Siemens Communications is set to launch a unified communications product for small and medium size businesses.

Dubbed HiPath OpenOffice ME, the UC appliance will offer companies with 20 to 150 users much but not all of the same features that larger enterprises are now deploying.

While it lacks the customisability and redundancy of Siemens enterprise UC products, it does have the same three major components of a UC platform: A single application for all categories of communications; a single user interface for both administrators and users, and a single reporting and management capability that aggregates data on all forms of communications onto a single platform.

"Our presence technology bleeds across all communications methodologies, including cell phones, instant messaging, and within applications," said Siemens vice president Al Baker.

The OpenOffice suite includes but is not limited to VoIP and presence awareness.

As a suite option, another new product called Wireless C20 Controller will allow businesses to move both voice and data traffic through wired and wireless connections, allowing users a single telephone number for all calls on all devices.

Besides the SMB offerings and its own OpenScape enterprise offering, Siemens licenses its SIP technology, presence/collaboration engine middleware, and logic that ties it all together, to the likes of IBM and SAP.

The company will announce the suite on 22 October.