A universal three-in-one set-top network interface for domestic and small office markets that promises access to voice, video and data streams delivering a rich repertoire of services over triple-play broadband networks has been developed by IST project AVPACK.
"The unit is aimed at network operators and service providers that deploy such networks, and will enable them to offer value-added services and develop new markets," says Christos Georgopoulos of inAccess Networks, the company marketing the unit. "Service providers can configure units remotely, and customise them according to the services rented by subscribers."
The units have wired and wireless interfaces for Internet and power line communications. They offer an impressive array of functions such as voice-over IP (VoIP) that enables subscribers existing telephones to make calls over the Internet; a built-in private telephone switchboard with features such as call queuing, call forwarding, voice mail, least-cost routing, etc.; a data router and firewall, with full support for virtual private networks and encryption; backup circuits; and support for multimedia content handling and delivery.
Tara Morris | IST Results
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