Agito Networks, a specialist in technology for enterprise mobility, has announced the availability of its RoamAnywhere, Mobility Router in Europe. The RoamAnywhere Mobility Router is said to be an enterprise fixed mobile convergence (eFMC) product, purpose built for enterprises to help them increase mobile worker productivity while reducing mobile costs.
Agito Networks has also announced the appointment of Paul Donovan, former VP, EMEA - Global, Strategic and Verticals for Juniper Networks, as its Vice President of European Business and Market Development.
Agito Networks' RoamAnywhere Mobility Router is claimed to enable enterprises of all sizes to drastically reduce their mobile expenses with dynamic least cost routing and use of VoIP over WLAN. The Agito solution extends IP Telephony and Unified Communications capabilities to mobile phones, providing mobile workers with their deskphone and desktop UC capabilities anywhere, ensuring greater productivity and enabling collaboration inside and outside the office. According to Agito, the solution accomplishes this by uniquely fusing WiFi, mobile carrier networks, IP telephony, and location information, operating on any and all mobile carrier networks, and natively integrating with enterprises' existing equipment, including WLAN infrastructure and directory stores.
In addition, RoamAnywhere provides <100 ms, automatic handover between WiFi and the mobile network to reduce mobile costs and improve in-building coverage. Purpose-built for the enterprise, RoamAnywhere is also said to offer high availability, redundancy, security, enterprise scalability, and broad mobile handset and IP-PBX support, including European support for Alcatel and Shortel PBXs in addition to existing support for Cisco, Avaya, Microsoft, Nortel and Asterisk IP-PBXs.
It has qualified support for more than 35 different types of handsets from Nokia and those running Windows Mobile 6 Standard and Professional operating systems. Agito also claims that, unlike other eFMC solutions that require enterprises to tamper with their enterprise route plans and desk phones during deployment, Agito, with its line-side capabilities, integrates seamlessly into existing customer networks, requiring no changes to the ecosystem.
"In a lot of enterprises, people are using their mobile phone as their primary phone, instead of their deskphone," said Gaetan Claeys, Business Development Manager Mobility at Dimension Data. "Many companies today are thinking of using dual mode phones and are looking for a solution such as Agito to reduce and better control cellular charges and roaming charges, save money by not having to buy deskphones for some users, and improve reachability of users. Agito's solution will help our customers better control and reduce their cellular charges while offering to end users enterprise-class features on their mobile device. As a network integrator with strong expertise in both wireless technology and unified communications, we are now uniquely positioned in the market to provide our customers with complete enterprise mobile telephony solutions."
RoamAnywhere offers European customers Dynamic Least Cost Routing, which uses patent-pending algorithms to determine how best to route mobile calls, enterprise calls and country-to-country calls, resulting in significant savings. For global workforces, RoamAnywhere intelligently re-directs international calls through the enterprise PBX with no user involvement, reducing international charges by a factor of 10 or more in most cases. For in-building "corridor warriors" and telecommuters, the Mobility Router intelligently routes business calls through high-quality home, hotspot or enterprise Wi-Fi networks, off-loading mobile minutes from cellular to the WLAN.
Among other features, Agito's RoamAnywhere introduces into Europe Secure Remote Voice, a first-of-its-kind capability that addresses the challenges of poor in-building mobile coverage outside the enterprise by delivering a secure voice over WLAN (VoWLAN) connection from Wi-Fi networks in homes, hotels and public hotspots. While other solutions send VoIP traffic unencrypted over the Internet, the RoamAnywhere client uses an application-layer SSL connection to secure VoWLAN from non-enterprise networks. Users can now realize the cost savings for international roaming as well as enhanced voice quality that VoWLAN provides, in addition to the increased responsiveness of having enterprise PBX connectivity, in a simple-to-use, secure solution. Secure Remote Voice supports all of Agito's industry-leading capabilities remotely, including sub-100ms secure handover between Wi-Fi and mobile carrier networks, and access to corporate directories - all without a mobile data plan, which other solutions require.
"Agito is the most scalable and redundant solution that I've seen on the market," said Claeys. "It uses proactive handover techniques while most other solutions are only reactive, and the local routing capabilities are very important for companies looking to reduce cellular charges. It has a very beautiful product interface which is easy to configure, easy to use, and provides a lot of monitoring capabilities. In addition to the unique Secure Remote Voice functionality, what impresses me the most about Agito is that the system was easy to setup and all IP-PBX features were working in a minute."
"Agito Networks has garnered its share of industry accolades and customer traction in the U.S., and I'm seeing significant interest from European end users and channel partners alike," said Donovan. "Mobile operators have yet to solve their issues with FMC or deliver enterprise mobility to their customers, paving the way for Agito. I'm excited to join the company and benefit from the clear greenfield opportunities here in Europe to deliver robust enterprise convergence mobilizing enterprises' unified communications and voice applications."