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  • video conferencing (video conference)

    A video conference is a live, visual connection between two or more people residing in separate locations for the purpose of communication.

  • gatekeeper

    A gatekeeper is a management tool for H.323 multimedia networks.

  • Session Initiation Protocol (SIP)

    Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) is a signaling protocol used for initiating, maintaining, modifying and terminating real-time sessions that involve video, voice, messaging and other communications applications and services between two or more endpoints on IP networks.

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Collaboration Applications for UC

Collaboration applications for unified communications are the interfaces and systems that can greatly improve productivity and maximize IT assets by allowing employees to have a seamless work experience, no matter what the IT infrastructure, device or location. Learn about collaboration software and collaborative applications such as video conferencing, telepresence and mobile unified communications, as well as unified communications application integration with mission-critical enterprise applications and call centers.

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  • video conferencing (video conference)

    A video conference is a live, visual connection between two or more people residing in separate locations for the purpose of communication.

  • communications platform as a service (CPaaS)

    Communications platform as a service (CPaaS) is a cloud-based delivery model that allows organizations to add real-time communication capabilities, such as voice, video and messaging, to business applications by deploying application program interfaces (APIs). 

  • unified communications and collaboration (UCC)

    Unified communications and collaboration (UCC) is the collection of technology and software that combines enterprise communication with real time, asynchronous cooperation capabilities.

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Implementing UC

Successfully implementing unified communications and managing it depends on first building a solid infrastructure to support your unified communications solutions, then having a solid strategy in place to manage UC application performance and troubleshoot UC hardware and software problems. Learn how to implement unified communications systems and deal with the challenges unified communications solutions present, like security, interoperability and standards adherence, compatibility and adoption.

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  • DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol)

    DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) is a network management protocol used to dynamically assign an Internet Protocol (IP) address to any device, or node, on a network so they can communicate using IP.

  • Session Initiation Protocol (SIP)

    Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) is a signaling protocol used for initiating, maintaining, modifying and terminating real-time sessions that involve video, voice, messaging and other communications applications and services between two or more endpoints on IP networks.

  • identity management (ID management)

    Identity management (ID management) is the organizational process for identifying, authenticating and authorizing individuals or groups of people to have access to applications, systems or networks by associating user rights and restrictions with established identities.

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IP Telephony

The next generation of enterprise communications depends on reliable, converged voice and data networks to reach its potential. Whether you're considering IP telephony deployment or troubleshooting quality issues before a unified communications installation, this section provides a wealth of resources on cost issues, IP telephony products and systems, network planning and testing, VoIP protocols, implementation help, QoS and security issues.

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  • network protocols

    Network protocols are sets of established rules that dictate how to format, transmit and receive data so computer network devices -- from servers and routers to endpoints -- can communicate regardless of the differences in their underlying infrastructures, designs or standards.

  • busy lamp field (BLF)

    A busy lamp field (BLF) is a light on a VoIP phone -- also known as an IP phone -- that tells end users when another extension within the system is in use by displaying a clear status on the phone's display.

  • gatekeeper

    A gatekeeper is a management tool for H.323 multimedia networks.

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Understanding UC

Understanding unified communications demands a firms grip on the technology, as well as a solid grasp of the many unified communications solutions, unified communications vendors and unified communications services available in the UC marketplace today. In this section, communications managers will find the general resources they need to develop a strong unified communications strategy and make sure they propose UC solutions, platforms and products that meet the business and ROI expectations of their enterprise.

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  • speech technology

    Speech technology is a type of computing technology that enables an electronic device to recognize, analyze and understand spoken word or audio.

  • unified communications (UC)

    Unified communications (UC) is a framework for integrating various asynchronous and real-time communication tools, with the goal of enhancing business communication, collaboration and productivity.

  • UCaaS (Unified Communications as a Service)

    Unified communications as a service (UCaaS) is a cloud delivery model that offers a variety of communication and collaboration applications and services.

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