CounterPath Corporation (NASDAQ: CPAH) (TSX: CCV), a leading developer of award-winning desktop, tablet and mobile VoIP software products and solutions, today announced its Bria desktop and mobility solutions set has been further strengthened for the enterprise by increased integration with BroadSoft’s BroadWorks® Platform and the addition of soon-to-be-released features such as screen sharing and an Outlook® plug-in, adding even more value to business users both in the office and on the go.
Based on a report by Gartner, the market is validating that enterprises are increasingly deploying solutions that provide unified user experiences across all devices. The report confirms enterprises spent $17.5 billion on unified communications infrastructure (UC) in 2012, including key sectors where CounterPath Bria plays, such as telephony, video infrastructure, and unified messaging. By 2016, the expansion of enterprise unified communications to mobile devices helps grow the market to over $20 billion.
CounterPath’s Bria desktop, tablet and mobile UC softphones include many features specifically designed with the enterprise user in mind, such as LDAP/Active Directory integration, company chat rooms for online conferences and meetings and heavyweight security options with SRTP for media encryption. Bria is also highly interoperable with one of the most widely deployed enterprise communications platforms, BroadSoft’s BroadWorks, making it the softphone solution of choice for enterprises worldwide.
Today, the new updates to the BroadWorks feature set for Bria make it more tightly integrated than ever to meet the needs of the enterprise. Highlights of the solution include:
- Available for Windows and Mac desktops and iOS, Android and BlackBerry smart phones and tablets.
- Features an intuitive user interface designed specifically for an effortless and consistent user experience, and which is highly customizable by the customer.
- Supports feature browsers that utilize BroadWorks-based User Service Management, Call History and Contact Directory.
- Optimized to work with the BroadWorks Device Management System (DMS) to provide provisioning such as single sign-on and updates/upgrades.
- Supports BroadSoft’s N-way Conferencing Solution that provides the capability to incrementally join up to 15 participants into a call.
- Includes several SIP extensions to provide seamless operation with existing BroadSoft applications including BLF SIP extensions.
- Certified and validated to work with BroadWorks Platform R14 SP9 onwards, R16, R17.
- Employs heavy-weight security and codec options making it carrier-grade and enterprise-ready.
CounterPath is also putting the final touches on a brand new screen sharing feature. Screen sharing, or desktop sharing, is becoming an increasingly important collaboration tool for business. The screen sharing feature within the Bria desktop client will allow business users to share their screen with another participant or an entire group with just one click. The invitation can be sent via IM, email, Twitter, Facebook or Clipboard, and the screen sharing session is highly secure and fully automated.
Also coming soon is a new Bria Add-in for Outlook which integrates the Bria softphone directly into users’ Outlook workspace. With a streamlined user interface, the plug-in allows business users to call and message contacts, see contacts’ presence and access voicemail all within their Outlook window, greatly increasing the speed and efficiency with which business users can communicate.
“The new Bria solution suite now supports all of the ‘must-have’ BroadWorks features across all desktop, tablet and smart phone platforms, making it the ideal solution for enterprises to improve productivity without compromising security or functionality. Our products are designed to provide employees with an intuitive, consumer-minded interface while also incorporating a robust back-end geared to the needs of IT managers and CIOs,” said Todd Carothers, EVP of Marketing and Products, CounterPath. “Bria continues to be a leading enterprise solution as we continue to add features that are indispensable to business users such as Outlook integration and the ability to quickly and effortlessly screen share.”
CounterPath’s SIP-based VoIP softphones are changing the face of telecommunications. An industry and user favorite, Bria softphones for desktop and mobile devices, together with the Company’s server applications and Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) solutions, enable service providers, OEMs and enterprises large and small around the globe to offer a seamless and unified communications experience across both fixed and mobile networks. Standards-based, cost-effective and reliable, CounterPath’s award-winning solutions power the voice and video calling, messaging, and presence offerings of customers such as Alcatel-Lucent, AT&T, Avaya, BroadSoft, BT, Cisco Systems, GENBAND, Metaswitch Networks, Mitel, NEC, Network Norway, Rogers and Verizon.
For more information about CounterPath’s Bria softphone applications and provisioning solutions, visit: www.counterpath.com/products.
Hill + Knowlton Strategies