VOICECON, ORLANDO, FL – March 6, 2007 – Lenovo and Avaya today announced plans to collaborate on IP and unified communications solutions that combine both companies’ award-winning technologies. Lenovo and Avaya will work together to enhance the IP communications experience on ThinkPad notebooks, giving business users the highest levels of security, usability and quality of service as they place and receive phone calls from their notebook PCs.
Avaya is a leading global provider of business communications applications, software and services. Lenovo is a leading PC company that creates the best-engineered and most secure PCs in the world.
The joint solution will enable Lenovo’s market-leading integrated fingerprint reader and Password Manager technologies to, for the first time, support Avaya’s IP Softphone solution to boost user authentication with a swipe of a finger. The combination aims to help prevent unauthorized calls from the PC, and prevent unauthorized access to the user’s contact list and call history. The Lenovo and Avaya solution will make it easy for users to gain secure biometric access to communications capabilities with one touch of the fingerprint reader located on the wrist pad of their notebook PCs.
Integration between Avaya’s industry-leading IP communications software and Lenovo’s ThinkLight located on the top of the screen bezel is also being demonstrated today at VoiceCon as a future capability. This feature would transform the keyboard illumination function into a visual alert to check voice mail.
“Today’s professionals work and communicate with colleagues and family at all hours of the day and from different locations outside the office, so it is increasingly important that they have efficient and cost effective communication tools,” said Peter Hortensius, senior vice president of Lenovo’s notebook business unit. “Avaya’s IP telephony solutions, combined with ThinkPad notebooks, allow users to take their office phone with them on their PCs and securely make calls while at home or on the road.”
According to Synergy Research 1 in its 2006 Worldwide VOIP Forecast, IP telephony will account for 68 percent of enterprise telephony shipments in 2007.
“Avaya’s Unified Communications initiatives increase the communication and collaboration capabilities available to ThinkPad notebook users, such as “click-to-call” integration with Microsoft Office Communicator or IBM Lotus Sametime, helping support more productive activities,” said Eileen Rudden, vice president and general manager, Unified Communications, Avaya. “We are looking forward to working with Lenovo to deliver the best user experience with ThinkPad notebooks.”
The first version of the Avaya unified communications solution for ThinkPad notebooks is planned for 3Q07.
About Avaya Avaya delivers Intelligent Communications solutions that help companies transform their businesses to achieve marketplace advantage. More than 1 million businesses worldwide, including more than 90 percent of the FORTUNE 500®, use Avaya solutions for IP Telephony, Unified Communications, Contact Centers and Communications-Enabled Business Processes. Avaya Global Services provides comprehensive service and support for companies, small to large. For more information visit the Avaya Web site, www.avaya.com .
About Lenovo Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is dedicated to building the world’s best engineered personal computers. Lenovo’s business model is built on innovation, operational efficiency and customer satisfaction as well as a focus on investment in emerging markets. Formed by Lenovo Group’s acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the company develops, manufactures and markets reliable high-quality, secure and easy-to-use technology products and services worldwide. Lenovo has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information, see www.lenovo.com/us .
1 Synergy Research, Q3 2006 Enterprise VoIP WW Forecast, December 6, 2006.