Dialogic Blog

Unified Communications in the Cloud

by Jim Machi

Jul 18, 2017 9:21:50 AM

A couple of weeks ago, I explored the migration to Unified Communications and gave my point of view about how the migration is somewhat determined by economics and the fact that enterprises have already set in place communications systems that have been paid for and work.  But let’s say that you as an enterprise have determined the time is right to move to UC.  Should it be premise-based or cloud-based?   Some enterprises are worried about losing control and want on-premise equipment.  But for many enterprises, UCaaS is the way to go as long as they are satisfied with the Quality of Service (QoS) and security.  And by now, so many enterprises have moved to cloud-based UC that there are more than enough use cases and proof points that QoS and security issues have largely been overcome.

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Topics: WebRTC and Multimedia VAS, NFV/SDN & Cloud, Communications Application Development

IoT and Video go Hand-In-Hand

by Alan Percy

Jul 17, 2017 4:02:19 PM

Like many others, I’ve been watching the adoption of video as it goes from a novel curiosity to a mainstream means of communications.  As humans, we are naturally drawn to images, especially moving images.  As a techie, I’m also drawn to automation systems and the Internet of Things.  What happens when you bring IoT and video together?

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Topics: WebRTC and Multimedia VAS, Internet of Things, Communications Application Development, Analytics

What Should the Next Generation SBC Be Able to Handle?

by Jim Machi

Jul 11, 2017 9:00:00 AM

It’s strange to be writing about a next generation SBC, given that it seems only yesterday that SBCs came to the fore.  But alas, SBCs have been around for over 15 years now. The original SBC functions that were there to support peering for IP – IP networks, such as connectivity in the form of IPv4-IPv6 interworking, NAT traversal, and SIP protocol translations and security in the form of DoS support, toll fraud, signaling encryption, and packet protection are still very much important, but the SBC has been asked to do more these days.  So if you have an SBC from the “old days” it’s likely not pulling its weight.

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Topics: WebRTC and Multimedia VAS, Signaling

Unified Communications Murkiness

by Jim Machi

Jun 27, 2017 9:02:00 AM

Everyone is talking about UC these days.  But what is it?  And why hasn’t everyone deployed it yet?

First of all, UC is a murky topic.  Unified Communications at it’s most basic level is voice, email and presence/IM capability in an application.   And some companies are very particular about saying they have UC apps because they have the basic ones.  But UC can also mean voice conferencing, video conferencing, text messaging, collaboration / document sharing, and fax.   And this contributes to different price points and target market fit. 

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Topics: WebRTC and Multimedia VAS, Legacy - Voice, Fax, Modem, Communications Application Development

Can Communications Service Providers Turn Dumb-Pipes to Differentiated Services? (Part 3) – Conversational User Experience

by Peter Kuciak

Jun 15, 2017 2:51:52 AM

 

This is part 3 of the blog series. You can read parts 1 and 2 by clicking the links below.

Part 1  

Part 2

One of the recent “hot” products entering the market are smart speakers.  No, I’m not talking about a speaker that will refuse to play Nickelback or clean up the modern music to adjust language for family consumption (that is actually not a bad idea). I’m talking about products like Google Home, Amazon Alexa, Apple, and soon, many other smart speaker devices that will no doubt flood the market in consumer, enterprise, and industrial applications.

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Topics: WebRTC and Multimedia VAS, NFV/SDN & Cloud, Internet of Things, Communications Application Development

Enhancing Avaya Solutions with Advanced Dialogic Technology

by James Rafferty

Jun 14, 2017 2:58:15 PM

Dialogic is a Technology Partner in the Avaya DevConnect program—an initiative to develop, market, and sell innovative third-party products that interoperate with Avaya technology and extend the value of a company’s investment in its network. In recent years, Dialogic has tested numerous products with various Avaya subsystems such as the Avaya Aura platform, which provides a foundation for several of Avaya’s customer engagement solutions.  Products which have been tested and certified as Avaya Compliant in recent years include the IMG 2020 Integrated Media Gateway, the PowerVille™ Load Balancer and the Controlswitch™ System

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Topics: WebRTC and Multimedia VAS, VoLTE/VoWifi & IMS, Signaling

What’s Going On with WebRTC? – June 2017 Update

by Jim Machi

Jun 6, 2017 10:37:32 AM

The hype is dying down.  The press has moved onto IoT, NFV, and clouds.  WebRTC is yesterday’s news.  You don’t hear much about it anymore.  I haven’t written about it in a while even.  But it’s becoming part of the real-time communication application fabric. In fact, according to Transparency Market Research, WebRTC is part of over $10B in communications applications with a CAGR of almost 25%.

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Topics: WebRTC and Multimedia VAS

Can Communications Service Providers Turn Dumb-Pipes to Differentiated Services? (Part 2) – Wild Wild West of Internet of Things

by Peter Kuciak

May 31, 2017 9:51:53 AM

This is part 2 of the blog series "Can Communications Service Providers Turn Dumb-Pipes to Differentiated Services?" Read part 1 here

Ok so let’s start this blog with a definition.  The Internet of Things is “the interconnection via the Internet of computing devices embedded in everyday objects, enabling them to send and receive data.” Based on that simple definition, I’m starting to understand the absolute “chaos” the market is experiencing from IoT devices flooding the shelves at BestBuy and other retailers. And I have a feeling we are just starting to accelerate in this area.

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Topics: WebRTC and Multimedia VAS, NFV/SDN & Cloud, Internet of Things, Communications Application Development

XMS 3.3 – High Capacity Video Recording

by Alan Percy

May 15, 2017 11:19:40 AM

This is the third in a multi-part blog series, explaining some of the many features and functions found in the newly released PowerMedia XMS 3.3 software.

If there is any question to the value of recording video, take note of any one of the viral videos of airline customer service “interactions” posted on YouTube.

The emergence of inexpensive storage completely changed customer service interaction and identity verification. Voice-only contact centers almost universally record all customer interactions – thus the pre-call warning that “this call may be recorded for quality and training purposes.”  You should expect the same will be true with video customer care interactions.  Recording helps resolve potential conflicts of “he said – she said” disputes with financial transactions.  Contact centers, banking, legal, and other industries require by policy or regulation that all customer interactions are archived, requiring the capability to record video interactions.

However, recording video is significantly more resource intensive than a voice-only recorder. 

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Topics: WebRTC and Multimedia VAS, Communications Application Development

XMS 3.3 – Outbound Calling and Notification

by Alan Percy

May 5, 2017 2:18:05 PM

This is the second of a multi-part blog series, explaining some of the many features and functions found in the newly released PowerMedia XMS 3.3 software.

Outbound calling applications – reverse 911, contact center call-backs, medication reminder notifications, and conferencing applications all depend on detecting whether an outbound call was completed, and then, whether it was answered by a person or a machine.   Correctly detecting the success (or failure) of an outbound call allows an application to decide whether to retry the call, leave a voice message or connect the call to an agent.  Dialogic has been a leader in developing reliable Call Progress Analysis (CPA) algorithms since the early board-level DSP products, carrying this expertise to XMS. 

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Topics: WebRTC and Multimedia VAS, NFV/SDN & Cloud, Communications Application Development

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