SOURCE: Empirix Inc.

September 12, 2006 08:05 ET

Empirix Strengthens VoIP Monitoring Solution With New Features for IMS Networks

Hammer XMS Carrier-Class Monitoring System Also Provides Improved Media Quality Analysis

BOSTON, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 12, 2006 -- FROM FALL VON - BOOTH # 949 -- From Fall VON 2006, Empirix® Inc., which helps organizations adopt complex communications solutions with confidence, announced that the latest release of its carrier-class monitoring solution, Hammer XMS 1.6, is the first to offer capabilities for monitoring IMS as well as VoIP networks.

Empirix added IMS monitoring features to Hammer XMS -- named 2006 VoIP Product of the Year by Frost & Sullivan -- at the request of carriers who are preparing to transition to this new network architecture and vendor partners using Hammer IMS test gear in their labs. While IMS provides distinct advantages by disassociating the call control, transport and access domains, it also has the potential to increase the messaging and complexity of service deployment. To meet these monitoring challenges, Hammer XMS features new protocol decodes and enhanced correlation, analysis, and reporting capabilities for services in an IMS-enabled network.

Specifically, new Hammer XMS features for IMS monitoring include:

--  Ability to decode, analyze and correlate Diameter messages;
--  Ability to decode Internet Protocol Security (IPSec) headers messages;
--  Ability to decode, correlate and report based upon SIP Extensions for
In addition, Empirix has extended its leadership position in media quality capabilities with the following enhancements:
--  New Media Reporting Probe, giving service providers a cost-effective
    way to address locations where they need only to monitor media (voice)
--  A continuous VQ Analysis application, providing a graphical
    representation of voice quality at every point in the call, rather than
    minimum, maximum and average voice quality statistics per call;
--  Support for Dynamic Payload Codecs, G.726 and Internet and Low Bit
    Rate Codec (ILBC); and
--  Triple the number of simultaneous calls for RTP capture and playback.
"Our seventh release of the product in two years both shores up our current strengths and sets a new direction," said Empirix Vice President Phil Odence, who leads the company's VoIP and IMS monitoring business. "Hammer XMS continues to reach new heights with media analysis while competitors struggle to offer the most basic capability. Migrating VoIP networks to IMS will be the issue for the industry, and we are on the cutting edge of helping manage that critical transition."

Hammer XMS continues to draw accolades not only from customers, but also from press and analysts. In addition to being named 2006 VoIP Product of the Year by Frost & Sullivan, it has also won Product of the Year awards from Communications Solutions Magazine and Internet Telephony Magazine. Yesterday, Empirix announced that Frost & Sullivan has named it the market share leader for IMS voice testing and monitoring.

See Hammer XMS 1.6 at Fall VON 2006

Hammer XMS 1.6 will be available in November 2006 and will be publicly demonstrated for the first time at the Fall VON 2006 conference, Empirix Booth #949. For more information, stop by the booth, call 1-866-EMPIRIX or visit

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Empirix helps organizations adopt complex communications solutions with confidence. We combine the industry's deepest knowledge of telecommunications and self-service applications with award-winning testing and monitoring solutions to ensure our customers realize the promise of their technology investments. Empirix is the only company with expertise that spans the evolution of these advanced technologies across multiple markets -- from testing in R&D labs through monitoring the end-user experience. For over a decade, thousands of quality-conscious network equipment manufacturers, service providers and enterprises worldwide have trusted Empirix to reduce the time and cost of integrating new technologies into existing environments. Visit

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