SYMBOL DEBUTS WIRELESS VOIP HANDSET WITH ACCEPTED STANDARDS.
Symbol sells the NetVision Phone directly to its core customers and indirectly to its community of wireless VoIP telephony and channel partners through OEM and reseller agreements. The new NetVision handset allows enterprise customers to add wireless voice connections to their in-building wireless LANs and achieve mobility with the same level of functionality as their existing Ethernet desktop phone systems. Symbol expects the demand for in-building VoIP wireless handsets, like NetVision, to grow proportionally with the adoption of 802.11b wireless LANs, as enterprise customers extend their wired networks to support wireless PDAs, laptop PCs, and yet-to-be developed converged voice and data devices.
"This remarkable product and technology innovation was a creative engineering effort designed to capitalize on the growing installed base of 802.11b 11Mpbs enterprise wireless LANs by adding enterprise level telephony capabilities," said Tomo Razmilovic, chairman and CEO, Symbol Technologies, Inc. "With in-building wireless and telephony standards widely adopted, NetVision gives our customers a flexible and cost effective way to gain open standards based mobility through wireless telephony."
The NetVision product competes in the fastest growing area of the in- building wireless market, the converged voice and data segment, which operates on the ISM (Industrial, Scientific, Medical) 2.4 GHz band.
According to the April 2001 release of "The Wireless Business Connection", the market for wireless handsets on 802.11b converged voice and data networks will have an annual growth rate of over 220 per cent for the next two years, with roughly 60,000 handsets shipping in 2001, and over 200,000 shipping in 2002. "If we combine this with the growth for Wi-Fi wireless LANs, currently approaching a $1 billion market worldwide, we believe that companies will see the benefits of adding wireless telephony to their wireless data networks," said Shelly Tyler, senior analyst, InfoTech.
The Symbol wireless VoIP product set features the NetVision family products resold with the Ericsson WebSwitch 2000 and the recently announced Ericsson WebSwitch 100 G4, a four-port desktop gateway for small business. The new NetVision phone will support these products in its initial roll out.
The wireless VoIP handset is designed to integrate directly into the Nortel Networks ITG Product line, Mitel IPERA 2000, Cisco AVVID/Call Manager, while firmware has been developed to support a host of other telephony systems from Alcatel, Innovaphone, Motorola, Vegastream, and more.
When integrated with gateway products, the NetVision wireless VoIP handset supports PBX (Private Branch Exchange) supplementary services, such as call waiting, call transfer, conferencing, call park, paging, as well as Symbol's added mobility features, including, intercom mode (walkie-talkie), text messaging, and pre-emptive roaming.
The NetVision phone also supports Symbol's Quality-of-Service (QoS) voice prioritization to guarantee high voice quality.
About Symbol Technologies
Symbol Technologies, winner of the National Medal of Technology, is a global leader in mobile data transaction systems, providing innovative customer solutions based on wireless local area networking for data and voice, application-specific mobile computing and bar code data capture. Symbol's wireless information appliances connect the physical world of people on the move, packages, paper and shipping pallets, to information systems and the Internet. Today, some 10 million Symbol bar code scanners, mobile computers and wireless LANs are utilized worldwide in markets ranging from retailing to transportation and distribution logistics, manufacturing, parcel and postal delivery, government, healthcare and education. Symbol's systems and products are used to increase productivity from the factory floor to the retail store, to the enterprise and out to the home.
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