Avaya Acquires Traverse Networks
Acquisition Builds on Avaya’s Leading Position in Unified Communications and Mobility, Extending Intelligent Communications to Workers at the Edge of the Enterprise Network
16-Nov-2006 - BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – Avaya Inc., (NYSE:AV) a leading global provider of business communications applications, systems and services, today announced it has acquired Traverse Networks, a privately held developer of enterprise mobility solutions for unified communications, based in Fremont, Calif.
Traverse’s server software and user-friendly mobile handset interface deliver professional call handling applications and sophisticated voice mail management to mobile devices, allowing mobile workers to be more productive and responsive to customers.
Traverse enables users to see and hear office voice mail through an email-like inbox on their mobile devices, providing streamlined access to messages and fast ways to respond. The inbox displays office voice mail messages with information about whom the message is from, when it was sent, and message duration. Users can select one or more messages, press play, and listen to them in any order. There is no need to dial a number for access, no PIN, and no awkward touch-tone menus.
The Traverse solution extends the capabilities of enterprise communications from the desktop, allowing users to control office calls and manage voice mail from a mobile device. Users can select, listen and manage messages through a menu driven interface with no need to dial a central number. The ability to send office calls to any phone, block non-essential calls, receive calls on both office and mobile phones simultaneously and synchronized call logs put the user in control on communications.
Workers can securely access office voice mail, corporate phone directories, enterprise call management functions and caller ID, simply and easily, on the mobile device of their choice. Traverse provides standards-based, scalable, and secure solutions that extend enterprise communications to a broad range of devices, including RIM Blackberry and Palm handhelds and J2ME-enabled mobile phones.
“Effective communication for mobile workers is essential in delivering world class service and achieving competitive advantage,” said Eileen Rudden, vice president and general manager, Unified Communications Division, Avaya. “The addition of Traverse technology to Avaya’s Unified Communications portfolio builds on the strength of our current mobility solutions and helps extend Intelligent Communications to the very edge of the enterprise. The new capabilities will enable us to support simplified employee collaboration and more productive use of communications, wherever people work and across a broader range of devices.”
Avaya has a portfolio of award-winning Unified Communications solutions including market-leading IP telephony, unified messaging, video and web conferencing and collaboration, and speech access applications. The company said it expects to release solutions integrating Traverse technology in the second half of 2007.
“This is a good fit for our solutions and our organization,” said Durk Stelter, CEO, Traverse Networks. “With a vision similar to our own, Avaya brings additional energy to the goals Traverse set for itself when we started the company. We become part of a larger group of technology innovators, and we look forward to working together to expand our strengths.”
Avaya’s Unified Communications strategy centers on the needs of the end user. Avaya solutions deliver flexible capabilities with easy-to-use interfaces for Unified Access, Communications Applications for telephony, messaging, conferencing and collaboration, and Communications Services for specialized requirements including mobility and speech access. The addition of Traverse Networks supports Avaya’s overall multi-vendor, multi-protocol strategy from the desktop to the edge of the network.
Avaya Inc. designs, builds and manages communications networks for more than one million businesses worldwide, including more than 90 percent of the FORTUNE 500®. Focused on businesses large to small, Avaya is a world leader in secure and reliable Internet Protocol telephony systems and communications software applications and services.
Driving the convergence of voice and data communications with business applications – and distinguished by comprehensive worldwide services – Avaya helps customers leverage existing and new networks to achieve superior business results. For more information visit the Avaya website: http://www.avaya.com.
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