Alcatel-Lucent has announced support for smartphones and high-definition videoconferencing in its new OmniTouch 8400 Instant Communications Suite of products.
The set of products sells for US$140(£100) per user, a spokesman said, with an added cost for servers. The server pricing was not disclosed.
The support for smartphones and videoconferencing comes in addition to previous support from Alcatel-Lucent for unifying voice, messaging, fax services and Web services, said Alcatel. The OmniTouch 8400 suite is based on Linux, which Alcatel said will help businesses trying to integrate it with existing business applications.
Tom Burns, president of Alcatel-Lucent enterprise activities, said that the suite would allow high-quality collaboration over many modes, including phone, desktop PC, laptop or smartphone.
Support for smartphones means that users can get enterprise-based telephone functions, instant messaging, directory searches and even dual-mode cellular-to-WiFi connections via their smartphones by using the 8400 server. For example, a call to a desktop phone can be automatically forwarded to a smartphone, and system directories for colleagues' phone numbers and personal information can be called up on a smartphone.
The 8400 also provides high-definition Web video support using the H.264 specification, which will bring videoconferencing to a PC or laptop. An instant messaging discussion can be transformed easily into a high-definition video call, or even a multi-party videoconference, with the addition of a web camera and other tools.
The system will scale to 100,000 users at multiple sites and works with any existing network, Alcatel-Lucent said.
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