Florida Town Rises from Hurricane Wreckage with VOIP Triple-Play - Page 3

By Ellen Muraskin  |  Posted 2004-09-04 Print this article Print

"We have about 60 points within the ring where we can connect new deployments," Martinez adds. Retrofitted deployments will run about $300 higher. Martinez explains that he has also brought his costs down by using standard Ethernet components and cabling from a range of vendors. He is similarly happy to choose IP phones or adapters from a range of vendors: The NetCentrex softswitch running the voice part of the service can run with all three widely used VOIP protocols: H.323, MGCP and SIP. The story is also worth watching because Martinez and iPlay3 are aiming beyond the "triple." LatAm is looking to use the IP network to incorporate and offer alarm monitoring services, interactive gaming, meter reading, e-learning for community colleges and such city services as interactive Webcasts of town council meetings. "The set-top box, with the Centrino chip, can take data over a wireless network to intrusion-detection contacts on doors and windows," says NetCentrexs Fernando-Santana. Going forward, that set-top box can be instructed to notify alarm service customers–or security services–with Short Message Service messages or phone calls.
Speaking in future tense is easy for visionaries. I hope to write in present and past tense about this one. Lets try to keep an eye on Homestead. Will this video-PC-voice integration work? Will the offering catch on with the occupants of these new homes and Smart Park offices? Will it beat cable on the strength of its triple-plus offerings and TV portal medium? Will it find enough services to sell through 100M bit to the premise, and will Martinez find other Miami-area communities to support through the same infrastructure? Hes made this plausible by locating his servers in Miamis main carrier peering point.
If this catches on, its going to make us revisit asymmetric digital subscriber line and VDSL advances that come under 30M bps. It may make other cities take notice. Its also going to help blur the distinction in the consumers mind between TV, PC and telco and, with it, our conception of "online." Check out eWEEK.coms VOIP & Telephony Center at http://voip.eweek.com for the latest news, views and analysis on voice over IP and telephony.

Ellen Muraskin is editor of eWEEK.com's VOIP & Telephony Center. She has worked on the editorial staff at Computer Telephony, since renamed Communications Convergence, including three years as executive editor. Muraskin's work has also appeared in Popular Science magazine and other publications.

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