The unprecedented choice and flexibility in ShoreTel 6 provides users, system administrators, and managers with the freedom to work how and where they want, without sacrificing features and functions. An employee’s work identity and profile can be put on any device, including mobile phones and PDAs, which eliminates the need for multiple phone numbers and voicemail accounts. Customers also get more in-office options, thanks to the expansion and enhancement of ShoreTel’s unique line of ergonomic IP phones and to support for SIP-based WiFi phones. Additionally, ShoreTel 6 has a native SIP interface that can support a wide variety of third-party applications.
“ShoreTel 6 allows the mobile professional to take the ShoreTel PBX functionality ‘on the road’ no matter the actual telephone they may have at hand,” said John Jarvis, MD EMEA, ShoreTel. “Our latest IP telephony system moulds itself to business processes and individual work habits, enabling enterprises to work smarter and be more responsive to customers by extending the power of the ShoreTel solution to any phone. And like its predecessors, horeTel 6 delivers such flexibility without complexity: Office Anywhere is completely integrated in the basic platform and does not require a separate purchase or server. Consequently, it is easy to deploy and offers quick return on investment – the keys to very satisfied customers.”
While traditional telephony and even many VoIP platforms are constraining the creation of true virtual businesses, ShoreTel 6 enables them with Office Anywhere. This groundbreaking mobility solution unleashes the full power of distributed IP telephony, letting a teleworker’s device of choice-such as mobile phone or home phone-assume the identity and capabilities of the worker’s regular office extension. For example, the caller-ID information customers and partners receive can reflect then employee’s office number instead of the mobile or home-office phone thenemployee is actually using to call them.
Office Anywhere lets employees use the Personal Call Manager to assign their Office xtension to an external phone. This provides a more reliable home office environment than soft or hard IP phones that use the Internet for voice conversations. In contrast, Office Anywhere leverages the reliability of the PSTN for voice, and the speed of DSL or cable modem connections for desktop call control, unified messaging, and other applications. Users get the best of both worlds.
Office Anywhere enables seamless participation in workgroups, hunt groups, and contact centres, and is an excellent solution for remote ACD agents and after-hours support. Office Anywhere also provides enterprises with a cost-effective way to pull small branch locations and home offices into the VoIP fold: It is an integrated feature of ShoreTel 6 and does not require any additional software license, equipment purchase, or infrastructure upgrade.
“Office Anywhere is a manifestation of ShoreTel’s continued commitment to truly mobile telephony – delivering full office functionality to you no matter where you are, and making it easy to implement and use,” said Jarvis.
ShoreTel’s IP PBX systems are renowned for their manageability, and ShoreTel 6 raises the ease-of-management bar to new heights. Software distribution has been simplified through integration with active directory group policies, making it easy for administrators to push new installations and upgrades of the desktop Call Manager software – ShoreTel’s “personal
PBX” – throughout the enterprise.
There is no need for local administrative privileges, or separate visits to each machine, and disruption to users is quite minimal. With such a powerful and simple tool, there is less resistance to implementing updates,so administrators are able to keep the system more current.
IT staff can also use security capabilities in ShoreTel 6 to prevent leavesdropping in sensitive environments. A high-performance algorithm encrypts and deciphers the RTP media stream in real time, enabling secure voice conversations to take place in real time with no noticeable latency.
Expanded dialling options in ShoreTel 6 accommodate the needs of large,
widely distributed enterprises. On-net dialling is very flexible – for
instance, it allows large customers to retain their four-digit dialling
within a location yet use seven-digit dialling between sites. Dialling plan
prefixes can extend across sites, and abbreviated dialling within sites is
The overlapping extensions in ShoreTel 6 can help retail organisations to replicate storefronts across the country. A particular department can have the same number in every location, streamlining access for customers, co-workers, and suppliers. ShoreTel 6 enables companies to centralise and localise their businesses as needed and get the best of both worlds. The enhanced dialling plan feature can also be used in multi-tenant environments allowing each customer to have their own “prefix” yet share the same system.
SIP support offers choice and flexibility Session Initiation Protocol is the designated lingua franca for establishing, modifying, and terminating multimedia sessions – such as voice calls – on IP networks. In theory it enables mix-and-match multi-vendor environments and encourages specialisation. ShoreTel 6’s SIP interface complies strictly with the protocol’s defining standard, the IETF’s RFC 3261. Through this native SIP interface, ShoreTel 6 will support a wide variety of SIP-based products and services, including some leading WiFi access points and phones, conference room phones, residential Access devices for teleworking, domestic and international trunking services, and BRI gateways.
New IP phones
The ShoreTel 6 release is being complemented by the expansion of ShoreTel’s revolutionary line of sleek, ergonomic IP handsets. The new additions are the ShorePhone IP110 and the ShorePhone BB24 button box. Priced around 89, the ShorePhone IP110 extends ShoreTel’s unique ergonomic styling to an entry-level IP phone that can be used as a desktop and includes an Ethernet switch with PoE support, can be used as a one-way intercom, and has an optional wall-mount kit. There are six hard keys (transfer, conference, intercom, redial, voice mail, and hold), and a 1-line, 16-character LCD display.
The ShorePhone BB24 jumps to the head of the button-box class, sometimes known as BLF, DSS or add-on model, as the first true Ethernet-based device. Instead of attaching through proprietary daisy-chain technology, the BB24 includes an Ethernet switch with PoE and supports power forwarding for one downstream device. The BB24 works in conjunction with the ShorePhone IP530 or IP560; up to four units can be daisy-chained together, versus only two from most other vendors. The BB24 boasts 24 programmable multi-colour buttons that also provide presence information about the monitored users. Up to six characters per button are displayed on the device’s backlit LCD display, so paper labels are a thing of the past. The BB24 targets phone operators and assistants
About ShoreTel, Inc.
ShoreTel is the fast growing IP PBX company and the leader in customer satisfaction. The company has shipped its groundbreaking solutions since 1998 and continues to outpace the rapidly expanding VoIP market with technological advances and sales that are doubling year over year. ShoreTel voice systems are designed to make businesses smarter, setting new standards for usability and manageability while reducing telecommunications costs. A uniquely distributed architecture extends enterprise-class voice services to every office and outpost, keeping employees fully connected wherever they go. A select, worldwide group of channel partners provide top-notch service and support.