This blog first appeared on Best in UC.
ShoreTel once again proved its leadership in the unified communications (UC) space, winning a 2010 Product of the Year award from Internet Telephony magazine, which covers the IP communications industry.
The awards, in their 13th year, recognize the industry’s most innovative new products, as well as companies that demonstrate vision, leadership and thoroughness.
ShoreTel was recognized for its ShoreTel Mobility Router, an innovative and highly scalable network appliance that fuses enterprise wireless LANs, carrier cellular networks, IP telephony and location technology to extend voice and UC to mobile devices.
The router lets users make and receive calls from both the enterprise and personal mobile phone numbers by automatically selecting the best network (Wi-Fi or cellular) with fast and automatic network handover, to optimize cost, call quality and battery life.
“The editors of Internet Telephony have verified that ShoreTel displays quality and innovation, plus provides real needs in the marketplace,” said Rich Tehrani, chief executive officer for TMC, the parent company of Internet Telephony magazine. “I would like to congratulate ShoreTel for its commitment to advancing IP communication technologies.”
As a partner of ShoreTel since 2003, Eastern Datacomm can attest to the superior design and functionality of ShoreTel products. ShoreTel helps keep our clients’ UC strategy simple, with a streamlined design that offers sophisticated features without complexity.
In the case of the ShoreTel Mobility Router, companies can lower their costs while making it easier to manage and understand cellular usage. For example, the router uses policy-based, least-cost routing to reduce the costs of mobile calls. The router leverages a company’s network when callers are in the building, further reducing the price of mobile usage. Coverage can even be extended to home and public Wi-Fi through a secure TLS/SSL-based connection.
Finally, the router provides great visibility and data about cellular usage, as well as the status and availability of mobile users. If information is power, this provides the tools for companies to gain unprecedented control of their UC budgets, while still providing superior functionality and services.
Congratulations to ShoreTel. We look forward to more innovative products in the near future.