Logitech and its LifeSize Communications Division Join UCIF to Advance Unified Communications Interoperability
Forum to Enable Interoperability of Unified Communications Hardware and Software Through Inter-vendor Openness and Collaboration
FREMONT, Calif. - May 19, 2010 - Logitech (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) today announced that, along with its LifeSize Communications division, it is a founding member of the newly formed Unified Communications Interoperability Forum (UCIF), a non-profit alliance of worldwide technology leaders working together to fully realize the potential of unified communications (UC). The UCIF is designed to help global businesses be more productive by enabling standards-based, cross-vendor interoperability of UC hardware and software across enterprises, service providers and consumer clouds.
Logitech / LifeSize is joined by founding members HP, Juniper Networks, Microsoft and Polycom, as well as contributing participants Acme Packet, Aspect, AudioCodes, Broadcom, BroadSoft, Brocade, ClearOne, Jabra, Plantronics, RADVISION, Siemens Enterprise Communications, and Teliris. The UCIF was founded with the recognition that seamless interoperability based on open standards is one of the key requirements to drive UC further into today's enterprises. Member companies will collaborate to overcome existing interoperability barriers to widespread UC adoption and deliver a reliable and rich UC experience, with the goal of propelling worldwide enterprise UC adoption.
"Logitech and LifeSize believe in a future where video communication is as easy as making a telephone call, where communicating with someone from across the globe is as effective as sitting across the table in the same room - a future that can only be achieved with seamless interoperability within multi-vendor environments," said Matt Collier, senior vice president of corporate development at LifeSize Communications. "We are firmly committed to driving innovation and collaborating with fellow UCIF members to establish industry standards that will help realize the true potential of unified communications, and ensure that the experience is effortless and natural for anyone, anywhere."
"Interoperability is not only critical to customer success for deploying unified communications but intrinsic to the delivery of legacy, current and next-generation UC tools, services and infrastructure from multiple vendors. Until now, efforts to achieve interoperability have appeared ad-hoc, which has given customers little assurance that their existing and planned investments are protected and will deliver the value promised," said Jonathan Edwards, research analyst, Unified Communications, IDC. "I'm delighted to see Logitech / LifeSize take a leading role by joining the UCIF. Together, these companies will help drive industrywide adoption of open standards and develop programs that put accountability on the vendors and provide peace of mind and investment protection for end customers - something that will surely accelerate adoption of UC technologies."
The UCIF will work with existing industry standards, identifying and filling the gaps between current protocols and interoperability issues that have stalled broad adoption and deployment of valuable communications methods. UCIF membership is open to hardware and software solution providers, service providers and network operators.
Learn more about Logitech / LifeSize's role in UCIF at Blog.Logitech and http://www.lifesize.com/ucif. For more information or to join the UCIF, visit http://www.ucif.org.
About the UCI Forum
The Unified Communications Interoperability Forum (UCIF) is a non-profit alliance of worldwide communications technology leaders working together to realize the potential of unified communications (UC) by increasing efficiency, decreasing implementation costs and improving the interoperability experience for UC customers. The UCIF's vision is to enable interoperability of standards-based UC hardware and software across enterprises, service providers, and consumer clouds, as a means of generating incremental business opportunity for all stakeholders in the ecosystem and of increasing the business use of UC technologies and services. The UCIF creates and tests interoperability profiles, implementation guidelines and best practices for interoperability between UC products and existing communications and business applications. Visit http://www.ucif.org to learn more.
Logitech is a world leader in products that connect people to the digital experiences they care about. Spanning multiple computing, communication and entertainment platforms, Logitech's combined hardware and software enable or enhance digital navigation, music and video entertainment, gaming, social networking, audio and video communication over the Internet, video security and home-entertainment control. Founded in 1981, Logitech International is a Swiss public company listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (LOGN) and on the Nasdaq Global Select Market (LOGI).