In a way, it's not surprising that the sixth IMS/NGN Forum interoperability "plugfest," and the first to be held since the organizations formerly merged this week, will drill down into the unified communications (UC) space.
Symantec Corp. has agreed to acquire MessageLabs, a provider of online messaging and Web security services, for about $695 million. MessageLabs sells managed services for anti-spam, anti-virus, image control, content filtering, instant messaging security, boundary and policy encryption, and e-mail arching and backup. The acquisition is scheduled to be completed before the end of the year.
Voorhees College in Denmark, SC has deployed NEC Unified Solutions' Sphericall to provide users with software-based voice and desktop communications tools as part of its voice over IP system. Sphericall provides a means for faculty and staff to interact between departments and connect with students using IP voice or desktop communication tools across the college, which has five locations in South Carolina.
TW Telecom is helping connect 12 research universities in Louisiana through a 600 megabit Ethernet connection, recently deployed as a part of the Louisiana Optical Network Initiative (LONI).
Hothand Wireless, which delivers "recreation" information to mobile devices, said it has added 10 university partners to its service, among them Georgia Institute of Technology, Ohio State University, and Stanford.
A suite of five software applications developed by students at Stanford University to run on Apple's iPhone is now being tested on campus. Two are for students, to manage course registration and bills. The other three will allow users to access Stanford's searchable campus map, get team scores and schedules, and check listings in the university's online directory, StanfordWho.
Cisco, a company synonymous with telecommunications networks, is flexing its muscles in yet another arena--unified communications. Last Wednesday, the company set the stage for head butts with incumbents IBM and Microsoft by unveiling a UC portfolio for the enterprise.
University of Michigan football fans get to play with enhanced wireless communications through an arrangement with Verizon Wireless, which has activated a cell on light truck (COLT) that doubles capacity in and around Michigan Stadium on game days.
Two companies, Experian QAS and RuffaloCODY, have released an integrated edition of their software intended for colleges, universities, public broadcasting organizations, Greek organizations, and other nonprofits. QAS for RuffaloCODY combines QAS Pro Web for address validation on Web sites and intranets with RuffaloCODY's new CampusCall 3.3 phonathon automation software.
The 6,000-student Fayetteville State University in North Carolina has deployed a Federal Signal campus safety and security system to alert students, faculty and staff in the event of unsafe weather or dangerous campus conditions.