IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Sep, 27 2001

1. Alliance Formed to Develop Open Network Identity Solution
A group of some of the world’s leading corporations have teamed together to form an alliance, known as the Liberty Alliance Project, to create and deploy an open solution for network identity. The alliance intends to create a ubiquitous single sign-on, decentralized authentication and open authorization from any device connected to the Internet, from traditional desktop computers and cellular phones through to televisions, automobiles, credit cards, and point of sale terminals.

Liberty Alliance lists its three main objectives as:

1.to allow individual consumers and businesses to maintain personal information


2. to provide a universal, open standard for single sign-on, which users and service

providers can rely upon, and leverage to interoperate. Internet single sign-on will allow

users to log in once and be authenticated for a spectrum of network services

supporting the Liberty standard, between and among web sites, as well as network

services even if those services are provided by different businesses.

3. to provide an open standard for network identity panning all Internet connected


The charter members include Apache, Bell Canada, CollabNet, Dun & Bradstreet, Entrust, Gemplus, Global Crossing, GM, Liberate, Nokia, NTT DoCoMo, O’Reilly & Associates, RSA Security, Sun Microsystems, and Vodafone. Other alliance partners include ActivCard, American Airlines, Bank of America, Cingular Wireless, Cisco, eBay, Fidelity Investments, i2, Intuit, Openwave, RealNetworks, Sabre, Schlumberger, Sony, Sprint, Travelocity, United Airlines, and Verisign.

Membership is open to all commercial and non-commercial organizations.

The alliance plans to begin immediately in establishing a roadmap to address business practices, privacy, consumer adoption, and technology evolution. The charter members expect to finalize an alliance agreement regarding organization and joint development of intellectual property within the next 60 days.

Liberty Alliance Project

3. VoiceAge’s G.729 (A) Codec Software Posted at Vovida.org
VoiceAge has said that it has allowed Vovida.org to post a developers’ version of its G.729 (A) codec software. The technology is provided with G.729 IPR Indemnification and developers that make commercial use of the implementation are governed by IPR procedures.

Vovida.org is a Cisco-sponsored web site that provides access to open source software.



5. NetCentrex’s Media Server Platform Supporting VoiceXML
NetCentrex has said that its SVI Media Server platform has been enhanced to support VoiceXML. The platform is used for the development of voice portals and IVR services. Protocols supported include ISDN, SS7/ISUP, INAP, CAMEL, and H.323. Voice features supported include collect DTMF, play file, voice recognition, text-to-speech, audio conferencing, and video.


7. Sage Releases IP PBX Market Study
Sage Research has released a study of the IP PBX market entitled Opportunities in IP Telephony: A Market Analysis that explores the opportunities and challenges of deploying enterprise VoIP solutions. The 62- page report is based on a survey the firm conducted among 157 U.S. organizations.

Among its findings, Sage reports that 86% of the U.S. organizations that it surveyed were in various stages of evaluating or deploying IP telephony.

The report goes for $1,700.

Sage Research

9. Telemate.Net Awarded Patent for Voice & Network Mgmt
Telemate.Net has said that it has been awarded a patent for its system and method for tracking PBX, VoIP, and IP traffic from a variety of network sources and correlating communications activity with a database of user accounts. The patented techniques are employed by several of the company’s products including its call accounting and Internet access management solutions.


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