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Twisted Pair Enables UC among Disparate Wireless Endpoints

May 10, 2011

The assassination of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, which President Obama and other key U.S. officials witnessed from Washington, D.C., in real time via video, demonstrated how far we have come in using advanced communications. But sometimes just getting everybody on the same frequency can be a challenge. That became clear a decade ago this September when first responders in New York City were unable to communicate via radio because fire fighters, police and other emergency workers had incompatible radio solutions.

A company called Twisted Pair Solutions, however, has a product that enables different radios – whether analog or digital, and from any equipment provider – to talk to one another. In another move forward for unified communications, Twisted Pair recently unleashed version 5.1 of its WAVE solution.

By using IP, he adds, WAVE allows anybody on any device to talk to anybody else on the planet. WAVE is a pure software platform that includes applications that can sit on PCs or smartphones or other endpoints; also part of the solution is software that can sit on an enterprise server or in the cloud to create connections. (The company introduced its cloud-based offer, called WAVE Connections, this spring. WAVE Connections, for which setting up an account is free, turns a smartphone into a proxy for push-to-talk capability to any device.)

The military represents the largest Twisted Pair customer. The Air Force, Army, Navy and special ops each have hundreds of thousands of licenses for WAVE. But there are plenty of enterprises that have huge mobile workforces that also use WAVE. With WAVE, these organizations don’t have to invest in new devices; they can extend the communications capability of their existing endpoints – whether those endpoints are field radios, old Nokia cell phones, or the latest in smartphone technology.

Edited by Rich Steeves

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