Agito Networks Intelligently Mobilizes Unified Communications Applications with Next-Generation Mobile Convergence Products
New Version of RoamAnywhere Introduces Mobile Context with Location-Based Enterprise Presence; Adds New Cost-Savings Capabilities to Leading FMC Platform
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – April 6, 2009 – Agito Networks, Inc., the company delivering innovative solutions in enterprise mobility, today announced the availability of the next-generation version of its award-winning RoamAnywhere Mobility Router. The RoamAnywhere Mobility Router is the industry’s most powerful enterprise fixed mobile convergence (eFMC) product, purpose built for enterprises to help them mobilize enterprise voice and unified communications applications to increase mobile worker productivity while reducing costs.
Agito Networks’ RoamAnywhere Mobility Router uniquely fuses WiFi, cellular and IP telephony with location information, improving the accessibility and responsiveness of mobile workers, while drastically reducing mobile costs (http://www.agitonetworks.com/products). RoamAnywhere mobilizes voice and Unified Communications for enterprises of all sizes, extending PBX and deskphone features to mobile phones. In addition, RoamAnywhere provides industry-leading handover between WiFi and cellular networks to reduce mobile costs and improve in-building coverage. Purpose-built for the enterprise, RoamAnywhere uniquely offers high availability, redundancy, security, enterprise scalability, and the industry’s broadest mobile handset and IP-PBX support. It works with all cellular networks, and natively integrates with enterprises’ existing equipment, including WLAN infrastructure and directory stores.
Unique in the industry, Agito’s new RoamAnywhere release introduces automatic location and context-enhanced enterprise presence functionality, intelligently mobilizing Unified Communications by extending users’ full presence state based on mobile context to users. The RoamAnywhere Presence solution integrates natively with existing enterprise presence servers, such as Microsoft OCS 2007, and provides mobile workers with the ability to determine the presence for any employee in the enterprise, including desk-bound workers using the native Microsoft Communicator application.
According to Gartner, Inc., “In 2011, 85 percent of context-enriched services will present interfaces based on location or presence information…The information that is most commonly needed will be location and presence. Location will be leveraged most in mobile, while presence will be more common in fixed settings. Still, given both, most applications that leverage any context information will start with either or both of these. Of course, there can be other context information provided, but this information will be the most consistently and widely provided.”1
RoamAnywhere Presence leverages RoamAnywhere’s location-aware architecture to automatically indicate the location of mobile users, giving the caller intelligence into a user’s presence before attempting a call or using an alternative medium, such as email/text, if the person is unavailable. Earlier mobile UC solutions apply limited and static presence information to mobile devices. In addition, these early solutions do not integrate into enterprise UC systems and lack support for PC users. RoamAnywhere Presence enables users to select the best method of communication by enabling visibility into mobile context, including status and location, to mobile and deskbound users.
“Bryant’s philosophy is that technology is our cornerstone and differentiation, and we look to innovative products such as Agito to give our students a competitive edge,” said Rich Siedzik, Director of Computer & Telecommunications Services at Bryant University. “We’ve had a good experience with Agito’s RoamAnywhere, and are especially interested in the location-based presence functionality of its 3.0 release. We see this having a very large impact on the educational experience. We can see this enhancing the learning experience for students, and improving the productivity of faculty and staff via their campus voice and UC functionalities. No other solution we have seen can do what Agito does, and students are thrilled to have this.”
RoamAnywhere’s industry lead in handset support continues to grow with the addition of several new CDMA devices, distinguishing Agito as the only eFMC vendor supporting GSM and CDMA devices. Agito now supports more than 40 mobile handsets globally. Agito has also further extended its native PBX support with the addition of the Alcatel-Lucent OmniPCX Enterprise and ShoreTel ShoreGear PBX platforms, as well as additional support for Nortel PBXs. Agito continues to support legacy TDM-based PBXes with trunk-side PBX integration. As the only eFMC vendor to support both line- and trunk-side PBX integration methods, Agito easily integrates with systems that do not support SIP lines/extensions.
Agito has also added enhanced Least Cost Routing capabilities to its policy engine. Enterprises can significantly reduce international direct dial and roaming charges with the addition of Agito’s Global Roaming feature set, including Automatic Reverse Dial, Dynamic Anchoring, and Automatic SIM Swap. Automatic Reverse Dial reduces “calling party pays” rates in European and Asian counties by automatically initiating calls from the enterprise PBX instead of the cellular phone. Dynamic Anchoring allows enterprises to capitalize on carrier provided “free mobile to mobile calls,” On-Net calling and closed user groups, in addition to routing calls over WiFi, to reduce cellular charges and international direct dialing costs. Automatic SIM Swap enables business users to use prepaid SIM cards without worry of lost calls and voicemails due to new country specific numbers.
“As presence technologies are gaining a toehold in enterprises’ mix of UC solutions, Agito is the first solution to intelligently communicate users’ full presence state based on mobile context and location,” said Pejman Roshan, Agito Networks Chief Marketing Officer. “Callers now have intelligence into a user’s presence before making a call, allowing them to select the best method of communication depending how available a person may be.”
Pricing and Availability
Pricing for the RoamAnywhere solution starts at approximately $9,995 for the 2000 Series and $27,495 for the 4000 Series. It is available later this month directly and through leading channel partners. Contact Agito Networks at http://www.agitonetworks.com for more information.
About Agito Networks
Agito Networks is the award-winning technology leader in enterprise mobility. Its product, the RoamAnywhere Mobility Router, is an innovative enterprise fixed mobile convergence (eFMC) platform enabling enterprises to extend voice and Unified Communications to cell phones. RoamAnywhere is the first and only network appliance that fuses enterprise wireless LANs, carrier cellular networks, IP telephony and location technology to mobilize voice and data applications, while remaining agnostic to customers’ choices of carrier and equipment vendors. Agito enables low-cost in-building voice coverage, reduced cellular costs, improved enterprise visibility and control over cellular usage, and better accessibility and responsiveness for mobile workers. With Corporate Headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif., and European presence in Reading, England, the company is venture backed by Battery Ventures, Castile Ventures and ITX International. Go to http://www.agitonetworks.com for more information.
Note 1 – Gartner, Inc., “Predicts 2009: Context-Aware Computing Gains Momentum,” William Clark, et al, January 21, 2009.
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