Unified-Communications-as-a-Service (UCaaS) provides enterprises with capabilities and flexibilities that on-premises environments cannot compete with. The scalability and cost of a cloud-based solution is a logical choice for organizations looking to add more connected devices, that need to support a remote workforce, and that want to benefit from the many features that augment team collaboration and productivity. These factors have increased in importance since the rapid shift to teleworking. Read More >
The great migration from on-premises phone systems to cloud-based Unified-Communications-as-a-Service (UCaaS) increased in popularity this year. UCaaS capabilities seem to solve many UC-related administration and operational burdens although challenges remain, especially when it comes to Enhanced 911 (E911). With E911 compliance being of critical importance and one of the main E911 challenges for many enterprises, here is a high-level overview of the E911 rules and regulations that apply to a UCaaS environment, and how to plan an E911 strategy with E911 compliance in mind. Read More >
Intrado Life & Safety collaborated with UC Today to provide the Unified Communications (UC) community with an informative and educational video on meeting 911 Multi-Line Telephone Systems (MLTS) regulations in the United States. Read More >
Someone in distress, unable to speak, dials 911 from their VoIP system at the office. The Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) receives the call with the following E911 location information: 123 Main Street, Marketing department, port 16. The PSAP then transmits the location data to first responders. However, once on-site, the emergency team finds a campus that consists of numerous multi-story buildings. Where is the Marketing department, and where is the location of port 16? First responders spend seconds, if not minutes, trying to pinpoint the precise location of the caller.
PSAPs need to transmit location information in a format that first responders can easily identify and understand. When seconds count and emergency teams need to find a person requiring immediate assistance, they simply don’t have time to figure out the location of a port or department within an enterprise’s facility.
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Last month, West’s Emergency Gateway (EGW), an on-site appliance that streamlines E911 management and tracks IP phones, received a Letter of Compliance for Avaya Aura Session Manager 7.0 and Avaya Aura Communication Manager 7.0.
911 is the most essential service your end users will ever require. As enterprises move towards adopting new technology platforms like Avaya Aura 7.0, there are obvious and important benefits behind those business decisions: increased communication and collaboration, better security, ease-of-administration and decreased total cost of ownership. At West, our job is to make sure our customers who are making IP-PBX purchases or upgrades don’t overlook 911.
West, a technology Partner in the Avaya DevConnect Program
West has been a Technology Partner in the Avaya DevConnect program since 2007. Our ongoing collaboration with Avaya helps us to deliver products and services that are designed and rigorously tested to seamlessly integrate with Avaya platforms, providing our customers with an enhanced level of confidence in our products’ interoperability and ease of deployment.
West is the link between the public and public safety, so it’s critical that our enterprise solutions are tightly synchronized with our customers’ current deployments while, at the same time, anticipating where the next technology shifts are occurring.
We’re extremely pleased to receive the Letter of Compliance from Avaya. West’s enterprise solutions are compatible with every major IP-PBX platform, which translates to millions of employees, student and end users who will be quickly routed to the nearest public safety agency when they need help—and thousands of Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) and first responders will know exactly where to find them. We can’t imagine a time when we won’t need emergency assistance but, fortunately, we live in a world with technologies that can improve the outcomes of the first response.
With more and more devices connecting over Wi-Fi, enterprises need to be able to rely on proven strategies.
As wireless desk phones proliferate and the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) revolution continues to pick up steam, enterprises are discovering that an E911 strategy for Unified Communications (UC) adoption must now include a strategy for devices connecting over Wi-Fi. This State-of-the-Industry post describes the challenges of wireless UC for E911 for voice planners and provides an introduction to future installments of our special Enterprise Wireless UC E911 Strategy Guide webinar.
Cisco Jabber for Windows is emerging as one of the most popular user collaboration tools in the Cisco UC environment, enabling users to engage across various communication media from a single interface. Read More >
New developments in the Cisco space!
First, 911 Enable has completed interoperability verification testing with Cisco Unified Communications Manager 8.5. This ensures that organizations using this latest version of UCM can count on 911 Enable’s Emergency Gateway for seamless E911 support – automatic IP phone tracking, security desk routing and notification, and reporting and management functions. To learn more, read the press release here.
Second, 911 Enable recently released a new white paper that compares the capabilities of Cisco Emergency Responder with 911 Enable’s Emergency Gateway. This white paper is a useful tool for organizations using Cisco UCM who are evaluating E911 management systems – it breaks down what each system can support, so organizations can make sure they select an E911 management system that meets their precise requirements. You can download the white paper here.
Finally, 911 Enable will be exhibiting in Booth 1170 at Cisco Live 2011. We’ll be showcasing our solutions for Cisco, including demonstrations of some of our ground-breaking E911 capabilities, so make sure to stop by with your questions and to say hello. This year’s show will be held July 10-14 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. To learn more and register, check out the show’s website here.