Panasonic Releases Latest Unified Communications Solutions Suite

One offering, the KX-NS700G, is a compact, hybrid communication solution prepackaged and designed for small businesses with up to 18 digital lines.

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Panasonic System Communications announced a suite of unified communications (UC) solutions that includes a communications platform, IP cameras and software.

The KX-NS700G is a compact, hybrid communication solution and the newest server in the KX-NS700 line, prepackaged and designed to support the small-business marketplace.

The platform offers users flexible access to their communications system and comes equipped to support up to six analog phone lines, 18 digital lines, four IP proprietary and four single-line telephones, two channels of unified messaging and up to 500 mailboxes.

"It is extremely important for businesses of any size to have a strong UC system allowing employees and partners to seamlessly communicate with one another and their customers," Panasonic Product Manager Gary Moeller told eWEEK. "As we see a continued evolution to the work from anywhere, anytime mindset, a reliable UC system that offers advanced services and can support a mobile workforce with multisite environments has never been more important."

In addition, Panasonic introduced the KX-NTV150 and KX-NTV160, its latest IP camera communication solutions designed for indoor and outdoor surveillance.

The KX-NTV series allows users to engage with visitors and employees using combined HD video and audio channels thanks to a built-in camera, speakerphone and Web-viewer features.

"One of the challenges of deploying a UC system can be the perceived expense, but in actuality, there are many low-cost solutions and subscription-based services available as well as systems that are easy to use and offer grow-as-you-go capabilities," Moeller explained. "We also get a lot of questions about the potential challenges of upgrading to a new IP telephony solution. Of course, any-sized business should weigh the benefits versus cost of any solution, but in almost all cases, the transition from an end-of-life system to a newer, more efficient IP-based solution results in more business-friendly features plus cost savings."

When connected to the Panasonic KX-NS business communication server series, the UC Mobility client gives users advanced functionality, including voice call, video call, chat, presence-sharing and image-sharing, in one application.

"We expect to see the continued untethering of the UC landscape moving to wireless, hosted and cloud-based systems and services. It’s an exciting time and one where hybrid communication solutions that can offer greater flexibility and integration will rise to the top," Moeller said. "Our customers need flexible, customizable solutions to be able to run their businesses as efficiently and effectively as possible."