Fonality Flips the Switch on Follow-Me, Find-Me Phones

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2008-03-04 Print this article Print

Fonality is updating its business phone system to detect when users are tapping away at their keyboards-as well as when, how and where to find them if they're not.

Fonality on March 4 is announcing a major upgrade to its business phone system-the PBXtra 4.0-that promises to sniff employees out and forward calls to their cell phones if it detects that they're not tapping away at their keyboards.

PBXtra 4.0's new FindMe feature allows users to stipulate when and how they can be tracked down, based on personal schedules and rules, but it also has new built-in presence detection that can pick up on users' keyboard and mouse activities, routing calls to users' cell phones if all is quiet on their PC.

Fonality is the purveyor of a hybrid hosted IP PBX and IP-based calling service that's built on the open-source Asterisk IP PBX.

Read the full story on eWEEK's Midmarket site. 

Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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