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Avaya Unveils Full-Color, Large-Display Internet Protocol Screen Phone

(September 12, 2001)
Avaya announced a new Internet Protocol (IP) telephone equipped with a full-color, touch-sensitive screen that clearly displays Web content, call status, directory data and other information.

The Avaya 4630 IP Screenphone provides businesses -- such as airlines, financial institutions and hotels -- with solutions for public spaces that give users simple, one-touch access to information through a unique user interface. The Avaya Screenphone is also tailored for executives who want a fast, clear interface to systems such as voice mail, phone directories and the corporate Intranet.

The Avaya Screenphone is designed for access to most information available on the Internet, such as corporate Web sites, airline flight status, financial data, corporate directories and hospitality reservations in graphical form. Some examples of its uses are as follows:

* Airlines could use the Screenphone for their frequent flyer lounges,

where travelers could access flight schedules, reservations and

weather information.

* Financial services firms may use the phone in lobbies and service

kiosks to provide information on services, directory information and

market data.

* Hotels could place the phones in lobbies and rooms, to provide

guests touch-screen access to order room service, request concierge

service or make reservations for dining and entertainment.

The Avaya 4630 IP Screenphone is part of the Avaya Enterprise Class IP Solutions (ECLIPS) portfolio and works with Avaya DEFINITY(R) IP Solutions and IP600 Communication Servers. The Avaya Screenphone enters customer trials in October, and is slated for general availability in December. Its price will be $995.

"Customers are very excited about the Avaya 4630 IP Screenphone," said David Delorenzo, product manager for Avaya IP Telephones. "They love its ability to provide clear graphical information in an easy-to-use touch-screen format, all over an IP network delivering converged voice and data."

The Avaya Screenphone uses a VGA (video graphics array) color touch screen that provides one quarter the number of pixels in a standard display (320 dots horizontal x 240 dots vertical). This compact screen can display a variety of information, including Web pages specially downsized for small format displays. It includes a full duplex speakerphone, headset jack, five fixed feature buttons, message waiting indicator, 10/100BaseT Ethernet connection and an integrated Ethernet hub for connecting a PC through the phone. The Avaya Screenphone also incorporates six telephony-related applications:

* Phone - It is a multi-button business telephone supported by Avaya

Call Processing software on the host server. The phone offers three

to five call appearances, plus 24 feature buttons.

* Speed dialing - The user can program up to 120 speed-dial "buttons"

on the screen. Names and numbers may be organized into groups for

easier use.

* Call log - The screen lists up to 100 incoming and outgoing calls.

* Directory - The Screenphone provides access to corporate telephone

directory information on a LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access

Protocol) server.

* Web access - Provides "browsing" access to HTML web-based

information, including support for downloaded Java applets.

* Voice messaging - Using Avaya's browser-based www. messenger(TM)

visual desktop messaging interface, users can access and manage

voice and fax messages on Intuity(TM) Audix(R) or DEFINITY Audix

messaging systems. This application will be available in early


In addition to the Avaya 4630 Screenphone, Avaya announced the next generation of its IP Telephones without screens, including six-, twelve- and 24-button models (4606, 4612 and 4624, respectively). These phones now receive power over the same Ethernet connections they use to send and receive voice signals, improving reliability in power outages and simplifying phone connections by eliminating the need for a separate power supply plugged into an AC outlet in the wall. Avaya is one of the first companies to develop a switch, the Avaya P333T-PWR, and IP Telephones that incorporate Power over LAN technology, incorporating the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' (IEEE) 802.3af standard for power over Ethernet.

Traditional PBX-based digital phones get their power from the PBX over the telephone cable, which allows the phones to operate during power outages if the switch has a power backup, such as a battery or generator. IP telephones get their power from conventional AC outlets or separate power supply systems. Power over LAN technology, used with a centralized uninterruptible power supply (UPS), enables system administrators to reliably deploy IP telephony solutions and ensure continuous, reliable operation during power failures.

By using the existing Ethernet infrastructure -- and adding electrical power on the same network -- Power over LAN technology provides an efficient, cost effective power source and eliminates the need for unwieldy installation of electricity cables and outlets.

For more information on Avaya's Enterprise Class IP Solutions portfolio, including Avaya's other IP telephones, visit

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