BlackBerry maker Research In Motion and Cisco announced a new BlackBerry Mobile Voice System Server for use with Cisco's Unified Communications Manager. Gearing up for its WES show in Orlando, starting May 5, RIM also announced an alliance with HP.
Research In Motion has announced, along
with other news
coming on the eve of its Wireless Enterprise Symposium, in
Orlando, Fla., a new version of its BlackBerry Mobile
Voice System Server
, optimized for use with Cisco Systems' Unified
Communications Manager, version 6.1 or later.
This version of the BlackBerry Mobile Voice System Server offers
a closer link between office desktop phones and employee BlackBerry
According to RIM
features will include:
The option of a single "reach me anywhere" number, creating
one caller ID, voice mailbox and phone number for both the BlackBerry and the
Simultaneous or sequential ringing for up to four devices.
Telephony desktop functions such as extension dialing and
call transfers to BlackBerry devices.
The ability to make calls on a BlackBerry using either the
smartphone number or the desktop number.
The ability to transition an in-session call from a
BlackBerry device to a desktop phone.
The new RIM product features deeper integration with the BlackBerry
Enterprise Server (BES) and direct SIP integration between the Cisco Unified
Communications Manager and the BlackBerry MVS Server.
Out-going calls on BlackBerry devices can be made to route
through the BES and Cisco manager for added security and manageability.
example, the solution enables call logging, which can be used for auditing or
regulatory purposes. The solution can also route the call through the
least-expensive method; enable IT policies and controls to be put in place; and
assign phone numbers to specific BlackBerry devices, enabling an enterprise to
pass the number to a new contact person, should an employee leave the company.
"The integrated solution now enables IT professionals to
manage mobile costs by extending corporate voice policy to their mobile
devices, while offering BlackBerry smartphone users a rich set of familiar
enterprise features through the same elegant user interface of the BlackBerry
smartphone," Laurent Philonenko, general manager of Cisco's Unified
Communications business unit, wrote in a statement.
The solution will be available in North America in the third
quarter of 2009.