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ZigBee Integration with Xorcom PBX to be Demonstrated at the IT Expo in Miami this Week

Union of energy-efficient high level radio-based communication protocol and open source IP-PBX provides interactive access with human interface to data for a myriad of practical applications

January 19, 2010 – (IT Expo) – Miami, Florida and Misgav, Israel – Xorcom, a privately-held manufacturer of business telephony interfaces and appliances based on Asterisk open source software, announces that it will demonstrate the integration of ZigBee, a GPL specification for a suite of high level communication protocols using small, low-power digital radios, and its Asterisk®-based IP-PBX at booth D-07 in the Digium Asterisk World pavilion at the Miami Beach Convention Center, from January 20 through January 22.

ZigBee – GPL Specification for Economic, Secure Communications
ZigBee is based on the IEEE 802.15.4-2003 standard for wireless secured personal area networks (WPANs), and is targeted at radio-frequency (RF) applications that require a low data rate, long battery life, and secure networking. To date, it has been utilized in several smart grid projects to save energy, reduce cost and increase reliability and transparency of resource consumption. Xorcom has integrated the ZigBee protocol and hardware into their high-end IP-PBX systems in order to provide an interactive bi-directional interface to the data available through ZigBee.

Xorcom Open Source PBX at the Corporate Communications Crossroads
Xorcom’s basic premise is that by using an intelligent console at the crossroads of corporate communications, e.g., an IP-PBX, ZigBee can be utilized efficiently and cost-effectively in the workplace. The Xorcom Asterisk-based IP-PBX can notify a human operator immediately about information collected using ZigBee (e.g., utility consumption aberrations, fire hazards, person/inventory location, smart panic buttons, etc.) using a variety of communication methods: via telephone, text message to mobile (SMS), pager, public address, e-mail, fax, etc. In addition, the Xorcom IP-PBX can be programmed to present the operator with an IVR (Interactive Voice Response) system for on-the-spot decision-making and device control. Sample applications using the ZigBee-Xorcom PBX integration, in addition to the smart grid projects mentioned above, include intelligent communications for assisted living environments, inventory tracking, and smart home (energy control and monitoring).

Xorcom will be demonstrating the ZigBee integration in their booth #D-07 in the Digium Asterisk World pavilion at the IT Expo, taking place January 20 – 22, 2010.

About Xorcom
Founded in 2004, Xorcom is a privately-held IP-PBX manufacturer. Xorcom harnesses the power of Asterisk® Open Source IP-PBX – the most rapidly growing telephony platform in the world – to design and produce leading-edge hardware telephony solutions for commercial installations. Today, Xorcom offers the widest and most flexible range of solutions and hardware platforms in the Asterisk market. System integrators, telecom equipment manufacturers, and customer premise telephony and VoIP providers use Xorcom products to provide added value to their end users.

Contact Info
Linda Elisha +44 1273 270 270
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