Monday, February 14, 2005

Lucent Enhances its IMS Solution

Lucent Technologies announced the integration of six unique Bell Labs-developed software technologies into its industry-leading IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) solution. The Bell Labs IMS service enhancements enable operators to more easily deliver services that blend voice, video and data capabilities.

The new Service Enhancement Layer is a library of technologies that work across wireless and wireline networks to simplify and speed delivery of services. The layer lies above Lucent's standard IMS implementation. The enhancements include:

  • For simple service management, a data management tool that integrates the myriad databases that keep track of each subscriber's basic network services such as call processing, messaging, and billing, so that all this data is easily accessed by next-generation applications.

  • For seamless operations, a data integration tool that provides a unified view of personal profile information -- that may be stored on different networks -- so that users and services can easily access this information, while safeguarding the end-user's privacy.

  • Also for seamless operations, a new service brokering capability that allows the blending of multiple, existing and future services, while ensuring that those services interact in a manner that provides a positive, and customized end-user experience.

  • For security in communications, the X.805 standard network security framework, which was conceived and created by Bell Labs and adopted by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

  • For portable services, a tool that provides subscribers access to voice and data services, information and messages when roaming -- across a wide variety of wireless and wireline networks -- outside their home network.

  • For personalization and rapid service customization, a new rules engine -- distributed throughout the network -- that supports rich personalization of end-user services, and enables network operators to quickly modify network behaviors to target particular customer segments or offer quality of service guarantees.

All IMS elements use SIP to communicate with each other.


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