Media Server Platform Delivers Rich Mixed Media,Support for Speech Recognition and Audio
Streaming,Broader Communications Protocol Support
NMS Communications (NASDAQ: NMSS), the leading supplier of technology for tomorrow's
networks, today unveiled a new version of its PacketMedia™ IP (Internet Protocol) media
server platform. The versatile and powerful platform allows IP voice technology to be used
for advanced enhanced services - streaming audio to the phone, voice-activated dialing, voice
Web services, voice browser, wireless Web access, IP conferencing and more - while providing
more traditional enhanced services such as unified communications and interactive voice
Key features of PacketMedia are:
· Industry-leading port density provides support for 240 universal ports per board, which is
more than double the number of ports being offered today
· High-performance mixed-media processing enables real- time processing of multiple media
· Expanded multiprotocol communications, as well as open standards mean that accelerated
development and deployment of enhanced services are available
IP Media Servers Increase Enhanced Services Opportunities
"PacketMedia delivers the exceptional flexibility and functionality required to meet evolving
service provider requirements," said Brian Demers, vice president and general manager of the
New Network Solutions business unit at NMS Communications. "As a result, communications
equipment providers can deploy this best-in-class platform and enjoy immediate as well as
"When IP media servers have the versatility to deliver innovative, scalable enhanced services
over packet networks or the PSTN, they truly increase business opportunities for
communications equipment providers and their service provider customers," Demers continued.
"But an OEM's engineering team doesn't often have the considerable time and resources needed
to create a media server with the ideal combination of performance, functions, features and
economics. Our new version of PacketMedia makes it practical for media server developers to
achieve goals for scalability, performance, cost and time-to-market that were previously
beyond reach because of real-world constraints on their budgets and schedules."
By leveraging IP technology to enable the broadest possible range of enhanced services,
PacketMedia prepares communications equipment suppliers to capture revenue and increase their
share in a growing market.
Communications Leaders Value PacketMedia ETC
"We welcome the significant advances NMS is adding to PacketMedia and the opportunity it
brings to our own Emcee product," said Joe Voight, Vice President of Sales and Marketing of
ETC (Electronic Tele-Communications, Inc.). "Exciting possibilities for enhanced services
continue to unfold with the rise of packet networks, yet these services must coexist with the
traditional phone network. The density, the mixed-media processing and, of course, the
flexibility of the PacketMedia design make it a powerful choice for enhanced services that
can be expanded as new opportunities appear. We haven't seen another technology in the
market today that combines everything that this complete media server platform does."
"We were pleased to discover that a single offering integrated the many capabilities we
require from a next-generation, carrier-grade media server platform, said Michael Keilhofer,
Chief Technology Officer at T&S Software. "PacketMedia offers us a tangible advantage in
meeting a long list of needs: transparent service delivery over the Internet or the PSTN;
high-performance processing for multiple media types, including voice and fax; proven
robustness; ample scalability; and a unified development environment that keeps us in a prime
position to add features quickly."
"Because we are using the PacketMedia family products, we especially appreciate these
enhancements from NMS," said Alex Kurganov, chief technology officer at Webley Systems, Inc.
"Webley depends on carrier-strength IP media server technology for our natural-speech driven,
unified communications services. It's critical that our media server platform be able to grow
with us into the future - which is clearly the direction NMS is setting with PacketMedia."
Targeted to telecommunications equipment vendors and other application service providers, the
PacketMedia hardware/software platform features significant new capabilities:
· Unsurpassed port density and capacity. Support for 240 universal ports per board and up to
300 voice ports per board more than doubles the number of ports being offered today. The New
Convergence Generation™ (CG) 6500 Series hardware, available in Q4 2001, provides capacity
unmatched among platforms of its type. Because the development environment remains the same,
PacketMedia applications and services created using today's CG 6000 Series hardware can
readily take advantage of this cost-effective high-density board without application changes.
· Mixed-media processing. PacketMedia scales to this density with no tradeoff in its
high-performance, real-time processing of multiple media types. Dedicated digital signal
processing (DSP) resources handle media including: automatic speech recognition (ASR) with
barge-in and echo cancellation, audio streaming, text to speech (TTS), transcoding (speech
vocoding), conferencing, simultaneous play/record, fax, native IP interactive voice response
(IVR), and DTMF tone handling.
· Expanded communications protocol support. The platform works with a comprehensive range of
communications protocols as well as open standards that help accelerate development and
deployment of enhanced services solutions based on PacketMedia. Key support includes MGCP
(Media Gateway Control Protocol), MEGACO (H.248) SIP, (Session Initiation Protocol) and
All of the PacketMedia platform's high-performance media processing functions and
communications capabilities are accessed from the PacketMedia ™ development and runtime
environment, which is designed specifically to support enhanced services over PSTN and Packet
Networks. The PacketMedia API provides a consistent interface that speeds up the
implementation and maximizes performance regardless of the interfaces, networks or devices
involved. The PacketMedia platform includes HearSay to enable rapid integration of ASR and
TTS technologies in enhanced services solutions. Another plus for developers of carrier-grade
media servers is the high availability enabled by PacketMedia on CompactPCI® versions of NMS'
CG Series hardware. Using this form factor, cards can be "hot swapped" - added, subtracted or
replaced - without interrupting media server operation.
More Information About PacketMedia
Further information about PacketMedia is available at NMS' Web site:
About NMS Communications
NMS Communications (NASDAQ: NMSS) strives to lead in the design, development and distribution
of hardware and software for the communications industry's most advanced solutions. Using NMS
products and services, the world's leading networking and telecommunications suppliers get
their solutions to market faster, and at lower costs.
NMS supplies the essential technologies for voice Web services and voice portals; eCRM
applications; IP media servers for next-generation enhanced services; packet voice and
broadband access services, including voice over IP (VoIP), voice over DSL (VoDSL) and voice
over wireless local loop (VoWLL); and for guaranteed IP voice, video and data traffic
NMS Communications: Technology for Tomorrow's Networks.
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