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Taking VoIP to the Next Level, Siemens Introduces HiPath 8000 V3.0 with Open, IT-Based IP Communications to Boost Enterprise Performance and Lower Costs


Today’s VoIP is yesterday’s news, and has largely failed to deliver on the cost savings and business process integration essential in today’s competitive world. Large enterprises worldwide face exploding numbers of mobile users and devices, more complex business processes and supporting applications, and continuous demands to contain costs. To meet these challenges head-on, Siemens Communications, Inc. (NYSE: SI) takes VoIP far beyond simply delivering voice packets. Its powerful new HiPath 8000 Real-Time IP System V3.0 integrates with the enterprise IT fabric and applications more tightly than ever to help transform how businesses communicate and, even more, how they operate.

This major HiPath 8000 software release delivers a wide range of new features that offer far more user and network capabilities, plus improved application interworking, security and overall system manageability. These features can help enterprises drive greater productivity as well as collaboration and responsiveness among their employees while gaining a proven, lower total cost of ownership (TCO) and more rapid return on investment (ROI). One independent study showed the HiPath 8000’s centralized operation model achieved a 15 to 25 percent lower TCO than the distributed IP-PBXs used in the study.

As the industry’s only native-SIP softswitch, the HiPath 8000 system offers massive scalability from 300 users up to 100,000 users per system and virtually unlimited numbers in a network. Its carrier-grade reliability, resiliency and recovery provides 24/7 business performance. Designed to operate centrally out of IT data centers, it eliminates the complexity and costs of managing distributed TDM- or IP-based PBXs. At the same time, its open SIP, SIP-Q, SOA and Web Services interfaces allow easy interworking with both SIP application servers and end-devices as well as business process integration and workflows. Data center integration fits perfectly into the IT world, where data-center consolidation routinely saves up to 40% compared to traditional architectures.

Feature highlights of the new HiPath 8000 V3.0 include:

-- Users: Enhanced feature interworking with Siemens’ stylish, award-winning OpenStage family of SIP-phones that feature an innovative user interface, Bluetooth wireless interface, mobile handoff, and easy data synchronization with mobile phones.

-- Networking: ENUM support, to enable interworking across both private and public IP network domains and Local Number Portability for service providers; enhanced SIP-Q, to improve interworking between HiPath 8000 systems.

-- Applications: Enhanced Applications interfaces to support the award-winning OpenScape Unified Communications and Presence system, new applications in the OpenStage devices, Siemens’ just-launched MobileConnect application, advanced HiPath ProCenter call-center functionality, OEM applications and much more.

-- System: Multi-byte encoding for Mideast and Asian languages;dynamic licensing; software developer kits for Web Services Description Language (WSDL).

-- Security: Payload encryption; Transport Layer Security (TLS), a successor to Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) security, for greater server-to-server and server-to-application security.

-- Administration: And all supported by a highly professional and integrated Management and Operations system, offering smooth and efficient handling of systems operations across the whole size range.

“What drives our development of the HiPath 8000 platform is a standards-based, open communications model that we believe provides richer experiences for users, greater effectiveness among those users, and lower costs and higher returns for our customers,” said Eve Aretakis, CEO, Siemens Communications, Inc. “And by helping IT make communications part of its enterprise services suite, we think we’re fundamentally transforming how business gets done, accelerating its processes and improving decision-making.”

About Siemens

Siemens AG (NYSE:SI) is one of the largest global electronics and engineering companies with reported worldwide sales of $96 billion in fiscal 2005. Founded nearly 160 years ago, the company is a leader in the areas Medical, Power, Automation and Control, Transportation, Information and Communications, Lighting, Building Technologies, Water Technologies and Services and Home Appliances. With its U.S. corporate headquarters in New York City, Siemens in the USA has sales of $18.8 billion and employs approximately 70,000 people throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Eleven of Siemens’ worldwide businesses are based in the United States. With its global headquarters in Munich, Siemens AG and its subsidiaries employ 460,000 people in 190 countries.


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