SOLUTIONS

APPLICATION HARMONIZATION

Service Providers globally are actively deploying next generation networks. IMS infrastructure spending is increasing in line with Voice over LTE (VoLTE) deployments and will reach $4B by 2017.

In order to deliver on this, Service Providers – both wireless operators managing the migration between 3G and 4G networks and fixed operators migrating from TDM to IP/IMS based next generation networks – must manage the transition of their Intelligent Networking features, an installed base that is both substantial and mission critical.

They face the challenge of making the legacy services accessable to the subscribers on the new network – while ensuring a consistent and transparent experience for end users.

In addition, many of these features are currently running on old, inefficient and even sometimes EOL platforms and need to be migrated to future proof “open” platforms to mitigate ongoing expenses. Even for legacy SCP’s that remain in service place requirements on the new network to ensure co-existence.

AGNITY Communications, Inc. offers solutions that address these needs with the industry’s best of breed applications infrastructure –

  • Communications Application server (CAS) – a virtualized, standards based converged Service Delivery Platform that works across 3G, 4G LTE, WiFi and VoIP. It bridges legacy and next generation networks either via its Service Broker functionality or by deploying in a Hybrid Configuration, a patent pending solution (commercially deployed) for ensuring complete feature parity for subscribers across any access network.
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  • Next Generation IN (NGIN) Services – applications, including network based VPN, Number Portability, Advanced Call Routing (ATF) / IVR, Prepaid and Online Charging System, to allow replacement of existing legacy IN features as the current platforms reach EOL or fail to support next generation interfaces.
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  • Migration Tools and Methodologies – extensive tools, capabilities and experience to achieve the goal of parity between new systems and legacy systems with minimal impact to network operations.

Reference Architecture:

Today Service Delivery is aligned with access network silos.

But with the deployment of next generation networks these silos must converge. The AGNITY CAS platform bridges the 3G/legacy/TDM network and the 4G/IMS/IP network in order to provide legacy applications and a platform for future application development independent of but in conjunction with TAS.

USE CASE: ENHANCED SERVICES

Service Providers globally are actively deploying next generation networks. IMS infrastructure spending is increasing in line with Voice over LTE (VoLTE) deployments and will reach $4B by 2017. Service Delivery Platform spending is forecast to hit $5.9B by 2017. Enterprise market revenues for Service Providers will grow 2x as fast as the consumer market revenues. These metrics all point to the steep growth curve for next generation network infrastructure, a strong service delivery platform and revenue generating applications.

As service providers grapple with competitive OTT services and declining ARPUs in the consumer market, the enterprise market becomes a very attractive market for growth. Bundling applications with devices and data plans supports the approach to vertical markets such as health care. And enterprises – managing a BYOD world and their own desire to outsource funcitionality to a SaaS cloud based model see value in the Service Provider’s ability to offer subscription based applications.

Deployment of new revenue generating services for the enterprise market enables Service Providers to capture incremental revenue from customers willing to increasing ARPU for value add applications. Applications built around the advanced capabilities of their network and devices offer the opportunity to increase customer “stickiness”, increase revenue and drive sales of bandwidth and devices.

AGNITY Communications, Inc. offers solutions that address these needs with the industry’s best of breed applications infrastructure –

  • Communications Application server (CAS) – a virtualized, standards based (SIP Servlet) converged Service Delivery Platform that works across 3G, 4G LTE, WiFi and VoIP.
  • Enhanced Business Communications – new revenue generating features such as Network based Multi Media Conferencing, a complement to IR.94 consumer video services that is targeted to the mobile Enterprise market, and Mobile Care, a unique Contextual Communication application designed to support the business needs of the health care vertical and easily adapted to other verticals.
  • MULTIMEDIA CONFERENCING

    APTUS MOBILECARE™

Reference Architecture:

With the deployment of next generation networks operators have the opportunity to deploy services that utilize the advanced capabilities of their new networks. The AGNITY CAS platform is a component of the 4G/IMS/IP network architecture and a platform for application deployment independent of but in conjunction with existing TAS based consumer services.

Applications:

MULTIMEDIA CONFERENCING & COLLABORATION

ACONYX Multimedia Conferencing & Collaboration is a carrier-grade, network-based multimedia conferencing solution for LTE Service providers delivering Audio, HD Video and Text conferencing services to enterprise subscribers. Developed as an open solution compliant to LTE and IMS conference specifications, it offers enterprise level customization with customizable web based client portal interface.

Standard SIP clients for the application are supported on IP Phones, Smart Phones, Desktop SIP Clients and Web phones. Web APIs are also available for easy integration with external third party systems. The solution has been developed as a pure SIP based application using SIP for call signalling, RTP for Media and MSML (RFC5707) for controlling the media server, perfectly suitable for the service providers to offer this as a In-network solution.

Mobile Care

MobileCare™ is an integrated, patient-centric secure mobile contextual messaging and communications solution that is designed specifically for the needs of the Health Care vertical.

