Brooktrout’s SS7 Technology Prepays Calls for Interact's Platform

2/10/2004 - Brooktrout Technology, Inc., a leading supplier of media processing, network interface, call control and signal processing products, announced that Interact Incorporated has selected Brooktrout Technology’s NS700TM SS7 platform for use in their ISIS (Interact Signaling Interface Server) prepaid calling platform. Catering to both fixed line and wireless operators, Interact’s switch-independent ISIS prepaid solutions can be tailored to meet prepaid service provider’s needs, is deployable in either the Service Node or Intelligent Networking environment, and allows for services such as prepaid calling cards and prepaid mobile phones.

“Brooktrout is a company that has been a reliable resource of proven technology and cooperative efforts for Interact, and has been a great facilitator in the process of developing this solution,” said Phil VanBeveren, Director of Operations for Interact Incorporated. “Throughout the development process, Brooktrout was dedicated to providing us with whatever resources we required to make it work. They made changes in their own developments to accommodate our needs. In the end, we delivered a solution that we can confidently insert, with or without our entire calling solutions, anywhere in the world.”

Prior to partnering with Brooktrout, Interact utilized a “drop-in” SS7 signaling unit purchased from a third party manufacturer. While the unit accomplished the goal of SS7-enabling their platform, it utilized a completely different operating system from the rest of Interact's solutions, which encumbered the integration process and made troubleshooting more difficult. Utilizing Brooktrout’s NS700 SS7 platform, Interact developed its own SS7 signaling solution, with many improvements over the previous solution. The new Interact ISIS runs on the same Linux operating system and customized Interact software as do the rest of Interact’s enhanced calling solutions, allowing for seamless integration into Interact’s solution as a whole.

This also meant easier programming and management of the system, allowing greater flexibility. Interact can adapt its ISIS unit to accommodate the inevitable variations from the standard SS7 protocols that are often experienced in the remote regions where their solutions are occasionally installed. Having the ISIS run on customized software and Linux also meant better integration into the network monitoring aspects of Interact’s solution, giving greater control for administration and management purposes. The ISIS was designed from the beginning to be deployed in dual-plane environment for enhanced redundancy, a key requirement for carrier networks.

This customized solution utilizing Brooktrout’s technology also allowed Interact to be able to accommodate SNMP (Simple Network Messaging Protocol), a standard that was not supported by the previous “drop-in” solution. Being able to support this protocol was the final key ingredient to Interact being able to provide a solution for any kind of network in the world.

Brooktrout Technology’s NS700 product line provides the industry’s most robust SS7 feature set. Brooktrout’s SS7 modules allow developers to leverage the capabilities of the SS7 network and develop carrier-grade applications for SS7 circuit-switched call control, SS7/IP convergence, GSM MAP SMS, CDMA IS-41, and INAP Intelligent Network devices.

About Interact
Interact Incorporated (www.iivip.com) is a developer of custom and semi-custom calling solutions for carrier class telephony providers the world over. Interact specializes in prepaid service node and Intelligent network solutions for a variety of different network environments including CDMA, TDMA, and GSM environments, as well as offering advanced Voice Mail and Conferencing products. Interact's whole solution includes full back office and customer care interfaces, as well as any external interfaces required for signaling or third-party integrations like banking institutions. Interact's solutions run on a proprietary software architecture built utilizing a Linux Operating System.

About Brooktrout Technology
Brooktrout Technology is a leading supplier of media processing, network interface, call control and signal processing products that enable the development of applications, systems and services for both the New NetworkTM (packet-based) and the traditional telephone (TDM) network. The Company’s strategy is to partner with its customers and collaborate closely with them to help accelerate their delivery of new applications and services, increase their existing business, and expand into new markets. For more information, visit http://www.brooktrout.com. Brooktrout Technology is a subsidiary of Brooktrout, Inc. (NASDAQ: BRKT).

Brooktrout, Brooktrout Technology, New Network, and NS700 are trademarks or registered trademarks of Brooktrout, Inc.

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