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WebRTC for Business People - Update

Three or four years ago, when WebRTC was still a strange concept, Tsahi Levent-Levi wrote a paper called “WebRTC for Business People.”...

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Unified Communications in the Cloud

A couple of weeks ago, I explored the migration to Unified Communications and gave my point of view about how the migration is somewhat...

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DieselGate: We Were Right, Something Smells Awful

Remember back in 2015 when we said something doesn't smell right in the VW diesel scandal? it would be impossible for the...

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What Should the Next Generation SBC Be Able to Handle?

It’s strange to be writing about a next generation SBC, given that it seems only yesterday that SBCs came to the fore. ...

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StaffAlerter Provides Value in Emergency Notification and IoT

With terrorist attacks and other shooting incidents becoming commonplace, the need to quickly notify large groups of people regarding dangerous situations seems...

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Top 8 IoT Trends for 2017

The IoT market is accelerating as growth comes from numerous directions and markets and as it does, one thing is very clear,...

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Google Dandelion to Popularize Geothermal?

Geothermal energy is pure perfection for heating and cooling homes in climates which are very hot or very cold because the ground...

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A Wi-Fi Happy New Year from Times Square!

January 6, 2010

I was in New York City a couple of days before New Year's Eve to check out the New York Christmas scene. I found myself walking through a tourist filled Times Square. Some celebrity was doing an interview there. I didn't look to see who it was because all I wanted to do was get out of there, since since all I could hear was screaming voices.
  In the midst of this I looked up and I saw a sign that said, "Free Wi-Fi now in Times Square." I couldn't believe it.

The Top 11 of 2010

December 30, 2009

Why the top 11 predictions of 2010 as opposed to the top 10, like everyone else? "Because it goes to 11." As any fan of Spinal Tap will know, that classic line about why the volume controls on their instruments worked on a scale of 1 to 11 sums it up -- because, well, it goes to 11.
  I caution calling these predictions. As readers of this blog know, I travel around the world quite a bit and write about what I see going on. I simply looked back at all my notes for trends that might come to the fore in 2010.

Doin' the HD in Washinton, D.C.

December 16, 2009

Last week, some members of the HD Connect group went to Washington, DC to trumpet the advent of HD. We just wanted to get HD voice known and understood to some people down there. While we couldn't say hello to President Obama, since he was busy accepting his Nobel Peace Prize, we did meet with some interesting folks.
  We definitely took some first steps toward broadening the community of understanding of HD voice. Jeff Rodman of Polycom was the demo-master and tirelessly did his impressive 50-second demo over and over.

The HD Train

December 9, 2009

I'll be speaking at the HD Voice Summit at CES in Las Vegas in early January, but right now I'm heading to Washington, D.C. to take part in an HDConnect steering committee meeting.
  And then we'll head over to the FCBA Chairman's Dinner to spark conversations with the participants about the power of high definition voice -- both the improved speech characteristics and the potential positive economic impact involved in upgrading the networks. This should be an exciting day.
  In the meantime, I'm still reveling in the excitement of the New York Giants beating the Dallas Cowboys. I wish I could have called someone who was not there on my cell phone -- it was HD enabled through an HD-enabled infrastructure, so they could hear and, better yet, feel the excitement from the stadium emanating right through that phone!

Telecom as Green Engine

December 2, 2009

In my last blog, I spoke about seeing some metal object on top of one of the pyramids in Egypt. I joked that I hoped it wasn't a cell tower. Come to think of it, I did have five bars though...
  Anyway, during my marathon tour through Europe a few weeks ago, I was in Zurich.  I was struck by the "global citizenship" aspect of the town. There are many ads touting a 10 percent or 15 percent drop in energy and carbon emission savings made possible by a particular company or device (for instance, elevators and automatic walkways don't move until you step on them, and many travelers are probably familiar with the need to put the door key in a device in the room to turn on the electricity, thus insuring when you leave the room and take the key the electricity goes off).
  The Telecom Geneva show in October also resonated with this theme.

Egypt's 3G Surprise

November 25, 2009

I arrived here for a customer event and there was no car traffic. I was surprised since I had heard how horrible it was. It turns out the country was virtually shut down when I arrived, since there was a World Cup qualifying match with Algeria going on. I have since understood well the traffic issues here, including how the lane lines are apparently there for "suggestion" purposes only.
  3G is also making big inroads here - I saw signs advertising 3G quite often.

