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Austin Texas, USA - 2nd August 2001
Siemens and Proxim Conduct First Public Demonstration of Voice Calls Using HomeRF(TM)
High Quality Voice Calls over Broadband Services Will Increase Communications Options for Consumers
Siemens, the leading global authority in defining the voice component of the HomeRF integrated voice and data wireless networking standard, and Proxim, Inc., the leader in wireless broadband networking, today announced the industry's first public HomeRF voice call demonstration. The integrated voice capability will enable high-quality voice calls and unified voice-data messaging over broadband services, opening up new communications options for consumers.
With HomeRF 2.0's new voice capability, broadband service providers will be able to offer consumers fast Internet access and the ability to make calls over their broadband connections -- calls that sound as good as the calls made over their phone lines. And because HomeRF is wireless, consumers can do all this from anywhere in the home or yard. HomeRF 2.0 allows consumers to securely and easily share Internet access on PCs, cordless phones, handheld devices and other Internet appliances in their homes without wires.
"One of the greatest things about the integration of toll-quality voice into the HomeRF wireless networking technology is that we can do it at a consumer price point today,'' said Kevin Duffy, vice president of Home Networking for Siemens. "The long-held promise of voice-data convergence and unified messaging is now becoming a reality for consumers -- easy to install, high quality, high performance home communications.''
"This technology has the ability to change the way we use and see phones in the home,'' said HomeRF Working Group (HRFWG) chairperson Ken Haase. "HomeRF has the potential to become the worldwide cordless phone standard with its ability to integrate voice, data and entertainment on the handset. Siemens and Proxim are helping to make that a reality and accelerate the technological developments.''
The demonstration, which consists of a voice call from a Siemens cordless handset through a Proxim Voice Data Module (VDM) gateway to a standard phone line, validates the HomeRF voice technology from the silicon through the system architecture. Combining four dedicated channels of high quality digital voice with 10 Mbps data transmissions in a single wireless protocol enables an entirely new generation of voice-data applications and services. Flexible and extensible voice-data applications are in development for PCs, Web pads and many other devices in home and small office networks. Telephone carriers, home automation companies and independent software vendors can leverage and expand these applications for advanced services that bring value to customers.
HomeRF supports CLASS service features like call waiting, caller ID, forwarding to individual handsets, distinctive ringing, 911 breakthrough and more on an interoperable basis by providing a standard specification designed to move DECT forward to worldwide application with data and streaming media support at 10 Mbps and beyond. HomeRF is the only wireless home networking standard that provides for simultaneous support of up to eight toll-quality voice connections, eight prioritized streaming media sessions and multiple Internet and network resource connections at broadband speeds.
HRFWG is comprised of a promoter group that includes Compaq, Motorola, National Semiconductor and Proxim, in addition to Siemens. The promoter group reflects the broad range of applications for HomeRF technology by extending beyond PC companies to now include consumer electronics, semiconductor and cordless voice technology representation, thus further strengthening HomeRF as the front-runner of wireless home networking.
Siemens intends to begin field trials with broadband carriers in Q4 2001 and release product to retail business partners mid-year 2002.
About The HomeRF Working Group
Membership in the group includes more than 50 companies made up of leading companies across the PC, consumer electronics, networking, peripherals, communications, software, retail channel, home control and semiconductor industries worldwide.
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HomeRF http://www.homerf.org Siemens http://www.icm.siemens.com Proxim http://www.proxim.com
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