Siemens Combines Mobility and Unified Communications
Siemens' OpenScape Mobility Solution brings together its mobility, wireless, and Unified Communications product lines to create an end to end solution -- along with upgrades to both products.
Siemens' OpenScape Mobility Solution brings together its mobility, wireless, and Unified Communications product lines to create an end to end solution -- along with upgrades to both products.On the mobility side, Siemens is launching its OpenScape Mobile UC Client for Blackberry, Symbian, and Windows Mobile. An iPhone version is in the works, but Palm is "not on our road map", says Wayne Seifried, Siemens' Director for Global Portfolio Marketing for Enterprise Mobility.
Siemens is also upgrading its All-Wireless Enterprise WLAN products to allow companies to build new networks without having to pull any cable. In addition to delivering Power over Ethernet (PoE) and 802.11n, Siemens is now adding HiPath MobileConnect (V2), backhaul and high-availabilty failover. Running on top of the work on top of the OpenScape UC Server launched earlier this year, these enhancements make the Siemens networks suitable for an all-wireless enterprise.
The new wirless networks are so fast, Seifried says, "We can run HD video over it with almost no packet loss." More to the point, it's also optimized for Voice over Wireless LAN (voWLAN) applications using dual-band handsets that can seamlessly switch from cellular networks to Wi-Fi connections to maximize cost savings and availability. It's that capability that typically drives adoption, Seifried says.
That's also the type of environment where the UC connection comes in, with its ability to add presence information to cell devices and create a complete mobile UC solution with one phone number and one voice mail account no matter where the user may be.
In addition, Siefried says, wireless networks are much more flexible than wired nets because you don't have to pull cable to connect new hires or to equip new facilities -- whether they represent expansion or downsizing.
Pricing starts at about $70,000 for an all wireless enterprise package, with another $45,000 to $50,000 to add unified communications features.
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