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January 27, 2017

Algo Communication Products Ltd. Talks Tech, ITEXPO

When it comes to telecommunications, you want to make sure you’re working with a company that knows what it’s doing. There’s a lot of competition out there, and everyone is fighting to set themselves apart from the rest. Luckily for Algo Communication Products Ltd., its reputation of being a reliable telecommunications supplier precedes itself.

Algo has been in the telecommunications business for almost 50 years. That in itself should be a good indicator that the people behind the company know what they’re talking about. According to its site, the Canadian company manufactures IP endpoints including: PoE speakers, horns, paging adapters, strobes, push buttons, doorphone/intercoms, and specialty handsets (PTT, PTM). Algo IoT devices provide solutions for voice paging systems (Wideband G.722 HD voice), bell scheduling, visual and audible alerting/notification (OSHA), loud ringing, customer and emergency assistance, and video/audio entrance security. The products are compatible as third party SIP endpoints with hosted and premise UC platforms such as: Avaya, Broadsoft, Cisco, Digium/Asterisk, Metaswitch, Mitel, NEC, Polycom, and more.

Clearly, Algo has a lot to offer in terms of products, expertise, and strategic partnerships. Luckily for attendees, Algo will be exhibiting at ITEXPO at booth 517 to impart some of that information. The event, held Feb. 8-10 in Fort Lauderdale, FL, is sure to be a great chance to talk with Algo’s Director of Research and Development.

Just in case you’re unable to wait for ITEXPO to hear more about Algo, TMC caught up with Paul Zoehner, Director, Algo, to discuss changing technology trends. Our full exchange can be seen below:

How have technology changes over the past 12 months helped businesses grow?

The emergence of IoT and advances in unified communication technologies continues to shape Algo’s product development. Our open standard SIP endpoints allow customers to take a proactive and systematic approach to an IP deployment while enjoying the security and operational advantages that IP brings. For example, Algo multicast enabled devices can be scaled to cover any size building, campus or enterprise, to create robust solutions for public address/voice paging and emergency notification using a variety Wideband PoE speakers, paging adapters, strobe lights and push buttons. For physical entrance security, Algo’s intercom products deliver both audio and video to any device in the UC environment for secure and efficient communication with visitors and guests, while seamlessly integrating door/gate opening control.

What does the term Collaboration mean to your business?

Algo endpoints register as 3rd party SIP devices to any IP premise or hosted telephone system. There are no barriers to utilize the full capabilities of the UC environment to create robust scalable solutions to suit the unique requirements of any business or organization.

What elements of Unified Communications are most useful for your company?

As a manufacturer of open standard SIP endpoints, Algo products register easily to any hosted or premised-based UC platforms. The advantage this brings is it permits any telephone, soft client, tablet, or mobile device to interact with an Algo endpoint for essential workplace applications such as: voice paging, visual/audible alerting, emergency notification, customer service, and access control and communication for secured doors/gates. Algo’s suite of purpose-built SIP endpoints can be fully provisioned and managed on the network like an IP telephone, minimizing the touch and saving considerable time compared to what would otherwise be the case for analog devices off the network.

How has the growth in the managed services market impacted your business?

A significant portion of our endpoint deployments are on hosted UC platforms, where the service provider offers a suite of services. Rather than have to rely on awkward ATA workarounds, Algo IP products provide a seamless solution for ancillary devices required for voice paging, loud ringing, visual alerting, and door/gate intercom. 

How has your business’ product development evolved over the past year as a result of emerging technologies?

The IoT evolution in the industry has lead to a greater demand for network managed devices to support a wider variety of workplace processes and functions. Algo continues to leverage its expertise in audio and video technologies to deliver cutting edge specialty IP endpoints that push the limits of performance, functionality and ease of deployment. For example, the introduction of our new 8039 SIP Video Intercom offers advanced video technology utilizing a fisheye camera lens and de-warp algorithm, which allows visibility directly beneath the intercom as well as 90 degrees left and 90 degrees right. An intuitive web interface in the endpoint provides the capability to "see" what the intercom "sees" at any time for added security. The 8039 also introduces a mullion form factor to more easily mount the intercom on the aluminum frame of glass door commercial entrances.  

Are channel partners keeping up with the latest trends and developments?  Is more education needed and how can they better leverage the latest technologies to grow?

We believe trade shows such as ITEXPO provide a good opportunity for channel partners to engage with us to become more knowledgeable about our products and the solutions available. Education is a significant objective of the show for Algo.

What will you have on display at your booth and why should attendees make it a point to visit you at your booth?

The Algo booth will have a wide variety of IP paging speakers and adapters, IP video and audio intercoms, as well as, IP alerting and notification endpoints.

Do you have an upcoming paging project for a school, hospital or retail store, or are you looking for notification solutions to address workplace or plant safety? Stop by booth #517 and our Director of Research and Development can talk through your project with you and suggest solutions that will meet your needs.

What are you most looking forward to at ITEXPO 2017?

We look forward to networking with channel partners, technology providers, resellers, and distributors during ITEXPO. Feedback from our customers is essential for our product development, and the show provides an effective platform to educate attendees about Algo IP products and solutions.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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