Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Unified Communications Interoperability Forum Launches

A new Unified Communications Interoperability Forum (UCIF) has been established by leading technology vendors with the goal of promoting standards-based, inter-vendor unified communications (UC) interoperability.

The UCIF will identify common customer scenarios and leverage existing industry standards to resolve the interoperability issues that have stalled broad adoption and deployment of higher-productivity communications.
Specifically, the UCIF will develop verifiable interoperability testing and certification of UC products to ease customer integration and increase adoption.

The UCIF will focus its initial interoperability efforts on managing the escalating diversity of video and telepresence solutions. Guided by customer feedback, the forum will place specific emphasis on signaling planes, video codecs and protocols, endpoint configurations, and firewall traversal technologies, thereby facilitating broader video adoption and communication across multiple organizations and between platforms.

Founding members include HP, Juniper Networks, Microsoft, Logitech / LifeSize, and Polycom. Additional members include Acme Packet, Aspect, AudioCodes, Broadcom, BroadSoft, Brocade, ClearOne, Jabra, Plantronics, RADVISION, Siemens Enterprise Communications, and Teliris.