The 2008 Frost & Sullivan European Fixed Mobile Convergence Technology Innovation of the Year Award is presented to SPEECH DESIGN GmbH for its innovative business FMC platform. The company's efforts in designing an innovative business FMC approach that caters to small and medium enterprise, as well as large enterprise needs across Europe are highly commendable.

SPEECH DESIGN's novel technology and product solutions effectively address current enterprise communication challenges. Its breakthrough concept - Transparent Mobility Gateway - allows enterprises to retain their existing devices and service plans while, at the same time, enabling them to gain significant business, economic, and strategic benefits. The Transparent Mobility Gateway approach enables its business FMC solution to be a private branch eXchange (PBX) autonomous system

"The company's FMC application is connected between the customers' on-site PBX and the PSTN, making it a complete PBX independent system that also gets rid of any need for proprietary PBX integration common with other FMC solutions," explains Frost & Sullivan Industry Analyst Venkat Malleypulla. "Such a solution can be easily employed in a pre-existing PBX infrastructure without requiring any technical knowledge of the particular PBX model as well as PBX programming."

This novel technology effectively meets the needs of international service providers and has been successfully implemented by T-Systems, one of Europe's leading business carriers, in its Octopus Mobility Services. Also, since the SPEECH DESIGN solution requires no prior PBX knowledge, IT system integrators are better positioned to dive into the voice communication market with the help of this FMC solution.

"Additionally, PBX dealers could also benefit from this FMC solution as it opens up an excellent opportunity to develop new customer relationships," adds Malleypulla. "Since this is a PBX independent solution, dealers could offer SPEECH DESIGN's FMC solution to almost any prospective customer regardless of the nature of the PBX system already in use."

SPEECH DESIGN has also promoted the concept of 'One Number, Any Device' in order to facilitate the functioning of its FMC solution with any mobile and any fixed-line phone. To enable virtual control of the system by any phone, the company has opted for the universal touch-tone (DTMF) protocol.

Smartphone users further benefit from an optional GUI-driven Mobility Client Software which is available for all popular BlackBerry, Nokia, and Windows Mobile terminals. Furthermore, SPEECH DESIGN has managed to provide a competitive cost offering around its FMC solution. Moreover, the company's decision to develop its own ISDN boards has resulted in significant cost reduction for this solution.

"Currently, over 3,000 companies are associated with SPEECH DESIGN's FMC solutions with the company having strengthened its FMC based partnerships with its recent moves to partner with Herweck AG, Germany and Allnet, Germany," concludes Malleypulla. "The company's customers and distribution partners for its carrier and enterprise solutions portfolio comprise top communications companies such as Avaya, HP, Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Siemens, Swisscom, and Vodafone as well as independent telecom resellers and IT-system integrators."
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Founded in 1982 and based in Germany, SPEECH DESIGN is a leading European provider of messaging and mobility solutions for the corporate and carrier markets. Although more than 140,000 companies and millions of consumers use SPEECH DESIGN's products and services daily, they are largely unaware of our company or brand. 100% of the sales are indirect, either through leading communications providers such as Avaya, Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Siemens, Swisscom and Vodafone, or through other IT partners such as HP. Widely-known products and services including Vodafone's Visual Mailbox, Deutsche Telekom's residential T-Net-Box voice mail and Siemens's PBX-integrated Xpressions Compact voice mail, are just a few examples of the prominence of SPEECH DESIGN's position in the industry.

SPEECH DESIGN has a broad and deep expertise in developing, manufacturing and marketing leading-edge communications products, covering hardware and software, wireline and wireless, TDMA and IP, and corporate and carrier solutions. Our corporate parent, Bogen Communications International, Inc., is an audio communications company located in Ramsey, New Jersey, USA.

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