Two Years and Counting!

It’s hard to believe two years have passed since the Unified Communications Interoperability Forum (UCI Forum) came together to form the non-profit alliance we know today.  We’re an organization dedicated to realizing the potential of unified communications – which means we’re committed to increasing efficiency, decreasing implementation costs and improving the interoperability experience for UC customers.

Over the past two years, UCI Forum membership has grown to 40 organizations sharing a vision to enable interoperability of standards-based UC hardware and software across enterprises, service providers and consumer clouds.  Just this year, we welcomed five new members to the Forum including GENBAND, ShoreTel, Meru Networks, Wipro and Blue Jeans Network.

Our next big event is our Fall Annual Member Meeting, which will be held in Austin, Texas and co-located with IT EXPO West in October. We hope you will join us Oct. 2 – 3 for the meeting, which will have a full agenda including analyst and end-user tracks (open to the public), a networking reception (open to the public), task group updates and a State of the Union address from Bernard Aboba, chairman of the UCI Forum Board.

We’re also making great strides in addressing the interoperability challenges of the UC industry.  Below are some highlights and milestones since our one-year anniversary:

  • In March of this year we were extremely proud to announce that the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) reviewed and approved a set of video coding profiles developed by the UCI Forum. The UCI Forum submitted these profiles to the ITU for inclusion in the Scalable Video Coding (SVC) design for its H.264 Advanced Video Coding (AVC) standard.
  •  November 2011 saw the UCI Forum launch the SIP over IPv6 Task Group, chartered to establish a SIP over IPv6 test network infrastructure for vendors to test their IPv6 SIP interoperability.
  •  In October, 2011 we held our Second Annual All Member Meeting Hosted in Austin, Texas. The meeting was a huge success and featured guest speakers like industry analysts Irwin Lazar of Nemertes and Henry Dewing of Forrester. We also heard from a number of end users about the UC interoperability challenges they face very day.
  •  In August 2011, the UCI Forum grew its Board of Directors to include members from both RADVISION and Vidyo.
  •  And one year ago this month, the UCI Forum received great news when the UCIF USB Webcam recommendation was adopted by the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) Video Work Group and submission of the completed specification was delivered to the USB-IF board.

As you can see, we’ve accomplished quite a bit, but there still a lot of work to be done including establishing our first certifications. We’re working hard on achieving a certification program for H.264 SVC. In order to succeed, we count on volunteer members like you to participate. If you’re interested in helping us achieve our goals, please let us know by contacting info@ucif.org.

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