Motorola Rolls Out Enterprise VoWLAN

Using Windows Mobile-based voice over wireless LAN smart phones combined with a wireless services manager and a network services manager, Motorola provides enterprise users with mobile access to voice and data services typically tethered to the desk.

Motorola introduced a unified, enterprise-class wireless communications platform Nov. 11 that combines Windows Mobile-based voice over wireless LAN smart phones with two servers, one for integration with traditional office PBX systems and the other for providing centralized provisioning and device management.

Designed to provide enterprise users with mobile access to voice and data services normally tethered to the desk, Motorola said its TEAM (Total Enterprise Access and Mobility) solution turns a traditional desktop into a mobile virtual office.

"The TEAM solution is designed from the ground up to provide the voice quality, interoperability, mobility, scalability, security and user experiences that enterprises want," Imran Akbar, Motorola's vice president and general manager of Converged Enterprise Communications, said in a statement. "The TEAM solution is architected as a non-intrusive overlay and can be easily deployed without changes to existing infrastructure."

According to Motorola, of Schaumberg, Ill., the TEAM solution takes VoWLAN beyond voice with mobile e-mail, calendar/contact syncing, text messaging, Internet/intranet access and the flexibility of Windows Mobile 6.1 for business applications. In addition to offering telephony services integrated with the PBX and enterprise-grade push-to-talk, the TEAM solution can also interoperate with existing two-way radio systems.

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The TEAM solution is integrated into existing WLAN and PBX infrastructures, creating a single common platform for the delivery of integrated voice and data services. TEAM includes two servers: a WSM (wireless services manager) and an NSM (network services manager). The WSM provides push-to-talk services, text messaging and PBX interoperability, while the NSM provides centralized provisioning and management.

The system can scale from a few users to as many as 4,500 users. Motorola said the system will also easily incorporate future features, including dual-mode (VoWLAN and cellular), and the extension of services to other voice-capable Motorola devices such as mobile computers and bar code scanners.

A recent research report from Frost & Sullivan predicts the North American market for enterprise VoWLAN devices will grow from $110.5 million in 2007 to $2.15 billion in 2014.

"Our customers are demanding enterprise-grade voice and data solutions that can help them improve productivity while reducing operating costs," said Darryl Morin, CEO of Advanced Wireless.

Motorola's VoWLAN solution is available now in North America through the company's PartnerSelect program. Global availability is planned for early next year.