Author: com_admin

Just returned from ITEXPO. It was in blazing-hot Austin, TX, which is a very cool town. And it was very cool for Commetrex and NetGen Communications, our sister company, which is producing and marketing Smart ATA, which we announced at the show. It also turned out to be way cool for the ITSPs who stopped at our booth when they learned about Smart ATA, and what it could do for their success with FoIP.

If you read our newsletters, you may remember that Commetrex has developed a new FoIP technology, Smart FoIP, which, among other things, improves the success of FoIP session establishment by up to 10% in SIP networks. Now, instead of talking about technology, we’re talking about a product that uses the technology to solve major problems for the industry.

Two years ago we did some serious outbound testing with the cooperation of Copia International, one of our enterprise-fax server OEMs. Copia’s CopiaFacts is a full-function server for the enterprise, but it has a bunch of features that the mission-critical fax-broadcast guys find to be really helpful. So we were able to gather some very beneficial data as Copia performs evals for broadcast customers.

[caption id="attachment_2477" align="alignright" width="133"]Cliff Schornak Cliff Schornak[/caption] In marketing, it’s axiomatic that the market leader enjoys the highest margins, but it doesn’t end there. It extends to giving the large company a ride when it comes to interoperability problems in the field. If there’s a problem, it must be the little guy. Right? In this case, the little guy is Commetrex. And even though we can make a very strong case for being the industry’s interop leader, we still must prove that it’s not our problem if the other vendor is much bigger then we are. Goes with the territory.

Smart FoIPThe wide-scale deployment of V.34 fax terminals is making the design of FoIP-capable IP-PSTN gateways much more of a challenge since V.34 terminals employ a completely different start-up sequence than non-V.34 machines. Moreover, since gateways typically begin calls in G.711 pass-through mode (rather than T.38), V.34-capable endpoints can actually “hear each other” well in advance of the resolution of the SIP signaling resolving the session’s setup. This means the gateways must take an “activist” role to ensure that T.38 is “given a chance” prior to the endpoints going on their merry way, leaving the gateways behind.