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17.03.2005

snom and Stalker Software – speech meets email

Both specialists enter into a partnership for VoIP solutions

Stalker Software, the technology leader in email, collaboration, and real-time communication solutions, and snom, the manufacturer of VoIP systems, are to announce their partnership at CeBIT. Both companies will work closely together in the VoIP solutions segment for medium-sized companies. Both voice and messaging specialists deliver a common solution that offers a central platform for voice and email.

Users of Stalker Software CommuniGate Pro version 4.3. or above can for example select a contact and the method of communication in their Outlook address book. According to whether they are sending an email, using instant messaging or making a call, the necessary application will automatically be started. The telephony works by means of Voice over IP technology, to which snom contributes. This also makes it possible for incoming calls to be answered irrespective of location, or voice messages to be directly forwarded as an audio file to the email inbox.

According to Dr. Harry Behrens of snom technology AG: “The advantages of the snom and Stalker Software solution lie not only in the possible cost savings via VoIP, but above all in the use of an integrated communication platform, regardless of whether it is operating as voice or data transmission”. “For this purpose the mail and messaging components of CommuniGate Pro and the VoIP components from snom are supplied. This ensures users that their communication platform can access mail and voice software from market leaders in their respective segments.

The common software solution from snom and Stalker Software guarantees a simple and quick to implement infrastructure for VoIP and unified messaging by integrating the email server with the snom IP PBX. Complex VoIP scenarios can also be realised in this way. By means of SIP, the solution ensures small and large companies as well as telecommunication and network providers the use of VoIP, multimedia, instant messaging, remote application sharing or other real-time applications. Furthermore the solution guarantees, through the integration of snom VoIP software, automatic registration services such as SIP proxy services and extensive near end and far end NAT traversal services, which were previously only possible with complex architectures or expensive hardware solutions.

Snom is famous for its know how in the field of high security VoIP and simple to operate SIP telephones. In addition, snom telephones meet the highest VoIP security guidelines of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and offer numerous functions to telephone efficiently. In the modern office the snom 4S IP PBX replaces traditional telecom branch exchanges as a forward-looking IP solution. All performance factors of a modern telecom branch exchange are available and can be expanded upon any way you choose.

Stalker Software, together with CommuniGate Pro, offers a unique messaging server. CommuniGate Pro, with its 8500 clients, supports over 58 million users with email and real time applications. CommuniGate Pro is available for more than 30 operating systems and can be implemented in companies of various sizes, from smaller companies with 25 employees and email users right up to the largest service providers with millions of users. For medium-sized companies CommuniGate Pro offers a robust, cross-platform alternative to traditional groupware applications. It enables a cost efficient, easy to manage environment without having to do away with the necessary groupware functionality. For 99.999 percent availability and security CommuniGate Pro offers the dynamic cluster solution.

“The market for VoIP is finally ready for wide-spread implementation. SIP will develop into a standard for VoIP and unified messaging,” explained Dr. Thomas M. Fleissner, manager of Stalker GmbH Germany. “Especially for medium-sized companies there is a large potential for VoIP. The use of Internet telephony will also be worthwhile for SMEs. Telephone costs will reduce and the company’s communications will be completely standardised. Together with our partner snom, we offer a wide, flexible and easily administrable base.”

About Stalker Software

Founded in 1991, Stalker Software is based in Mill Valley, California. Stalker Software is the technology leader in email, collaboration, and real-time communication solutions for more than 30 major computer platforms. The company’s core technology merges security, reliability, scalability and a wide range of integrated services, including voice and data, with ease of deployment and administration. More than 8,500 users worldwide, ranging from top-tier global telcos and ISPs to educational institutions and corporations, service over 58 million accounts with CommuniGate Pro.  Stalker Software has over 850 members in its partner network worldwide.

About snom

snom technology AG develops and manufactures VoIP telephones and related equipment based on the IETF open standard, SIP (Session Initiation Protocol). Recognized for its high-quality, customizable, and costeffective business solutions, snom is also differentiated by the company’s history in the VoIP industry, and its dedication to high security standards. All of snom’s software exists in the firmware on the phones – making it easier for users to download updates and new features. snom customers benefit from the interoperability and flexibility that the snom telephones offer, including plug and play integration and universal compatibility with any SIP-based telephony platform. Founded in 1996 and headquartered in Berlin, Germany, snom technology AG also has offices in Italy, France and the US. The company distributes its fourth generation SIP phones through its network of more than 200 authorized reseller partners in 60 countries worldwide. For more information on snom, please visit www.snom.com.