New iPad app creates secure video conferencing, collaboration

The Thrupoint Fusion UC app can tie into UC servers from Cisco, Avaya and Microsoft

A new iOS app lets enterprise iPad users set up secure video conferences with others both inside and outside their organization. The app also can leverage features such as instant messaging, presence, multi-party calling, and voicemail via a range of third-party unified communications servers.

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The Thrupoint Fusion UC app can tie into UC servers from Cisco, Avaya and Microsoft, via a session management middleware application now called Thrupoint Fusion Service Broker. Both applications, along with a battery of related SIP applications, are from Thrupoint, a New York City-based collaboration software vendor. The new mobile app extends existing enterprise UC capabilities first to iPad users and then, later this year, to Android tablet users.

The new iOS app could be downloaded by a bank's high-end customers for example, to create a tailored collaboration between those customers and their personal financial manager at the bank, blending voice, IM, video, and shared documents.

With the new app, Thrupoint also provided new details about its Thrupoint Fusion Service Broker, which features a package of interfaces, dubbed "adaptations," to interoperate with backend PBXs and other applications from a variety of vendors. In effect, the broker stitches together these multi-vendor UC solutions into a common set of features across client devices. "It opens a packet, and sees it's from Cisco and then translates it into a 'language' the [non-Cisco] target can understand," says Sajeel Hussain, Thrupoint's vice president of marketing.

A bunch of scripting templates let IT administrators write a few lines of code to create custom adaptations for Service Broker. And a policy creation application lets administrators set access and security rules for users, and other interfaces let still other third party applications be integrated into a given UC session. The Service Broker can also "translate" between SIP and HTTP/HTML5 communications, according to Hussain.

Thrupoint's software is sold to enterprise customers and to service providers. Pricing for the new Fusion UC app and Fusion Service Broker ranges from $50 to $100 each, depending on the number of users, and selected premium features.

John Cox covers wireless networking and mobile computing for Network World.


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