Trends in IP Convergence
IP convergence is transforming business communications. Convergence allows IT organizations to consolidate their data, voice and multimedia resources on one standard backbone and then build exciting new applications that leverage those integrated services. IP convergence is transforming the way companies do business today.
Convergence allows organizations to improve their productivity and efficiency by collapsing multiple networks and services such as voice, video, and data all onto one common application-aware network. By allowing all forms of communication (voice, video and data) traffic to converge over a common infrastructure using Internet Protocol (IP) technology, IP convergence is leading to the unification of networks, thereby resulting in resource optimization.
The public and private sectors are both playing critical roles in the increased adoption of IP video surveillance. The government is taking the lead with efforts such as simple traffic rule monitoring, using cameras to survey roads, intersections and stoplights, and installing surveillance cameras to control crime and terrorist activities.
Business applications that run on IP networks are popping up everywhere, and the possibilities are virtually endless. From voice, data, and security to building management and even industrial systems, IP is bringing systems together over a common twisted-pair cabling infrastructure for improved data sharing, manageability, and cost savings.
Mr. Levis Wilson, COO, *astTECS
Giving his views on the factors that are driving the growth of IP convergence in the country,Mr. Levis Wilson, COO, *astTECS,says, “Today, there is a practical explosion of media applications on the IP network that is sustaining varied combinations of Voice, Data and Video transmission. Organizations are leveraging their IT investments by converging all these applications on a single IP Network by creating and disseminating data, voice & video content and this clearly confirms that the future demands and dynamics of the IP convergence market would intensify.”
Continuing, he says, “We also see integration of Video Conferencing to existing VoIP platform to facilitate real-time collaboration. Asterisk based Open source solution is emerging as a key technology enabling a crucial part of business communication. Traditionally, the network design architecture was more suited for data applications, however to support video over IP, the network requires a more scalable, reliable, robust and agile design and the infrastructure planning needs to be more futuristic. The current IP convergence design also requires a comprehensive strategy to ensure quick ROI and high quality of service.”