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Happy Birthday UCIF!

May 19, 2011

Time flies when you’re having fun!  One year ago today, a group of worldwide communications technology leaders came together to form the Unified Communications Interoperability Forum (UCIF), a non-profit alliance dedicated to realizing the potential of unified communications (UC) by increasing efficiency, decreasing implementation costs and improving the interoperability experience for UC customers.

And what a year it has been. The organization, now 39 members strong, represents all elements of the UC industry from networking to PBX systems, video to cloud services, everyone sharing a vision to enable interoperability of standards-based UC hardware and software across enterprises, service providers and consumer clouds.  

Earlier this month, UCIF received great news when the UCIF USB Webcam recommendation was adopted by the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) Video Work Group and submission of the completed specification was delivered to the USB-IF board. And while we’re extremely happy that we were able to complete this important task, there is more work to be done this year.

One major priority for 2011 is select test labs for our certification program. The Test & Certification task group will soon be issuing an RFP to equipment testing vendors in order to select a set of UCIF approved test labs. The selected test labs will report back to UCIF on the vendors’ ability to complete a testing profile.  If successful, a UCIF mark will be issued for the tested companies’ products. Technical work is underway to create profiles that will be submitted to labs and used as the foundation for interoperability testing.

Additionally, UCIF has already created task groups for H.264/SVC Profile, Endpoint Provisioning, and USB Audio and study groups for Voice and Instant Messaging and Presence and we look forward to sharing more information about their progress in coming months.   

For more information, please check out the resources below.  Thanks!!


              Whitepaper        “UC, Driving the Next Step to Interoperability

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