By integrating real-time access to patient data with Messaging, Alerts, Notifications, Paging, Voice, Video, Presence, Availability, Calendaring and Contacts, MobileCare™ enables all members in the patient’s circle of care (physicians, nurses, pharmacists, case managers, administrators & staff) to communicate and collaborate more efficiently and effectively. This context-enabled communication and collaboration among the Circle of Care team members helps facilitate faster decision making with fewer errors, which as a result, improves the quality of care and the hospital’s bottom line.

It is fully compliant to HIPAA requirements and can seamlessly integrate with healthcare systems, including EMRs, PACS, CPOEs, Labs and all HIS. It is optimized for secure deployments on-premises or in the Cloud and is supported on multiple popular mobile Smartphone and tablet platforms and operating systems.

USE CASE: NETWORK NEXT GEN IN APPLICATIONS

Service Providers globally have invested heavily over the years in a wide variety of Intelligent Networking services and platforms – many of these customized to the specific needs of the Service Provider.

Many of these features are currently running on old, inefficient non SIP based and even End Of Life platforms and need to be migrated to future proof “open” platforms to mitigate ongoing expenses.

AGNITY Communications, Inc. offers solutions that address these needs with the industry’s best of breed applications infrastructure –

  • Communications Application server (CAS) – a virtualized, standards based converged Service Delivery Platform that works across 3G, 4G LTE, WiFi and VoIP. Well suited to deployment of multiple applications on a single platform the AGNITY CAS is SIP Servlet based making it future proof as operators SIP based networks and services evolve. Equally importantly, the CAS platform supports flexibility to develop and deploy new services as networks and service needs evolve.
  • Next Generation IN (NGIN) Services – applications, including network based VPN, Number Portability, Advanced Call Routing (ATF) / IVR, Prepaid and Online Charging System, to allow replacement of existing legacy IN features as the current platforms reach EOL or fail to support next generation interfaces. Agnity applications are flexible enough to be customized to meet specific operator needs and configurations.
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Use Cases:

Advanced Call Routing

The ACONYX™ Advanced Call Routing service is a core network application that lets callers make free phone calls to a service subscriber by dialing a special service number, such as the 8xx numbers in the USA. Such calls are billed to service subscribers. Service subscribers can specify various routing criterions for calls such as time of day, day of week, origin of the caller, or selection on a prompt and many more.

Voice Virtual Private network (VPN)

The ACONYX™ Voice Virtual Private Network (Voice VPN) is a core network application that lets enterprises implement their private voice network. This service helps enterprises interconnect multiple office locations using shared Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) and Voice over IP (VoIP) networks. The Voice VPN lets enterprises implement a customized private numbering plan. This helps control cost by managing telephone privileges of employees. It also helps get bulk discounts from service providers. The Service Provider can offer a set of pre-defined Voice VPN packages to enterprises.

Number Portability

The ACONYX™ Number Portability (NP) service is a network-based next-generation IP solution built on the robust carrier-grade ACONYX Network Services Platform. It lets telecommunications customers retain their telephone numbers when changing their telephone service provider. Below are some of the highlighted features of the ACONYX NP Application:

  • Analyze the dialled number to determine whether the call has been made to a mobile or a fixed line number
  • Automatic prefix correction feature for all or a selective group of calling numbers
  • Custom and default Guidance treatment in case prefix cannot be corrected
  • NP Database synchronization with National Database (NPDB) via secured FTP of XML files
  • Routing Prefix Rules: determines the terminating and originating prefixes based on the defined rules
  • Creates a Call Detail Record (CDR) for each call it processes
  • Application Enablement: the application can be triggered by other CAS applications (ATF, VPN)

Advanced Call Screening

This application allows SMB enterprise to play warning black listed or high cost destinations. For high cost destinations, user is prompted to provide PIN for authentication to continue the high cost destination call. Alternatively SMB user is redirected to operator for assistance, if he/she choose so. The application also sends email notification to the defined email address in the database whenever there is PIN change done by provisioning interface. Optionally, application also supports yellow list, comprising of destinations, which are allowed as per tariff plan. For re-direct calls the application checks in Yellow list , if entry found then call is allowed normally, else an announcement is played to user. User may continue or hang up call after an announcement. If user wishes to continue with call, application will redirect call.

Prepaid / Flexycharge

The ACONYX FlexYcharge Solution offers a comprehensive feature set to allow service providers the ability to quickly deploy a multi-service prepaid solution, across heterogeneous networks spanning across mobile, voice, video, data and IMS networks. FlexYcharge also enables the simple credit control features for post paid subscribers in your service provider’s network including comprehensive CDR mediation and billing integration functions.

