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Avaya Joins MIT Media Lab's Digital Life Consortium


Avaya announced that it has joined the community of corporate sponsors of the MIT Media Lab's Digital Life consortium.

Avaya Inc. (NYSE:AV), a global leader in business communications applications, systems and services, today announced that it has joined the community of corporate sponsors of the MIT Media Lab's Digital Life consortium.


Through this sponsorship, Avaya will collaborate with the Media Lab's cutting-edge research, working with MIT researchers as well as other industry leaders on projects such as new communications architectures, speech interfaces, and software agents. Avaya will have the opportunity to receive full intellectual property rights to all work developed by the Media Lab during its sponsorship.


"Tomorrow's networking models will include moving communications services from the trunk to the leaves - with minimal cost and open architecture. Avaya's expertise will help us develop creative, new approaches to make this happen," says Nicholas Negroponte, chairman and co-founder of the Media Lab.


Digital Life (DL) is a Media Lab consortium that conducts basic research at the intersection of computation, communication, and human expression, operating in close collaboration with industry. Research foci include organic networks, which investigates new communications applications enabled by wireless networks; 10X, which considers technologies that can improve human activity by an order of magnitude; and common-sense computing.


"The ability to communicate is a fundamental requirement in a global economy," said Mike Thurk, group vice president, Avaya. "As businesses and organizations embrace IP communications, working with the MIT Media Lab community is a great opportunity to further explore the role that intelligent communications can play in collaboration with many of the best minds in the world."


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 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:

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