the Plantronics Voyager 510S Bluetooth Headset System as it says here on the box.

The headset itself works with both an office phone and your bluetooth enabled phone/device.

IP Conferencing and Collaboration

September 15, 2005

Check our new IP conferencing and collaboration channel on TMCnet. I really like the design of this site. It just went live today and am sure it will get lots of attention from the many people looking for news on the IP conferencing and collaboration market.

It seems that with gas prices going higher and higher, market growth has nowhere to go but up, up, up.

Rates Technology and Alcatel

August 25, 2005

In my blog entry on Rates Technology Inc I mentioned Alcatel as in default. Specifically:

After it became impossible to get them covered, RTI recently filed suit for willful patent infringement against Centrepoint Technologies, Inc. for much less money than Mitel and Alcatel (they certainly are a smaller company).

Mitel Networks was sued for $945 Million; Alcatel was sued for $1.155 Billion; and their default is pending in USDC EDNY. Hello Direct, GN Netcom and GN had been sued by RTI for patent infringement, and they recently settled with RTI; the terms are being kept confidential

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Since that time I have learned the court has vacated the default meaning it is now in the hands of California courts since Alcatel sued Rates Technology Inc. first in California.





Avaya Touts Just in Time Communications

August 4, 2005

TMC's VoIP Developer show was abuzz this morning as Scott McKechnie, Avaya's director of application enablement services in the converged systems division spoke about the opportunities available o developers in the VoIP market. He mentioned the systems integrator space holds a lot of promise and this is something I hear a great deal.

He gave an amazing example of an application they built for a railroad hauling nuclear waste across the country. At every stop in every small town the police have to block off the railroad tracks to ensure there is no car accident with the trains carrying waste.

Avaya worked with the railroad company and integrated a system that merged the company's GPS receivers in the trains to a communications system that automatically calls the sheriff in each town ahead of schedule to tell them that they need to protect the railroad crossing. The sheriff's office has to press a button to signify they understand the message.

In case of derailment, the system launches a conference with the appropriate people, notifies emergency services and does whatever else is needed.





Silk, Open Source Collaboration

June 22, 2005

This is the first I have heard about open source collaboration software. This is an area ripe for such a solution as many of the competitive options are so expensive. Silk could become a killer app like Asterisk.


New open-source collaboration software, Silk, aims to increase productivity and decrease operational costs across organizations

By using Silk companies can effectively organize large quantities of information through one central and open platform delivering the "context for collaboration"










SAN DIEGO, CA – June 22, 2005 – Akiva Corporation, the premier provider of enterprise-wide open collaboration solutions, today announced the first commercial release of Silk www.silk-project.org. This software, which has been available in beta release since late 2004, is the first comprehensive open source collaboration solution built to demanding enterprise J2EE software standards.

Rates Technology Inc.

April 19, 2005

I have been hearing more and more rumblings in the VoIP industry regarding Jerry Weinberger of Rates Technology Inc. (RTI). I don't get too many people coming to me about patent issues so when I heard about this company, I decided to delve into this potential story a bit more. What intrigued me is that apparently RTI has no products... They exist to collect revenue from other companies.

I did some research and found that Rates Technologies has sued Nortel, Sharp Electronics and others.

JITC Response

April 4, 2005

Here is an e-mail I received in response to my Just In Time Communications editorial. Art Rosenberg is one of the most experienced communications analysts in the industry.

Rich,

I'm glad to see you taking up the battle to change our woefully inadequate terminology to describe how people should communicate with others or be contacted by automated application services in a converging multi-modal communications environment.

You are on the right track by starting to focus on the relative priorities of the contact initiator vs. those of the recipient. These priorities will realistically start to come into alignment with the power of SIP which can enable end-to-end presence, availability, and last, but not least, modality management.





Just In Time Communications

April 4, 2005

With all the progress we've made in the last two decades with respect to communications, including telecom deregulation, the fax machine, cellular phones, e-mail, chat and WiFi, communications is essentially more inefficient than it was at any time in the last ten years.

One may argue that the advent of the cellular phone was a boon for productivity and efficiency and e-mail further allows us to communicate more effectively. The reality is that the more devices and modes of communications we invent, the more inefficient we become. An inordinate amount of time is spent trying to find each other in this world where everyone is supposed to be connected 24x7.

In order to contact a person today it is necessary to call their office phone, cell phone, home phone, VoIP phone, send them an e-mail, an IM, call their secretary and so forth until you connect. Assuming you can't find them, you have left a trail of possibly incomplete e-mails, IM messages and voicemails in different mail boxes.



Inter-Tel Unified Communicator 3.0

April 4, 2005

Inter-Tel purchased conferencing and collaboration company Linktivity a while back and has now integrated much of the functionally in the Linktivity products into version 3.0 of their Unified Communicator product. With this release, you can have an ad-hoc web meeting and collaboration. You can share your desktop, take advantage of whiteboarding and stream video back and forth as well. Oh yes, you can send files as well.

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