Unified Communications: Click to talk

Dec 29 2009   11:39PM GMT

FoIP: Unified Communications Meets 1976

Tony Bradley Tony Bradley Profile: Tony Bradley

One of the less common elements of unified communications is FoIP–Fax over IP. There are a variety of benefits for organizations that rely on faxing to make the transition to FoIP, especially if the traditional voice network is being replaced by VoIP communications.

FoIP enables organizations with branch offices and geographic diversity to host a central fax server and eliminate the cost of provisioning voice lines to each site. Faxes received at the FoIP server are delivered digitally to the recipient’s email box.

That said-I hate faxing and I don’t understand why the technology is still used at all. I own a fax machine. It sits in the attic collecting dust until some entity I am trying to do business with tells me that they *require* me to fax something in order to complete our affairs. So, I climb into the attic and dig it out. Set it up. Fax my paperwork. And….put it back in the attic.

This is 2009–next week it will be 2010! Let’s get on board with digital signatures, or at *least* accept a scanned document sent via email in place of a fax. Seriously?

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