Thursday, October 19, 2006

Siemens and Cingular Fund Networking Lab at Georgia Tech

Siemens Networks is dedicating a new 3G/IMS laboratory at the Georgia Institute of Technology. The new lab, co-sponsored by Cingular Wireless, the Georgia Electronic Design Center (GEDC) and the Georgia Tech Research Network Operations Center (GT-RNOC), will serve students and researchers as a test bed for the creation of third generation IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) convergence applications and services that bring together audio, video and data over computer networks.

Initially, the 3G/IMS laboratory is to be used by students participating in an IMS Research Competition co-sponsored by Siemens, Cingular and Georgia Tech. Qualified students who participate in the year-long competition will be eligible to receive a portion of $100,000 in cash prizes.

As part of its sponsorship, Siemens Networks is equipping the new 3G/IMS lab with the latest technology from its IMS portfolio, including IMS@vantage, a 3GPP-compliant implementation of IMS. The IMS@vantage product offering includes the Multimedia Session Controller CFX-5000 and the Home Subscriber Server CMS-8200, as well as the Media Gateway Controller CFX-5200 and the Media Gateway CMG-3000. The IMS@vantage suite gives network operators a strategic platform to deploy multimedia services, such as VoIP, for fixed or wireless infrastructures.

Siemens is also including a suite of enabling servers to allow student applications to use key IMS building blocks. These enablers include Siemens Mobile Presence Manager (Presence status), Community Service Data Manager (Group list management), Instant Messaging and Chat, and Push and Talk over Cellular.

In addition to the Siemens IMS platform, the 3G/IMS laboratory will incorporate subsystems and services from sponsors Ubiquity Software, BridgePort Networks and Azaire Networks.

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