Unify launches Ansible as Circuit UC SaaS platform

Unify’s long-awaited Project Ansible gets its formal launch as Circuit, a single-pane-of-glass unified comms software platform

Unify, the unified communications (UC) supplier – formerly named Siemens Enterprise Communications – has unveiled its new software-as-a-service (SaaS) UC system, Circuit. Its launch follows two years of development and promises to enhance business communications and productivity.

Previously codenamed Project Ansible – the name of a fictional communications device from the novels of Ursula K Le Guin – Circuit comprises a single-pane-of-glass platform incorporating voice, video and instant messaging, as well as screen and file sharing.

It includes the ability to collaborate in a user’s preferred – rather than prescribed – fashion, as well as contextual search capabilities; content storage and history, offering instant access to files and conversations; social networking features; and a cross-platform look and feel.

Unify claimed by storing and managing information through associations and collaborations – removing the burden of switching between applications from the workforce and, more effectively, enabling mobile and remote working, as well as employee-owned devices – it will offer an improved experience to its users.

The firm also said it was the first communications and collaboration software offering to incorporate web real-time communications (WebRTC) standards, providing better quality video and voice across multiple devices, while using potentially limited bandwidth resources in the most effective way possible.

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A number of customers have already been beta testing Circuit, including German design consultancy Hyve, and the City of Zurich in Switzerland.

ICT system engineer at City of Zurich Michael Deppert said the company were already seeing an improvement in the way its teams communicate and collaborate. 

"The product is the first step in the right direction,” he said.

Unify CEO Dean Douglas said the firm had consciously thought about how to make people feel better about their work experience throughout the development process.

“We created an experience that mimics the brain, and naturally transforms the collaborative process and teamwork. Simply put, we’ve enabled a new way to work that is about people first – that is our passion. 

"With our focus on making work more enjoyable we know it leads to more productivity, which makes people happier and then enables them to create greater value for our customer – the enterprise,” he said.

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