Avaya extends functions to remote workers

Avaya announced it is extending its IP and telephony capabilities to the branch office/remote worker to increase collaboration...

Avaya announced it is extending its IP and telephony capabilities to the branch office/remote worker to increase collaboration between connected and disconnected employees.

The Avaya Enterprise Connect solutions offer a set of services that provide remote workers with "headquarters-like" features and functions including its MultiVantage IP telephony, contact centre, unified communications and messaging applications from a central location to any size office or home over a secure converged network.

According to research from In-Stat/MDR, 53% of employees work in branch and home offices in the US, representing a disconnected majority. Avaya said these workers often experience gaps between their locations and headquarters that result in decreased productivity and increased operating costs.

Avaya's Enterprise Connect solutions directly target these challenges and eliminate the gaps by providing remote workers with access to the same tools and information as employees in primary locations.

As part of the Enterprise Connect Solutions, the company, in conjunction with Multi-Tech, a remote-access and telephony product manufacturer, unveiled the IP telephony gateway, designed for large companies with small, distributed offices.

According to Multi-Tech, the offering brings an economical media gateway to small office users that eliminates the need to manage disparate, standalone key and private branch exchange (PBX) platforms.

Multi-Tech’s MultiVOIP gateways extend Avaya’s MultiVantage software communications applications from a centrally managed system to small offices with up to ten people. The gateways are combination IP telephony gateways and gatekeepers that offer an alternative to systems using separate PC-based gatekeepers. The MultiVOIPs come in two-port desktop and four- or eight-port rack mounted versions, and are H.323 compatible.

The Multi-Tech gateways provide a bridge from the remote office voice and data network to a central Avaya Media Server over an IP wide area network link and also bridge the PSTN to the IP network by connecting to one or more analogue trunks.

The Avaya Enterprise Connect solutions along with Multi-Tech’s MultiVOIP gateways/gatekeepers are available now.

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