NMS Communications Introduces New Version of PacketMedia that enables Telco Equipment Suppliers and ASPs to achieve their goals for scalability performance cost and time to market Friday 8 June 2001 PDF Print 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 response (IVR). 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 types · 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 longer-term value." "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." T&S Software "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." Webley Systems "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 VoiceXML. 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: http://www.nmscommunications.com/NMS/nmssweb.nsf/productlist... http://www.nmscommunications.com/nms/news.nsf/URLLookup/Pack... 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 performance. NMS Communications: Technology for Tomorrow's Networks. Visit http://www.nmscommunications.com for more information. NMS Communications, Convergence Generation and PacketMedia are trademarks of NMS Communications Corporation. 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