  • Highly scalable, carrier-grade solution supporting multi-million subscribers
  • Multi-tier Web-based Management lowers OPEX
  • Open solution with standard protocols and APIs for rapid system integration with best of breed solutions
  • Wholesale/Reseller Model Support

USE CASE: VoLTE DEPLOYMENT DRIVEN IN HARMONIZATION

The deployment of VoLTE introduces a new network element, the MMTel TAS for IR.92 and IR.94 services and removes the need for Circuit Switch Fall Back (CSFB) for the support of Voice Services for the new LTE subscribers.

This of course means that the new VoLTE subscribers are now no longer able to access the legacy IN services on the 3G network for their voice calls.

And in turn that means that operators must provide for the transition of their Intelligent Networking features, an installed base that is both substantial and mission critical.

AGNITY Communications, Inc. offers solutions that address these needs with the industry’s best of breed applications infrastructure –

  • Communications Application server (CAS) – a virtualized, standards based converged Service Delivery Platform that works across 3G, 4G LTE, WiFi and VoIP. It bridges legacy and next generation networks either via its Service Broker functionality or by deploying in a Hybrid Configuration, a patent pending solution (commercially deployed) for ensuring feature parity for subscribers across any access network.
  • Learn More

  • Next Generation IN (NGIN) Services – applications, including network based VPN, Number Portability, Advanced Call Routing (ATF) / IVR, Prepaid and Online Charging System, to allow replacement of existing legacy IN features as the current platforms reach EOL or fail to support next generation interfaces.
  • Learn More

  • Service Broker Capabiliy – the ability to “reach” back to a legacy IN platform from the new IMS core network in order to provide access to legacy applications on platforms that the Service Provider intends to keep in service in order to extract maximum life and value from the asset.
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  • Migration Tools and Methodologies – extensive tools, capabilities and experience to achieve the goal of parity between new systems and legacy systems with minimal impact to network operations.

Reference Architecture:

Today Service Delivery is aligned with access network silos.

But with the deployment of next generation networks these silos must converge. The AGNITY CAS platform bridges the 3G/legacy/TDM network and the 4G/IMS/IP network in order to provide legacy applications and a platform for future application development independent of but in conjunction with TAS (utilizing the AGNITY application chaining capability to link the two platforms).

The AGNITY CAS platform serves both of these functions allowing the convergence across silos with the support for legacy IN applications.

USE CASE: VIDEO OVER LTE SERVICES

Service Providers globally are actively deploying IMS infrastructure and Voice over LTE (VoLTE).  Video Services will be one of the key features enabled by these networks and will be an important part of Service Provider strategies in the years to come.

IR.94 based video services available on the MMTel TAS for the consumer market do not address the needs of the enterprise. Enterprises demand QoS, multi party video, call scheduling (ad hoc and calendar based) and the ability to integrate with corporate email and directories – all available on a native client.

AGNITY Communications, Inc. offers solutions that address these needs with the industry’s best of breed applications infrastructure –

  • Communications Application server (CAS) – a virtualized, standards based (SIP Servlet) converged Service Delivery Platform that works across 3G, 4G LTE, WiFi and VoIP.
  • Learn More

  • IMS Standards Compliant Network Based Multi Media Conferencing – new revenue generating features such as Network based Multi Media Conferencing targeted to the mobile Enterprise market can round out a comprehensive ViLTE offer from the service provider – using the same IR.94 compliant device to address the video needs of both the consumer market and the enterprise market.Network Based (IMS)
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Multi Media Conferencing Use Case:

One of Agnity’s available Enhanced Revenue Generating Applications is Network Based Multi Media Conferencing. This is designed to be an enterprise grade Multi Media Conferencing service supporting the following functionalities.

  • Audio and Video Conferencing – using bridges assigned from a pool or “personal conference room” (dedicated bridge) functionality in both a “scheduled conference” mode and an “instant conference” mode for an operator defined maximum number of participants
  • Full Organizer Portal Capability for Scheduling and Monitoring Conferences and managing participants with optional LDAP based email integration to the enterprise directory for easy conference invites.
  • Participant Portal Capability including participant list, IM / chat, screen sharing, video sharing and collaboration (white boarding).
  • Support for use of Mobile Client or Native SIP based capabilities on the mobile device
  • Support for WebRTC

Agnity’s MMC application is designed to be network based and part of the operators IMS infrastructure (in accordance with “ETSI TR 122 948 V12.0.0 (2014-10)” specification.

  • Built on the Agnity CAS platform – a virtualized, carrier grade and multi tenant Service Delivery Framework that supports open APIs for integration to existing operator Provisioning and Network Management and Billing functions.
  • Utilizing the existing VoLTE MRF for media mixing functionality
  • Supporting standards based integration to the IMS network for delivery of features such as IMS Client Registration, security, authentication and end to end QoS
  • Supports service interaction with other In-Network services, increasing overall usage and subscriber stickiness
  • Easy customizability with Enterprise banding and call flow announcements

Reference Architecture:

IR.94 based ad-hoc conference services will be provided by the VoLTE MMTel TAS and MMC based conference services will be provided by Agnity CAS. The following diagram depicts the architecture for video conference services.