Comverse has released an application that lets users know when someone they are calling is available and how they wish to be contacted.
Presence Server allows callers to determine the best means for contact by communicating the called party’s preferences, such as SMS, mobile IM and push to talk. Callers’ knowledge of called party availability, preferred means of communication and device capabilities can trigger new communication.
Charles Golvin, principal analyst at Forrester Research, said the effect of Presence would first be to harmonise communications, then boost productivity, and finally lubricate commerce.
Presence Server is designed to enable 2G operators to deploy presence-enhanced applications today, and grow to a full IP multimedia subsystem application environment over next-generation 2.5G and 3G networks.
The software’s system architecture is optimised to serve multiple IP multimedia subsystem applications such as push to talk, mobile IM and voice conferencing through one robust centralised component.
The system’s high-capacity scalable architecture and support for leading mobile communication protocols and standards, such as OMA, IMPS and SIP, should help operators migrate from legacy to next-generation networks.