T-Mobile and a Hamburger in Hamburg

November 18, 2009

I am in Hamburg to meet with customers - my first visit to this city. I finally ate a Hamburger in Hamburg! Previously, I have eaten a Frankfurter in Frankfurt, Peking Duck in Peking (Beijing), Buffalo Wings in Buffalo, Philly Cheesesteak in Philly (actually quite a few, considering I went to college there!), London Broil in London, and Parmigiano cheese in Parma. To complete my food city journey, I just now need to have some Genoa Salami in Genoa.

WalMart & Prepaid: The Ultimate Commodization of Mobile Services

November 11, 2009

I should not have been surprised, though somehow it still struck a chord with me. And especially since Christmas is right around the corner, I should not have been surprised. But when I read the press release that Wal-Mart is launching Straight Talk, prepaid mobile plans including voice, messaging and Web access, I was surprised. The industry is officially commoditized. 
  I certainly do not associate the Walmart brand with prepaid services, but then again I'm probably not the target audience.

You're My Blue Sky, Youre My Sunny Day

November 4, 2009

Nope, this blog has nothing to do with blue skies, though I have to say that when I was in Seoul, the weather was gorgeous. The title has to do with the actual writing of this blog. In order to have the Korea memories fresh in my mind, I wrote the blogs on my way back home, while I had a connection in Narita airport. During this blog, which is really about MMS as you'll see, I had my iPod going and "Blue Sky" from the Allman Brothers was playing.

The Best Contest Ever in the Entire World

October 28, 2009

Back in April, Dialogic launched an Innovator Contest. Given the convergence of the web with traditional telephony, and given the rise of 3G networks allowing more bandwidth for video, the time seemed right to see what innovation was going on out there on Dialogic platforms.  
  I wanted to call the contest the title of this blog, because, truly this was the best contest ever, but couldn't get approval for that name.  I guess it's hard to "prove" that.  But, really, it's the best contest ever in the entire world that I was a judge for
  During my long tenure at Dialogic, I've seen many innovative applications come through - some that changed an entire industry such as VoIP, some that made a lot a lot a lot of money for a lot of people such as debit-cards and SMS, some that made a lot of money for a lot of people such as Color Ring Back Tones (CRBT), some that are innovative ways to make a better (more cost effective) solution such as improvements to architectures primarily because of an open system approach, and some that are "cool" but in the end don't make too much money, such as...ah, not that important, but I've seen some really "cool" apps.  But it doesn't mean they are any less innovative.  They all start with someone with a bright idea.
  I was not disappointed.  We received applications in both the enterprise space and service provider space, and we received applications that married social networking apps, including Facebook, with voice and video, and we received applications with iPhone apps based on Dialogic platforms.  This was especially encouraging for me since Dialogic has great voice, video, and fax engines that I know this community of developers can take advantage of.  And we also received applications that I'd categorize in the category of improving some kind of existing application, such as advancing LBS.  
  As I said above, all are innovative in their own right and I thank all the companies who submitted an application.
  I have to say the judging was hard.  I was 1 of 4 judges, with the others being Rich Tehrani, President & Group Editor in Chief at Technology Marketing Corporation, Doug Mohney, Editor in Chief, HDConnect and Bertrand Gatellier, President, VMA - International Association for Enhanced Voice Services.  We probably all judged a little differently - "innovation" means something different to everyone - and some might have leaned a little more on the "cool" side, some might have leaned a little more on the "someone is really going to use this" side, some might have leaned a little more on the "this is going to really help someone" and some might have leaned a little more on the "I don't know anyone else doing something like this."  Or some combination thereof.  That's why we had 4 judges - to get different perspectives.
  At any rate, we've announced the winners.  To read more about this, please view our press release.  Here is a synopsis:
  The grand prize winner is Almira Labs from Spain. They won for an application that allows 3G mobile phone users to take as many videos as they'd like and then retrieve them by video calling the Video Notes service.  A variation of these applications allows 3G mobile phone users to quickly and easily send video messages to multiple recipients at once.  This application is ideal for the hearing impaired community or helpful in countries where patients live far from their doctors so doctors can "see" the symptoms.  
  The runner-up was CreaLog from Germany, who developed an application they call  "Cabfish," a location-based taxi ordering application for the iPhone.  This Voice Portal application is available in more than 40 languages and allows a customer to order a taxi by simply pressing a button on his or her mobile phone.







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