27 JULY 2017
Konica Minolta contracts IPCO to provide a proof-of-concept VOIP service for Workplace Hub
IPCO, a Norwegian provider of telecom services across the globe, today announced that they have been contracted to build and operate a proof-of-concept platform for voice services for Konica Minolta’s Workplace Hub.
Workplace Hub is the world’s most connected intelligent edge platform for the workplace of the future, and represents the next phase of Konica Minolta’s long history in innovation. Acting as a central hub that simplifies IT for an organisation, Workplace Hub drives efficiencies by reducing the overall costs of IT management and service provision, and providing real-time data-driven insights that help to improve business processes.
Konica Minolta have chosen to work with IPCO because of their ability to deliver a high quality service which can be easily integrated into the Workplace Hub environment. “We are excited to work with Konica Minolta on this proof-of-concept”, says Ole Jakob Ottestad, CEO of IPCO. “Konica Minolta is transforming the working environment for businesses across the globe, and we are delighted that they are keen to test out our platform for voice services”. The IPCO proof-of-concept gives Workplace Hub services such as audio calls, voice conferencing, automated switchboards, voicemail, and the possibility for a unified communications experience across mobile and fixed devices.
“We’ve found Konica Minolta to be highly creative and innovative with the design of Workplace Hub” continues Ottestad, “and we are confident that our proof-of-concept platform will prove to be the right choice for a telecom service that is of great value for Workplace Hub customers. And with our platform being built on the reliable technology from Dialogic Inc., there is no doubt that Konica Minolta and IPCO will be able to innovate beyond the proof of concept platform contracted today.”
In support of this, Christian Mastrodonato, Chief Technologist Konica Minolta, states “We are pleased to have found a partner such as IPCO to work with on the proof-of-concept. IPCO has proven they understand our vision, and put the vision to work with a platform that supports our current plans. With the IPCO platform built on the proven Dialogic components, we are confident that IPCO will deliver both innovative and robust services for us to try out. The Workplace Hub offering has been built in collaboration with our customers and from the research we have conducted, we know within the full stack of services telephony services is a key requirement. With IPCO we’ve found a partner that should be able to deliver on this demand”.
“As IPCO’s partner for the supply of the core voice infrastructure for Konica Minolta’s Workplace Hub, Dialogic is excited to be part of this proof-of-concept” says Bill Crank, CEO of Dialogic. “Through our partnership with IPCO we have an extremely competent and innovative organization that we are delighted to support with our range of Powerville Applications, Bordernet SBC’s and XMS Media Servers. Together with IPCO we will be adding innovative features for Konica Minolta, and we are pleased to be part of this significant new direction for Konica Minolta, as it relates directly to the new strategies we embarked on a just a few years ago”.
About Konica Minolta
Konica Minolta, Inc. (Konica Minolta) is a global digital technology company with core strengths in imaging and data analysis, optics, materials, and nano-fabrication. Through innovation, we create products and digital solutions for the betterment of business and society—today and for generations to come. Across our Business Technologies, Healthcare, and Industrial-facing businesses, we aspire to be an Integral Value Provider that applies the full range of our company’s expertise to offer comprehensive solutions to our customer’s most pressing problems, work with our partners to ensure our solutions are sustainable, anticipate and address tomorrow’s issues, and tailor each solution to meet the unique and specific needs of our valued customers. Leveraging these capabilities, Konica Minolta contributes to productivity improvement and workflow change for our customers, and provides leading-edge service solutions in the IoT era.
Our Workplace Hub business unit is the first step in this next era, underpinned by the effect of Cyber Physical Systems applications, Edge Computing and IoT on the workplace of the future. More information can be found at workplacehub.konicaminolta.com.
Norwegian company IPCO has since 2011 delivered innovative communications services to customers over the globe. IPCO targets Telecom Operators and Service Providers at large with Unified Communication services for communities and small-to-medium businesses. With a range of unified communications services, excellent integration APIs and cost-effective operations, IPCO is well positioned to serve large communities with specific business needs. Please see www.ipco.nofor more information.
Dialogic is a leading cloud-optimized solutions provider for real-time communications media, applications, and infrastructure to service providers and developers around the globe. Based in Parsippany, NJ with offices worldwide, Dialogic helps 48 of the world’s top 50 mobile operators, and nearly 3,000 application developers build and deploy on agile networks. Learn more about how Dialogic is enabling agility by following us on Twitter @Dialogic, and visiting http://www.dialogic.comand the Dialogic Blog for the latest industry news, trends and advice.
