Last week I was on the Spectralink WiFi Support Specialist course and thought I’ll share some of the Spectralink 84-Series wireless phone features with you:
Microsoft Lync compatibility
The Spectralink 84-Series handsets has established interoperability with the Microsoft Lync 2010 Telephony Server.
Spectralink software is now available in two variants – Lync and non-Lync (or open SIP). Starting with Spectralink software 4.3/4.4, even-numbered releases support both Lync and open SIP and odd-numbered releases support open SIP only.
Workers can be at risk during security breaches or if personal incidents require immediate attention. Spectralink 8441 and 8453 handsets offer personal monitoring and duress call functionality, including “man down” alarms, “running” alarms and duress calls to an emergency number. Coupled with a security alarm application program, real-time location information from the alarming handset can be displayed on security monitors and sent to other Spectralink 84-Series handsets for mobile response. The existing functionality of Location Services allows an alarming handset’s location to be pinpointed so that aid can be directed to the exact scene. When deployed in conjunction with a security alarm application, Spectralink Personal Alarms provide unparalleled support for isolated workers or other at-risk personnel in potentially threatening situations.
Implementation with Location Services
All Spectralink 84-Series handsets support integration with the Ekahau RTLS system. The handsets send periodic location information to an Ekahau server allowing the server to pinpoint the handsets’ location.
To maximize battery life, an administrator may set this update interval conservatively. In the event the handset enters an alarm state, the handset can be configured to send updates more frequently which would allow the Ekahau RTLS system to provide updated positions of the alarming handset more frequently. Additionally, if the Ekahau system is integrated into a management application these positions can be sent to responders.
Additional 3rd-party RTLS systems, e.g. Aeroscout, may also be able to provide location of
Spectralink 84-Series handsets.
Push-to-Talk and Group Paging
The Push-to-Talk (PTT) and Group Paging features are supported on all Spectralink 84-Series handset models.
The Group Paging feature enables pages —one-way audio announcements — to users
subscribed to a page group. Paging mode was originally intended primarily for desktop phones but has some use for Wi-Fi handsets that may or may not also be using PTT. In Page mode, announcements play only through the handset’s speakerphone.
The Push-to-Talk (PTT) feature is a collaborative tool that enables users to exchange radio
broadcasts to other users subscribed to a PTT channel. In PTT mode, the handset behaves like a walkie-talkie; users can broadcast audio to a PTT channel and recipients subscribed to that channel can respond to your message. PTT broadcasts can be transmitted using the handset, headset, or speakerphone. They can be rejected, placed on hold and ended at any time. PTT broadcasts can be received on the speakerphone, handset, and headset.
The Spectralink 84-Series enhances the customer value proposition through an optional integrated barcode scanner. The Spectralink 8452 and 8453 handsets with built-in 1D/2D barcode readers are extremely powerful information portals to important resources and business critical databases. Together with the phone there is also the Spectralink Quick Barcode Connecter (QBC) software.
The Spectralink QBC is a software application that enables you to capture and decode barcode patterns using one or more Spectralink 8452/8453 handsets and transfer the data to the application running on one or more host computers. You can think of it as a wireless barcode scanner connected to one or more host computers. When a handset captures barcode data, the data automatically transfers to the endpoint computer.