Panasonic (News - Alert) System Communications Company of North America continues its commitment to the hosted, open source PBX telephony market, adding to its line of SIP corded phones with the new KX-UT670 color, touch-screen desk phone. The KX-UT670 is the newest member in the SIP-based KX-UT family which already includes two standard, competitively priced models (KX-UT113 or KX-UT123) and two more advanced models (KX-UT133 or KX-UT136).
KX-UT670 is Panasonic’s first SIP phone with an open source-based operating system (programmable in Java) which will allow the phone to run applications. Panasonic is currently finalizing its application development strategy with third party vendors to develop business applications related to the contact center, healthcare, education and other markets. No applications will be included with the phone purchase, but users will be able to easily load these via a SD (secure digital) memory card that inserts into a card slot on the phone.
Panasonic took a hard look at the market several years ago, recognized the shift toward hosted telephony and began developing open SIP telephone devices. The KX-UT670 is currently certified for (plug-and-play configuration) BroadSoft’s BroadWorks hosted switch, Digium’s Asterisk open source PBX software and Brekeke (News - Alert) and Metaswitch Networks platforms. Other certifications are underway. The earlier KX-UT100 SIP phones are also certified with BroadSoft, Digium Asterisk and Metaswitch, plus Vintalk’s (News - Alert) Hosted IP PBX and SIP Trunking solutions, the CoreDial platform and 4PSA’s VoipNow platform and others.
The new KX-UT670 telephone stands apart from other multimedia phones on the market due to its support of streaming video and simultaneous connection to 16 IP cameras. Panasonic has long history in telephony and network security (video camera equipment) and can offer a unique solution that combines these product strengths.
The KX-UT670 can connect over the Internet to 16 network cameras to display streaming video of 16 other locations – you can imagine the appeal this will have to a number of markets, including retail, hospitality and education. The phone can be located at a store owner’s home, for example, to monitor store locations; and, with developed applications, it can even be used to unlock a door remotely for a delivery.
The KX-UT670 executive desk phone has a 7-inch color, LCD touch-screen display for controlling phone features and applications, six SIP registrations (a 6-line phone), 24 programmable keys (four pages, six keys each), 3-way conferencing, a 200-entry call log (100 incoming, 100 outgoing), two Gigabit Ethernet ports and a card slot for the SD memory card to load business applications. The phone also supports HD Voice (G.722 codec), HD Video (720p) and integration with up to 16 IP cameras.
More SIP-based products are coming soon. On Panasonic’s near-term roadmap:
- In early 2012, Panasonic will release another executive endpoint, but with all soft keys (no paper labels) and built-in support for Bluetooth devices.
- In mid-2012, Panasonic will introduce a multi-cell SIP-DECT (News - Alert) phone.
Panasonic’s KX-UT670 SIP desk phone lists for $499.99 and is currently certified for BroadSoft’s BroadWorks hosted switch, Digium’s Asterisk open source PBX software and Brekeke and Metaswitch Networks platforms.
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Sandra M. Gustavsen, business VoIP analyst, contributes her Business VoIP column to TMCnet. To read more of Sandra's articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Jennifer Russell