Podcast: SIP, UC and Emergency Communications

by Carl Weinschenk

The Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) is a great platform for emergency communications. Avaya's John Gaffney tells Unified Communications Edge that SIP and UC are perfectly positioned to add great value to the ability to interactively communicate when the need is the greatest.

Avaya's John Gaffney on SIP, unified communications and emergency communications: [swf file="http://vid.itbe.com/ctoedge/avayajuly21.mp3"]

The emergence of IP as a way to knit together different telecommunications services and to treat them in a consistent and unified manner has far-reaching impact. Indeed, this impact isn't always obvious from the start. Emergency communications, for instance, probably isn't the first thing that pops into many minds when the advantages of SIP and unified communications are considered.

But the reality is that UC – and the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) upon which it is based – facilitate a deeper and more intensive means of reaching folks when they have to be reached.

Avaya recently released a white paper, "Beyond Emergencies: How SIP-based Notification Systems Can Improve Response, Collaboration and Resolution for a Variety of Business Scenarios." Site Editor Carl Weinschenk spoke with John Gaffney, the Offer Manager for Avaya Professional Services about emergencies, SIP and UC.

This article was originally published on Wednesday Jul 21st 2010