Iwatsu Voice Networks (IVN), a provider of voice processing solutions, has announced the support of two new communication tools. Iwatsu’s Platinum Series IP Softphone and CounterPath™ Solutions’s eyeBeam™ Video SIP Softphone are the two latest developments in the world of PC-based communications. These new cost-effective clients connect users to network features — even videoconferencing capabilities — through simple interfaces on a PC or laptop.
The softphones are both able to interface with Iwatsu’s Enterprise 2.0 Communication Server through QuadFusion™ Technology. This allows the disparate softphone technologies to connect with the Enterprise 2.0 without the need for external servers. Each softphone is controlled through programmable PC desktop skins, however both offer separate benefits.
The Platinum Series IP Softphone was designed by Iwatsu Voice Networks and places all the functionality of fixed IP or TDM station onto a PC desktop. Employees can utilize automated attendant and automatic call distribution (ACD) along with Microsoft Outlook® contact integration and localized music on hold. Official release will be Q1 2006.
Iwatsu’s continued testing of third party applications has led to the support of CounterPath’s eyeBeam SIP Softphone. The eyeBeam uses voice over SIP for voice conferencing, but its true advantage lies in its full featured video conferencing ability. Developed by CounterPath Solutions, the eyeBeam SIP Softphone can be configured as a SIP station on the Enterprise 2.0 Communication Server, as a p2p client on the network, or both simultaneously. The eyeBeam SIP Softphone also has the ability perform instant messaging sessions.
“The new Platinum Series Softphone and eyeBeam SIP Softphone are the latest step in the evolution of business communications,” said Kevin Kelleher, Executive Vice President. “These softphones use QuadFusion™ Technology to deliver true multimedia applications to the Enterprise 2.0 Communication Server, regardless of your location. The net result is improved accessibility, a benefit to virtually any organization.”
About Iwatsu Voice Networks
Iwatsu Voice Networks (IVN) provides leading edge business communications solutions to small and medium sized business (SMB). Enterprise 2.0, powered by QuadFusion™ Technology provides SMBs the flexibility to grow to over 1000 ports — seamlessly. QuadFusion™ Technology was developed by Iwatsu to provide end-users a cost effective platform that accommodates applications utilizing SIP, H.323, TDM and VoIP technology. The Enterprise platform provides cost effective unified communications, speech recognition, call reporting, in-building wireless, campus networking and text-to-speech applications that are typically used by Fortune 1000 companies. Iwatsu Voice Networks (IVN) is a subsidiary company of Tokyo-based Iwatsu Electric, a 70-year industry leader and pioneer of many firsts in the telecommunications industry, doing business in North America through over 250 authorized dealers.
About CounterPath Solutions
CounterPath Solutions is a developer of award-winning, high-quality, carrier-grade VoIP (Voice over IP) and Video over IP SIP softphones for service providers, cable operators, Internet telephony service providers, IP PBX manufacturers and OEMs. CounterPath’s SIP softphones are available either pre-configured or as a software development kit (SDK), and provide VoIP (Voice over IP), Video over IP, IM (Instant Messaging), and Presence functionality. eyeBeam — CounterPath’s feature-rich SIP Video over IP softphone with IM and Presence — recently received both Communications Solutions® Magazine’s and INTERNET TELEPHONY® Magazine’s “Product of the Year” Award for 2004. CounterPath’s Pocket PC SIP Softphone was recently named a 2005 Innovation Award winner from INTERNET TELEPHONY® magazine. With over 120 customers in more than 30 countries, CounterPath technology is deployed in more than 5,400,000 IP endpoints worldwide.