Two Vendors Bridge Cellular And Wi-Fi Nets

Siemens Communications and DiVitas Networks have launched solutions that enable seamless call switching between corporate cellular and wireless networks.

The Siemens HiPath Mobile Connect Appliance maintains an SIP registry of all client handsets like dual-mode phones or Wi-Fi VOIP handsets, thus allowing for round-the-clock monitoring of these devices. The appliance links with SIP-based PBX, which serves as a clearinghouse of all incoming and outgoing calls, via a built-in SIP server. It is already certified for the HiPath 8000 communications server, the HiPath WLAN product line, and also for the Nokia E60 and Fujitsu-Siemens Pocket LOOX dual-mode handsets. The company is due to release the product to the market in April. The appliance will come in three models that would support 10, 20 or 150 users and will cost $3,950 to $39,500, plus an additional $2,600 to about $18,000 in license fees.

DiVitas’s Mobile Convergence Appliance meanwhile is already available in the market. It operates with existing PBXs via SIP as well as with Microsoft Live Communications Server, Microsoft Exchange Server and other backend solutions for presence, instant messaging and collaboration.
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