ShoreTel's Converged Conferencing integrates conferencing with instant messaging

* VoiceCon announcements from ShoreTel, Marshall Electronics' MXL Technology Division, Polycom, Vixxi Solutions, and VoIPshield Systems

Continuing our highlights of pre-announcements at VoiceCon San Francisco 2008, today we'll check in with product announcements from ShoreTel, Marshall Electronics' MXL Technology Division, Polycom, Vixxi Solutions, and VoIPshield Systems.

ShoreTel will showcase “Converged Conferencing” featuring integrated conferencing and instant messaging. Converged Conferencing 7.1 is designed to improve collaboration and lower costs with Web collaboration tools “in a user-friendly, simple to manage package,” according to the company.

Marshall Electronics’ MXL Technology Division, which made its debut with USB and analog business conferencing and Internet telephony products at the Internet Telephony Expo in Los Angeles in September, will show a USB conference room microphone and a personal computer speakerphone both designed to improve voice quality on computer and laptop conferencing, complementing Internet voice services like Skype.

Polycom will demonstrate new unified communications solutions across its voice, video and telepresence portfolios. Late last month, the company announced a presence-enabled solution for visual communications that unites telepresence and video collaboration with a common converged management platform along with a new 1080px high-definition telepresence portfolio.

Vixxi Solutions will demonstrate a new E911 product for IP-PBX users or vendors. The product uses geospatial technology to more closely identify a caller’s location in the event of an emergency. In addition to supporting nomadic VoIP users, the technology can also “provide unlimited caller-customized data, such as pre-existing health conditions, to a public-safety answering point (PSAP) and . . . offer the ability to simultaneously notify relatives when a 9-1-1 call is made,” according to the company’s statement.

VoIPshield Systems will show off its two recently-announced VoIP security systems including the new entry-level model VIPS 10 designed for the SMB or branch office, and the high-end model VIPS 1000 which is designed for carrier-scale networks. The company’s VoIP Intrusion Prevention products run in either IDS or IPS mode with no appreciable latency in the voice traffic. They are also designed to protect the PBX and endpoints against attacks, according to the company.

Our observation: Looks like a busy show, and these are just the pre-announcements. We’ll report in next week on what else happened at VoiceCon.

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