Quintum Technologies, an innovator in VoIP technologies and a subsidiary of Network Equipment Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: NWK), announced today that TOHO Cinemas, the movie entertainment division of Toho Co., Ltd, deployed a VoIP network with Tenor VoIP MultiPath switches and gateways to more than 30 cinemas throughout Japan, integrating an Asterisk based phone system with the existing PBXs at each site.
TOHO wanted to deploy a cost-effective IP-based phone system with new IP phone extensions to each cinema’s screening room, and they wanted to have it integrated with the existing PBX phone system in each theater, while networking all the theaters together. They created a VoIP network with an Asterisk IP telephone server that connects all the theaters together and integrates the new IP telephony network with all the existing PBXs. This enabled TOHO to create a single network that combines voice and data, including Internet access and mail on their VPN service.
Quintum’s Tenor enabled TOHO to centralize their information line utilizing Asterisk’s interactive voice recognition (IVR) capability to automate the routing of their incoming calls to available information operators. TOHO plans to expand this capability to add a synthetic speech application for providing movie information for each branch.
TOHO worked with YCS, Quintum’s reseller in Japan, to develop the plan to integrate these new features into TOHO’s next-generation network. YCS recommended Tenor VoIP MultiPath switches and gateways, which are known for their ability to easily ’drop in’ to a telephony network with legacy PBXs and require little to no reconfiguration or modifications to existing communications equipment.
As a result, a Tenor VoIP gateway was installed at each of the 30 cinema locations to provide VoIP connectivity between the theaters and to integrate the legacy PBXs with the new Asterisk IP phone system. All the telephone calls among the branches are sent over IP with the existing business phone system. “We selected Quintum Tenors because they easily integrated our IP capabilities with our legacy telephones,” stated Hisashi Kikuchi, Engineer for TOHO Cinemas General Affairs Office information system. “Quintum’s product is extremely stable, and has the added benefit that it can easily be managed remotely. In fact, with its rich feature set, the Quintum VoIP gateway has become core to our network.”
“TOHO Cinemas’ implementation is an excellent example of how companies are deploying VoIP in their networks to add new capabilities while leveraging the investment in their existing voice infrastructure,” said Chuck Rutledge, Vice President of Marketing for Quintum. “TOHO was able to gain key benefits with added capabilities and lower costs at a fraction of the price of ‘fork–lifting’ out their existing PBXs for a complete IP telephony system replacement.”
Quintum Technologies, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Network Equipment Technologies, Inc., is headquartered in Eatontown, NJ. Quintum delivers VoIP solutions designed to bring the reliability and voice clarity of public telephone networks to Internet telephony. Quintum's intelligent VoIP access solutions integrate easily into existing PBX and IP infrastructures, making them the ideal choice for service providers and enterprises alike.
Quintum was awarded the Frost & Sullivan 2007 Global Product Differentiation Innovation Award. Quintum is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, a Nortel Developer Partner and an Avaya DeveloperConnection Partner. Quintum sells its switches worldwide through its direct sales force and a network of resellers and distributors. For more information, call 1-877-SPEAK IP (1-877-773-2547), 1-732-460-9000 outside the US, or visit http://www.quintum.com.
About Network Equipment Technologies, Inc.
For nearly a quarter of a century, Network Equipment Technologies, Inc. (NET) has provided voice and data communications equipment for multi-service networks requiring high degrees of versatility, interoperability, security and performance. NET’s broad family of products are purpose-built for mixed-service, multi-protocol networks; bandwidth-sensitive site communications; high-performance, security-sensitive transmissions; and converged communications. The company’s NX Series for network exchange solutions and VX Series for voice exchange solutions enable interoperability and integration with existing networks for seamless migration to secure IP-based voice and data communications.