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Avaya Unveils New Wireless IP Telephony Products For Converged Mobility Throughout - and Beyond - an Enterprise

07-27-2004
  • New Voice-over-Wireless Gateway and Access Points Are Key Components of Converged Mobility Solution Delivering Seamless Communications Across Private WLANs and Public Cellular Networks; New Avaya Converged Mobility Products Drive Increased Security, Reliability and Voice Quality in Enterprise Wireless Communications

Avaya unveiled new converged mobility products that help extend the key advantages of office communications to employees traveling throughout - and beyond - an enterprise.

Avaya Inc. (NYSE:AV), a leading global provider of business communications software, systems and services, today unveiled new converged mobility products that help extend the key advantages of office communications to employees traveling throughout - and beyond - an enterprise. These products play a critical role in the converged Wi-Fi and cellular solution architecture Avaya is developing with Motorola and Proxim. Avaya's new products seamlessly extend IP telephony - a software-based technology that uses voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) to transmit voice over a data network - to wireless networks. The new products are designed to improve the delivery of IP applications and voice communications for a mobile workforce, driving enhanced productivity, new cost efficiencies and greater security in enterprise wireless communications.

The new products - the Avaya W310 WLAN Gateway and Avaya W110 WLAN Access Points - incorporate co-developed technologies from Avaya and Proxim. The gateway and access points, along with Avaya's award-winning IP telephony software, Communication Manager, deliver a voice over wireless LAN (VoWLAN) solution that will support the Motorola CN620, a new dual-network Mobile Office Device announced today by Motorola. Avaya has been collaborating with Motorola and Proxim on the creation of an enterprise seamless mobility solution, which supports continuous communications to users across business wireless networks and public cellular networks.

This enterprise seamless mobility solution helps organizations boost productivity by enabling employees to use the Motorola dual-network device to conduct wireless conversations that will not fade or drop as they move to various locations throughout a work campus, as well as away from their office building. Users of the enterprise mobility solution will also have seamless access to advanced IP capabilities, such as listening to e-mail, accessing corporate directories and overseeing multi-party teleconferences, as they move across a WLAN and onto public cellular networks.

Seamless mobility can also drive greater cost-efficiency for enterprises through device consolidation and centralized management of an organization's WLAN infrastructure. For example, highly mobile employees who switch between office phones, cell phones or other devices for communications can now use one Motorola dual-network device to make VoIP-based calls as they travel within an enterprise or to an outside destination. The Avaya W310 Wireless LAN Gateway and W110 Access Points also let information technology (IT) administrators centrally manage and monitor an enterprise's wireless networking capabilities from one location, resulting in lower labor and administration costs.

"By delivering improved, seamless access to IP applications over wireless networks, the key advantages employees have in their offices are extended to them as they move within an enterprise, and outside office walls," said Micky Tsui, vice president and general manager for Avaya's communications systems pision. "Our collaboration with Motorola and Proxim will help businesses take the next step in deploying advanced wireless solutions that meet the needs of a highly mobile workforce."

The seamless mobility solution from Avaya, Motorola and Proxim is in the final stages of development and currently undergoing trials in several enterprises throughout North America. Commercial availability of the solution is expected later this year.

Avaya VoWLAN Architecture Delivers Greater Security, Enhanced Voice Quality
Users of the Avaya W310 WLAN Gateway and W110 Access Points, which are now available to enterprises globally, will also gain wireless communications with greater security, improved reliability and enhanced voice quality and functionality within the enterprise network. This is made possible through standards-based technologies and the architecture of the Avaya WLAN gateway and access points.

The Avaya gateway and access points deliver greater security by placing the critical access point intelligence and security policy provisioning into a single gateway. This helps enterprises to detect vulnerabilities in a WLAN - caused by the placement of "rogue access points" - and stop hackers or unauthorized parties from accessing a business network. In addition, the Wi-Fi Protected Access standard encrypts communications over a wireless IP network in order to keep conversations confidential.

Avaya's converged mobility products deliver in-enterprise wireless communications that enable mobile workers to have wireless conversations anywhere within the network with the equivalent reliability and voice quality of a desktop office phone. The gateway and access points are designed to ensure that network users' conversations do not drop or experience gaps, regardless of their location. Increased Quality of Service (QoS), which is based on Wireless Multimedia Extensions (WME) standards, facilitates clear IP-based voice communications over 802.11 Wi-Fi networks.

"Voice over Wireless LAN is clearly the 'killer app' for wireless networks, and Avaya's new converged mobility products deliver the critical infrastructure necessary to rapidly accelerate the deployment of IP wireless," said Nick Lippis, president, Lippis Enterprises. "By introducing better security, voice quality and reliability in VoWLAN, Avaya is driving the natural evolution of enterprise wireless communications."

Scana Corporation: Enhancing Mobility Throughout an Enterprise
With these new mobility products, Avaya provides a VoWLAN foundation for companies of all sizes, including Columbia, S.C.-based SCANA Corporation, a Fortune 500 energy company that uses Avaya's new WLAN gateway and access points, as well as its flagship IP telephony software. With a large percentage of its electric generating plant workers, line workers and other employees requiring mobile capabilities, SCANA chose the Avaya solution to deliver improved wireless access to its business network, driving enhanced collaboration and productivity.

"Avaya enabled us to introduce voice over wireless LAN solutions that help our employees make faster decisions and be more productive," said Tim Ritter, communications manager for the SCANA Corporation. "In our business, we need to remain instantly accessible and in close contact with colleagues and customers while on the go - in and around our facilities. This makes for more productive employee interactions and delivers capabilities that are absolutely essential to our business."

About Avaya
Avaya Inc. designs, builds and manages communications networks for more than one million businesses worldwide, including over 90 percent of the FORTUNE 500®. Focused on businesses large to small, Avaya is a world leader in secure and reliable Internet Protocol (IP) telephony systems and communications software applications and services.

Driving the convergence of voice and data communications with business applications - and distinguished by comprehensive worldwide services - Avaya helps customers leverage existing and new networks to achieve superior business results. For more information visit the Avaya Web site: http://www.avaya.com

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