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18 JULY 2017
IPCO Selects Dialogic for its Global Unified Communications Deployments
Parsippany, NJ (July 18, 2017) - Dialogic, a cloud-optimized applications and infrastructure solutions provider for service providers, enterprises, and developers, announced today that IPCO, a Norwegian provider of state-of-the art communications services to service providers across the globe, has chosen Dialogic’s suite of Powerville™ Applications, its award-winning media server – PowerMedia® XMS, and the BorderNet™ SBC to power IPCO’s cloud-based Unified Communications services.
“This is a natural fit for IPCO,” says Ole Jakob Ottestad, CEO of IPCO AS. “The Dialogic solutions fit right into our current infrastructure and add tremendous flexibility for us to deliver innovative, scalable, and rock-solid services to our customers. We’ve found Dialogic to have an excellent mix of proven technology and the forward-thinking people that we are confident will give IPCO a unique value proposition in the market now and in the future.”
“VoIP and Cloud have transformed how enterprises communicate. Since its inception in the early 1980s Dialogic has played an integral role in providing innovative technology and solutions for this communications transformation. We’re pleased that IPCO has chosen both our communications infrastructure and our PowerVille suite of communications applications to provide enhanced communications for the very innovative services that IPCO delivers to its customers,” said Bill Crank, CEO of Dialogic. “We look forward to making this project successful.”
Dialogic is a leading cloud-optimized solutions provider for real-time communications media, applications, and infrastructure to service providers and developers around the globe. Based in Parsippany, NJ with offices worldwide, Dialogic helps 48 of the world’s top 50 mobile operators, and nearly 3,000 application developers build and deploy on agile networks. Learn more about how Dialogic is enabling agility by following us on Twitter @Dialogic, and visiting www.dialogic.com and the Dialogic Blog for the latest industry news, trends and advice.
Dialogic, PowerVille, PowerMedia, and BorderNet are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Dialogic Corporation or a subsidiary thereof (“Dialogic”). Other trademarks mentioned and/or marked herein belong to their respective owners.
Since 2011 Norway based IPCO has been delivering innovative communications services to customers across the globe. IPCO targets Mobile Operators and Service Providers at large with differentiated Unified Communication services for communities, small-to-medium businesses and large enterprises. With a range of innovative unified communications services, excellent API integration and cost-effective operations, IPCO is well positioned to meet the specific business needs of its target customers across the globe. Please see www.ipco.nofor more information.
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22 April 2016
IPCO awarded EU Horizon 2020 innovation project
22 April 2016
IPCO, an NCE Smart member, has been awarded funding by the prestigious EU Horizon 2020 Open Disruptive Initiative for its “Cloudfone Visitor Service” innovation project. Of the 1995 European SME applications, IPCO is the only Norwegian SME to receive funding in the ICT topic. The EU award proves IPCO’s highly innovative business plan has the potential to deliver disruptive change to the EU and global telecom markets. The award of 50 000 Euro covers a 5-month project producing a technology demonstrator and a verified business plan.
The Horizon 2020 Open Disruptive Initiative is EU’s scheme to promote innovation capable of fundamentally changing how EU members interact and conduct business. The scheme encourages SMEs and start-ups to apply for financial support of innovative projects.
“IPCO received valuable support from Østfold County, The Research Council of Norway and NCE Smart Energy Markets in its application for the Open Disruptive Initiative. Without this support and help, IPCO would be hard pressed to deliver an application with the necessary quality and accuracy required by the Scheme,” says Ole Jakob Ottestad, President of IPCO AS
“NCE Smart Energy Markets has won several Horizon 2020 projects, both as project participant and coordinator. Its highly prestigious to be awarded a Horizon 2020 project. This marks the first time one of our SMEs has been awarded EU funding alone,” says Dieter Hirdes, R&D Coordinator of NCE Smart.
Multinational mobile telephony
Increased mobility in Europe has led to increased multinational family and friend connections as well as increased work or holiday homes abroad. With today’s mobile technology, users must choose which mobile number they will be available on. Today, when users move to, frequently visit or have an extended stay in another country, they often wish to use a local number making them unavailable on their country of origin number. IPCO is solving this by developing a service which enables users to be available on several mobile numbers from different countries at the same time.
Solid business idea: IPCO Cloudfone Visitor Service
IPCO Cloudfone Visitor Service offers mobile operators the opportunity to sell subscriptions with mobile numbers from different countries on one SIM card. The subscriber will be reachable on both their home mobile number and a local number of the country in which they are working or visiting. Citizens with business in several countries can be set up with mobile numbers from all countries of interest. The SIM card will automatically change to the local number of the current country allowing the user to pay local tariffs without changing SIM cards.
