Avaya to offer secure Apple iPhone access to corporate telephony

Published December 20th, 2007 - 02:15 GMT

Avaya has announced that Avaya one-X Mobile will support the Apple iPhone. The company also announced the availability of Avaya one-X Mobile for the BlackBerry, Palm, Java and WAP mobile devices. The first company to announce access to enterprise communications from the iPhone, Avaya now extends this access from the broadest range of mobile devices of any enterprise communications manufacturer today.

Avaya one-X Mobile allows businesses and employees to extend unified communications. Avaya one-X Mobile unites enterprise and mobile networks, allowing the two to work together more effectively while increasing the value of existing investments in communications infrastructure.

With Avaya one-X Mobile, an easy-to-use, downloadable interface now converts mobile devices from RIM, Palm, Motorola, LG, Nokia, Samsung, Sanyo, Sony Ericsson and others into another endpoint on the corporate network. From the iPhone, users will have iPhone optimized access to the Avaya one-X Mobile interface, providing the same ability to make the iPhone their personal remote control for enterprise communications.


“Workers now have the power of their desk phone in their pocket, plus greater control over managing their time and availability, said Roger El Tawil, channel and marketing director, Avaya MENA. “Inbound calls to their extension can simultaneously ring up to five designated endpoints, so they can take calls where they need to be - in or out of the office, on the road or at home. They can also seamlessly switch from the mobile device to desk phone in mid-call with the push of a button.”


At the same time, VIP screening enables them to control privacy by setting parameters on which live calls ring through and when. In addition, with one-X Mobile, employees can visually view voice messages and select which ones to play immediately from the device without dialing into the corporate voice mail platform.

"The reality is that many enterprises out there have mobile workforces using a variety of devices from a variety of vendors. Enterprise solutions that support multiple mobile operating systems and reference designs for both smartphones and features phones have a distinct advantage in becoming pervasive productivity tools," says Sean Ryan, Research Analyst, Mobile Enterprise Device Solutions at IDC. "While organizations are keen to reign in the numbers and types of enterprise ready devices, mobile workers and business decision makers are moving in the opposite direction."

Since one-X Mobile routes business calls through the company's network, businesses and organizations improve employee responsiveness to customers, worker productivity and business continuity while reducing mobile calling costs and supporting compliance requirements. Employees are accessible to customers and colleagues through a single number regardless of their location and can remain available during emergency or planned outages. Companies subject to compliance requirements can record calls taken or made through the mobile device and have a single source for call records.

The solution is available as part of the Avaya Unified Communications Standard Edition. The Avaya Unified Communications Standard Edition is an applications suite providing enterprise telephony, conferencing and mobility solutions to support employees anywhere they need to work to be effective, enabling access through Avaya clients, web portals, Microsoft Office Communicator or IBM Lotus Sametime. Avaya one-X Mobile can also be purchased separately.

About Avaya

Avaya delivers Intelligent Communications solutions that help companies transform their businesses to achieve marketplace advantage. More than 1 million businesses worldwide, including more than 90 percent of the FORTUNE 500 (R), use Avaya solutions for IP Telephony, Unified Communications, Contact Centers and Communications-Enabled Business Processes. Avaya Global Services provides comprehensive service and support for companies, small to large. For more information visit the Avaya Web site: http://www.avaya.co.uk


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