On May 19, 2010, five leading technology companies founded the Unified Communications Interoperability Forum (UCIF), a non-profit collaboration between tech firms to maximize the interoperability of unified communications (UC).
Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, Polycorn, Logitech and Juniper were the founding partners and now it has expanded into a large list of organizations, including Huawei, Siemens Enterprise Communications and Brocade Communications System.
Unified interoperability is the element of a structure that allocates the integration of real-time and non-real time communications and information services. This includes instant messaging, video conferencing and speech recognition (real-time) and voicemail, email, fax and SMS (non-real time).
The process allows the opportunity to inter-communicate and exchange processing homogeneously through various applications, data platforms, media types, operating infrastructures and other devices. With UC, the leaders in the world of business are attempting to implement the dire needs of efficiency, speed and simplicity. The purpose is to transition from one mode of communication to another and combines the different means in one session.
The platform includes a set of products that distributes a similar user experience and starts with presence information, an aspect of telecommunications that senses where a user is in relation to the technology, such as at a computer workstation or on a mobile phone. This allows the unification of voice, video and text for association among individuals in one enterprise or in other organizations.
Interoperability has become an imperative facet of computers because their operating systems (OS) maintain several programs from other companies and are able to co-exist and exchange data to aid the user. Furthermore, an OS is coalesced because it gives the person with a simple and easy-to-understand interface to complete various tasks. Therefore, computer users do not necessarily have to maintain esoteric knowledge about the intricacies of machines, which is something that was quite common prior to the late-1990s.
There are three levels of interoperability: syntactic, semantic and processing.
Syntactic systems are defined and establish the linquistic standards to apply the form, grammar, framework, and the structure of the defined language. These systems organize cues to identify the functional elements and patterns applied for the defined language. Syntactic systems also evaluate parts of the language and establish context and meaning based on how these parts are applied. Syntactic systems can tradeinteract without the risk of loss or corruption. Established Data formats and languages structures, such as Extensible Markup Language (XML), which permits data syntactical interchange to be conveyed in an understandable format for both the user and the machine. Another example is the Structured Query Language (SQL), a universal language for assembling information into a database, a feature important for a business like Amazon.
Semantic systems utilize vocabularies and ontology classification models to apply meaning and context to language structures. A semantic system is able to combine multiple language elements together, evaluate the associations between the elements, and derive deeper contextual meaning. Semantic systems are rather advanced systems and even human-like because they can communicate and interpret multi-level context and meaning, consequential data and information akin to humans.
Achieving unified processing interoperability can actually produce productsenables the delivery of syntactical and semantic interchange and new solutions rapidly without the costly and time consuming effort of creating new entire process of models, extensive system integrations dependencies, and the need for large intermediate databases. Alternative, It this new paradigm facilitates enables companies to rapidly test and evaluate new solutions and problem solve by joining interoperable modules, known as pneurons, as analytics, application and/or operating model chains.
These components utilize and interact with existing IP or applications in order to integrate incongruent technology to a uniform platform. The pneuron configuration models merge runtime processing infrastructures and dynamic ontology structures for the standardized switch of data and steady processing across apparatuses.
At the present time, UCIF is developing and publishing requirements, guidelines and recommendations that will be completed by all UCIF members to enlarge interoperability between solutions which will eviscerate barriers. Members are provided the opportunity to submit input on the development of specifications and the finalization of verification and certification programs.