Triple Play Interop

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Triple Play Interop

Some news to share involving a test bed that included WiFi, VoIP, VoIP over WiFi, and "triple play"- all important technologies in the VoIP space. Azimuth W-Series was a key component in running performance tests on Wi-Fi handsets and Wi-Fi infrastructure during a what they termed a "first of a kind" interoperability demonstration performed last week at the UNH-IOL. This test is significant because the "triple play" technologies of voice, video and data have rarely, if ever, been combined in an open test and demonstration network simulating how they would actually be deployed in a large corporate LAN serving several offices on a distributed campus.

Here's the news:

Azimuth Systems Inc., innovators in scalable, automated wireless network test systems, today announced that in a "first of a kind" interoperability demonstration performed last week at the renowned UNH-IOL, the Azimuth W-Series was front and center in running performance tests on Wi-Fi handsets and Wi-Fi infrastructure. VoWi-Fi was featured as a highlight of the event, as some of the participating vendors demonstrated that the technology is not just a gimmick, but ready for prime time.

Until now, the "triple play" technologies of voice, video and data have rarely, if ever, been combined in an open test and demonstration network simulating how they would actually be deployed in a large corporate LAN serving several offices on a distributed campus.

"Enterprises are already deploying wireless VoIP, but testing the network readiness has been limited. There is a very strong need to analyze handset behavior, infrastructure capacity and the performance of the system as a whole," said Gerard Goubert, manager of the UNH-IOL wireless and VOX (Voice over Anything) consortiums."For those reasons, the Azimuth VoWi-Fi test suite significantly added to the value of the event."

The test marks the first time that three distinct UNH-IOL testing groups, the laboratory's bridging, wireless and VoX consortiums, were involved in a single event. In addition to running test events such as the triple play enterprise security and services group test, these groups perform industry testing year-round, saving companies money and time to market by providing one-on-one product testing, debugging and troubleshooting in a leading-edge test bed resulting in detailed, confidential reports. Azimuth is a test partner of the lab and has been working with UNH-IOL on joint development and automation of
test suites.

The Azimuth W-Series is the industry's first standardized test platform for system level testing of 802.11 wireless access points, clients and other devices. Designed from the ground up as an off-the-shelf, wireless LAN test platform, W-Series systems provide the ability to configure an entire WLAN network in a bench top chassis designed for complete Radio Frequency (RF) isolation and control. The flexibility and programmability of the W-Series allows for the thorough evaluation of wireless LAN equipment under varying mobility conditions and traffic patterns, as well as precise analysis of the results. The system offers an ideal environment to perform software design validation and to test advanced wireless functionality and performance including the latest IEEE standards.

About the University of New HampshireInterOperability Laboratory:
Established in 1988, the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) is a non-profit organization housed in 32,000 + square feet of laboratory space offering comprehensive interoperability and conformance-based testing in 19 data communication technologies. Test solutions created at the UNH-IOL offer a set of methods to increase interoperability through protocol operations, signaling, point-to-point and multi-system scenarios. For more information, visit the UNH-IOL website at: http://www.iol.unh.edu.

About Azimuth:
Azimuth Systems, Inc. (www.azimuthsystems.com) is an innovator in wireless data communications test solutions. Azimuth's W-Series, the industry's first IEEE 802.11 test platform, sets the standard for wireless data test solutions by allowing system and semiconductor vendors to provide their customers with higher quality products in a shorter time-to-market.Based in Acton, Massachusetts, Azimuth is a leader in defining widely accepted wireless data communications performance metrics and test environments.Founded in 2002, Azimuth is backed by prestigious investors, including Kodiak Venture Partners and North Bridge Venture Partners.



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