Ole Jakob Ottestad, President IPCO, +47 99576976, firstname.lastname@example.org
IPCO AS from Halden, Norway was established by experienced telecom executives in 2011 with the aim of creating disruptive telecom services for the global market. Since its start, the company has developed and commercialized the IPCO SIM Secured Wi-Fi Calling service, and has commenced development of multinational mobile services. More information on IPCO is available at www.ipco.no.
2 March 2015
IPCO and G&D bring Wi-Fi Calling to MNOs and MVNOs
March 2 2015, 10:00 (CET).
IPCOand G&D announced today IPCO Cloudfone™, a cloud-based managed service integrating Wi-Fi calling and traditional mobile telephone allowing the users to use their existing mobile number. IPCO Cloudfone™ enables new revenue streams and reduces operational costs for mobile operators through an innovative and patented cloud based authentication and provisioning solution.
· IPCO Cloudfone™ is a cloud-based managed service and offers integrated Wi-Fi calling and traditional mobile telephony service using the users existing mobile number.
· IPCO Cloudfone™ enables new revenue streams, reduces operational costs for MNOs, MVNOs and SPs and lets mobile operators take back the initiative from OTT players.
· IPCO Cloudfone™ includes a SIM Applet on end-user SIM card developed by Giesecke & Devrient (G&D), a Cloud based authentication and provisioning solution, a SIP App and an IN presence service.
The IPCO Cloudfone™ offers integrated Wi-Fi calling and traditional mobile, enabling calling over Wi-Fi using the users existing mobile telephony number when the users have Wi-Fi coverage.
IPCO Cloudfone™ offers Wi-Fi calling as a managed service for MNOs and MVNOs, integrated with the operator’s mobile core-networks without an expensive upgrade to IMS/LTE core. This differentiates IPCO Cloudfone™ with quick deployment and low CAPEX requirement. Unlike an IMS/LTE core Wi-Fi calling solution, the end users can use their existing handsets; rendering the service usable for the waste majority of the subscriber base.
IPCO Cloudfone™ is a SIM-secured OTT service for mobile operators. Distribution of the IPCO Cloudfone™ SIM-card applet controlled by the mobile operator enables the service on the mobile device; generating user credentials for accessing the service without the necessity of HSS integration. This method ensure user authentication with the same level of security as in GSM legacy services. G&D is IPCO’s partner on SIM card deliveries.
CEO Morten Zakariassen at IPCO thinks that the IPCO Cloudfone™ service has a huge potential in the market. He says; “Unlike other offerings you do not need to tap in a user name and password, the authentication of the user and the provisioning of the service in done automatically when using a Cloudfone enabled SIM card. The SIM Applet can be downloaded Over-The-Air to most SIM cards”.
Carsten Ahrens, group senior vice president and head of the division telecommunication industries at G&D says; “We think that solutions based on SIMs and Applets will be more and more popular as the focus on security increases. With our experience in developing and deploying secure and state of the art SIM and applet based solutions in combination with our over-the air (OTA) server technology, we help IPCO to provide a customers´ experience, which is superior to standard VoIP offerings.”
Western mobile operators are often in the forefront utilizing new technology, and we are running a IPCO Cloudfone™ pilot with one of them. The feedback so far is that the service is easy to install, as only a couple of interfaces and a routing table in the mobile core were adapted. This Western operator is looking forward to new revenue streams and reduced operational costs. “Our customers will experience better coverage, especially indoors, and they are offered cheap Wi-Fi Calling when travelling and at home”, says a spokesperson for the operator.
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Giesecke & Devrient press contact:
Tel.: +49 (0)89 41 19 29 85
About Giesecke & Devrient
Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) is a leading international technology provider headquartered in Munich, Germany. Founded in 1852, the Group has a workforce of over 11,660 employees and generated sales of approximately EUR 1.75 billion in the 2013 fiscal year. 58 subsidiaries and joint ventures in 32 countries ensure customer proximity worldwide.
G&D develops, produces, and distributes products and solutions in the payment, secure communication, and identity management sectors. G&D is a technology leader in these markets and holds a strong competitive position. The Group's customer base mainly comprises central and commercial banks, mobile network operators, business enterprises, governments, and public authorities. For more information, please visit: www.gi-de.com.
IPCO AS press contact :
Morten Zakariassen, IPCO
Tel.: +47 950 55 319
About IPCO AS
IPCO AS was established early 2011 by experienced executives from the telecom industry, seeking to enable new telecom business models and revenue streams through innovation.
The owners and employees are a highly skilled team with unique telecom knowledge in all key areas to ensure a predictable development timeline and operational excellence.
IPCO AS will attend the G&D stand: hall 7, booth 7A41