IBM-Certified, Patton's SmartNode VoIP Routers Enrich Lotus Sametime with Advanced Telephony Features

By VoIP-enabling existing phone systems, SmartNode(TM) streamlines migration to Unified Communications while enriching the Sametime solution with IP-link redundancy for voice and data survivability, intelligent least-cost call-routing, secure IPsec-encry

Gaithersburg/Berne,Switzerland, (PresseBox) - Patton (USA) and Patton-Inalp (Switzerland) announced IBM has tested and certified SmartNode(TM) VoIP gateways, routers and IADs for interoperability with the Lotus Sametime unified communications platform.

SmartNode(TM) VoIP equipment enables large enterprises to control capital expenses while quickly implementing Unified Communications (UC) by integrating existing PBX phone systems and PSTN connections into IBM's Lotus Sametime platform.

By removing seams between email, voicemail, instant messaging, wired and wireless phones while providing presence status, Sametime enables workers to avoid such time wasters as looking up contact information and calling people who aren't available.

For organizations using traditional analog or digital phone systems, SmartNode(TM) gateways offer immediate access to productivity-boosting unified communications.

"We've got enterprise VoIP covered," said Ramon Felder, President and COO at Patton-Inalp, "for any size office, any interface type, any signaling protocol, anywhere in the world. SmartNode enables-and enhances-unified communications. Our award-wining VoIP gateways are highly reputed in the industry for their stability. Once you set it up you can forget about it. SmartNode(TM) just keeps working."

Patton's ASAP(TM) (any-service-any-port) capabilities deliver any WAN service on every industry-standard telephony interface in use. Scaling from 2 to 120 concurrent VoIP or fax calls, SmartNode(TM) supports SIP, H.323, ISDN, and POTS telephony-plus T.38 and SuperG3 FAX-over TDM/PSTN and IP/Ethernet services simultaneously.

Most IBM-certified VoIP equipment is less scalable in terms of interface types, port counts, and number of concurrent calls. Yet Swiss-engineered and US-manufactured SmartNode is typically lower-in-cost than reliable alternatives.

SmartNode enriches IBM's Sametime solution with advanced telephony features, including:

- Integrate PSTN trunks and legacy PBX systems into Sametime/Telephony Control Server (TCS)
- VoIP and data survivability via PSTN access/breakout/fallback and IP-link redundancy
- PBX backup against IP trunk failure to the IBM TCS
- Secure VPNs with IPsec-encrypted voice
- Any-to-any least-cost call routing and dial-map planning
- Routed Internet Access with QoS for toll-quality voice
- Traffic management with voice prioritization
- Bandwidth protection for critical data via call limiter and PSTN overflow
- Reliable T.38 and SuperG3 Fax-over-IP

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