Siemens Enterprise Communications Breaks Architectural Barrier to Deliver Video Embedded into Unified Communications Desktop

Updated OpenScape UC Suite now includes integrated desktop videoconferencing, increased security and expanded device support

Sep 13, 2011, 06:00 ET from Siemens Enterprise Communications

ANDOVER, Mass., Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Extending its leadership in unified communications (UC) solutions, Siemens Enterprise Communications today introduced OpenScape Desktop Videoconferencing as part of the updated OpenScape UC Suite, making it easier and more affordable for enterprises to deploy videoconferencing to every desktop. The OpenScape UC Suite also includes powerful new security and management updates to build upon the industry's most complete and proven integrated multimedia SIP platform based on next-generation, software server-based architecture with unified management tools.

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OpenScape Desktop Videoconferencing is an embedded software-based, multi-party enterprise videoconferencing capability within the new version of OpenScape UC Suite. Delivered as a standard feature of OpenScape UC Application, OpenScape Desktop Videoconferencing is accompanied by video-enabled OpenScape UC clients.

Additionally, the new release of OpenScape UC Suite includes enhancements to OpenScape Voice such as IPv6 support and SDES security, as well as expanded analog device support for OpenScape Branch and Skype Connect trunking options for OpenScape Session Border Controller. OpenScape's open, software-based architecture dramatically lowers the total cost of ownership of UCC solutions and provides flexible options for on-premise, hybrid and cloud deployments.

Complex and expensive stand-alone video systems from hardware-oriented or traditional telecom vendors are generally only practical for the conference room or select users. However, OpenScape Desktop Videoconferencing is software-based, requiring no proprietary hardware servers, appliances or other specialized devices or endpoints to enable enterprise-grade visual collaboration from every desktop with only a simple, low-cost web camera or laptop-embedded webcam.

"Videoconferencing is clearly moving beyond high-end conference room systems towards ubiquitous video solutions with desktop video conferencing nearing its tipping point for widespread adoption," says Melissa Fremeijer, Senior Research Analyst at IDC, a leading analyst firm. "Vendors are committed to a roadmap that offers video as part of a unified communications, presence enabled platform which enables companies to increase business productivity, accelerate decision making, bring new products and services to market more quickly, thus delivering a tangible competitive advantage."

With this announcement, enterprise-grade videoconferencing features of OpenScape UC Suite now include:

  • integration within OpenScape UC Application including ad-hoc or scheduled conferences, video presence user status and one-number service for video endpoints
  • multi-party conference views with currently active speaker indication
  • support for AudioPresence enhanced audio streams and high definition video
  • standards-based (SIP) interoperability with LifeSize, Polycom, Radvision and Cisco endpoints

"By delivering OpenScape Desktop Videoconferencing as an integrated capability of the OpenScape UC Server, it's now easier and more affordable for organizations to deploy video-enabled UC across the enterprise and manage it in a centralized, cost-effective manner," said Chris Hummel, CMO and President, North America, Siemens Enterprise Communications. "Additionally, the security, management and deployment option updates we've added to OpenScape UC Suite ensure that we continue to deliver the most complete UC solution to address our customers' business needs."

Planned availability for this release is September 2011.

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Siemens Enterprise Communications is a premier provider of end-to-end enterprise communications, including voice, network infrastructure and security solutions that use open, standards-based unified communications and business applications for a seamless collaboration experience. This award-winning "Open Communications" approach enables organizations to improve productivity and reduce costs through easy-to-deploy solutions that work within existing IT environments, delivering operational efficiencies. It is the foundation for the company's OpenPath® commitment that enables customers to mitigate risk and cost-effectively adopt unified communications. Jointly owned by The Gores Group and Siemens AG, Siemens Enterprise Communications includes Cycos and Enterasys Networks. For more information about Siemens Enterprise Communications or Enterasys please visit www.siemens-enterprise.com or www.enterasys.com.

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