SOURCE: CommuniGate Systems

March 19, 2008 11:08 ET

CommuniGate Systems Wins the VON Magazine Innovator Award

Award Recognizes CommuniGate Systems' Pronto! Unified Communications Client for the Delivery of Web 2.0 Unified Communications -- Voice, Video, E-mail, Groupware, and Multimedia Applications

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - March 19, 2008) - CommuniGate Systems, the leader in carrier-class Rich Media Internet Communications, today announced that it has received a 2008 VON Magazine Innovator Award, the foremost listing recognizing innovative companies that represent the future of the Internet Communications industry. CommuniGate was named to the list due to its integral role in shaping the Web 2.0 delivery of Unified Communications -- bringing together voice, video, e-mail, groupware, Rich Media, plus an extensible framework for other productivity and entertainment applications in a single client.

Jon R. Doyle, Vice President of Business Development at CommuniGate Systems, accepted the award on Tuesday at VON.x Spring. The company is exhibiting the CommuniGate Pro server platform and Pronto! at VON.x from March 17-20, at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, CA (Booth 725).

The world's first Web 2.0 Unified Communications client, CommuniGate Systems' powerful yet lightweight Pronto! is based on Adobe Flash® and Adobe Flex™ 3 technology. Delivered through any Flash-enabled browser, Pronto! maintains the same look and feel across any operating system and choice of internet browser. Pronto! offers a single dashboard for all forms of communication and multimedia entertainment, including Rich Internet Applications like HD quality video. In addition, Pronto!'s modular framework enables cable operators, service providers, and third party developers to create customized Web 2.0 applications to give consumers a richer, more social web experience with unique applications like IPTV with integrated chat and community voting.

"The VON Magazine Innovator Awards recognize the Internet Communications industry's best and brightest companies, and we're pleased to honor CommuniGate Systems as an inaugural winner," said Bill Sell, Publisher, VON Media Group. "Our selection committee unanimously felt that CommuniGate stood apart from the large field of companies participating in the nomination process."

"We're thrilled to be recognized by VON Magazine for our contributions to this dynamic industry," said Doyle. "CommuniGate Systems has been long driving the next generation of Unified Communications -- voice, video, presence, messaging, social media, and Rich Internet Applications. Our goal is to unify all the new forms of internet communications and rich media as effortlessly and intuitively as possible -- making the vibrant world of Web 2.0 come alive on the user's desktop today."

CommuniGate Pro offers a scalable Unified Communications platform that enables enterprise organizations and service providers to seamlessly expand from five to 50 million subscribers in virtual domains with a modular feature set, powerful class of service provisioning, and a live rolling updates change management capability not found in legacy enterprise class messaging products. The platform's exclusive Dynamic Clustering architecture provides 99.999% uptime in a multi-tenant architecture with no single point of failure, and allows SaaS providers to add front-end or back-end nodes as needed without any downtime or service interruption.

Pronto! is available today as an open and free service at www.TalktoIP.com where users can take Pronto! for a test drive. Additionally, an installable "Community" version is located at www.communigate.com/community which allows free use of the CommuniGate Pro Server and Pronto! for five accounts or less, making it a smart choice for small businesses or the home office network. For installations over five users, the CommuniGate Pro full featured Unified Communication server is priced starting at US$899 for 25 users. ISPs, broadband and mobile operators can contact sales@communigate.com for pricing information.

About the VON Magazine Innovator Awards

Building on the legacy of the Pulver 100, the VON Innovator Awards have evolved to recognize all companies -- start-ups to publicly-traded companies -- which represent the future of Internet Communications. Each participating company completed a lengthy and comprehensive nomination process, and the recipients have been selected from a committee made up of VON Magazine editors, columnists, and contributors, as well as the leading content producer for the VON.x conferences. The Inaugural VON Magazine Innovator Award winners will be honored at Spring VON.x at 6:00 PM Pacific time on March 18th in the VON Theatre in San Jose. For additional information, please visit: http://vonmag.com/innovators/.

About CommuniGate Systems

Founded in 1991 and based in Mill Valley, California, CommuniGate Systems develops carrier-class Unified Communications and media delivery software for broadband and mobile operators to deliver value-added services and SaaS solutions. CommuniGate Systems delivers powerful mashups of Unified Communications technology mixed with media and entertainment applications for portals, social networks, enterprises and mobile communities. CommuniGate Systems is revolutionizing the Unified Communications industry with a unique Flash-based client framework Pronto! bringing together all forms of communication and breaking the leash to the desktop with Web 2.0 mobility.

CommuniGate Systems is the first choice in technology solutions for over 12,000 customers with over 130 million subscribers unifying e-mail, collaboration, IM, presence and VoIP with a single identity. The Unified Communications platform provides flexibility, performance, and scalability with benchmark proven architecture remaining unchallenged in the industry. Our technology powers OEM partner products ranging from embedded real time systems to powerful unified messaging platforms at top tier global network operators. The open development environment's simple APIs deliver extensible flexibility with a unique clustering technology for 99.999% uptime for the most demanding application environments.

The company is a trusted and financially stable vendor, maintaining the highest customer satisfaction levels in the Unified Communications industry with over 175 members in its partner network worldwide.

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