Monday, March 7, 2005

LongBoard Targets IP Fixed Mobile Convergence

LongBoard announced the availability of its Open Mobile Enterprise (OME) software for managed carrier mobility services. OME is a SIP-based server-to-handset solution that uses off-the-shelf hardware and phones, targeting fixed mobile convergence (FMC). This would give wireline carriers the ability to offer managed mobility applications to the enterprise, and extend business-class voice services and call features seamlessly across wireline (WiFi/802.11) and wireless (cellular) networks. Wireline carriers could use FMC technologies to stem the tide of lost voice minutes and revenue to cellular providers.

LongBoard said its OME applications represent the first generation of FMC technologies that enable wireline carriers to recapture lost revenue and subscribers by extending high-value mobility applications into the enterprise, keeping wireless minutes on the wireline network. OME applications use emerging wireless IP handsets and devices to enable business features across both WiFi and cellular networks.

OME software applications are delivered via LongBoard's Mobility Application Platform (LMAP), a carrier-grade SIP-based applications server. LMAP manages mobility and billing capabilities for these OME applications:

  • OME-WiFi extends business-class voice services from desktop phones to mobile users within enterprise campuses using SIP-based 802.11 (WiFi) handsets, softphones, or Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs). It offers full support for business features including abbreviated dialing, call transfer, hunt groups, park & pick-up, conference calling, and more.

  • OME-Cellular expands managed business voice services beyond the enterprise to cellular phones, to support mobile workers traveling outside the office and around the globe with no changes required to the carrier's existing cellular network. It supports routing to a user's cellphone automatically when they are outside of the enterprise, and including their cellphone as a target for abbreviated dialing, hunt groups, call transfer, and more.

OME-WiFi integrates with compatible wireless IP handsets and devices from a variety of manufacturers. OME-Cellular works with any standard cellphone. Both OME services deliver a seamless set of business-class voice services using the corporate voice system's phone number and user interface.

Separately, LongBoard announced that it has completed interoperability testing of its Open Mobile Enterprise (OME) - WiFi software with wireless IP handsets and softphones from Hitachi Cable, Symbol Technologies, UTStarcom, and Xten. In a separate announcement, the company also introduced the availability of its OME applications, offering wireline carriers the first entry point toward fixed mobile convergence (FMC) technologies.


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