Road warriors get local four-way messaging system

Auckland-based Unified Communications has developed a product that delivers email, voicemail, fax and SMS messages to a single interface.

Auckland-based Unified Communications has developed a product that delivers email, voicemail, fax and SMS messages to a single interface.

Company head Norman Holtzhausen claims a first for Communicato, saying he is only aware of other products that offer some of the messaging methods, but not all in a single device.

Others, like Bloodhound, provide a service that combines phone, fax and email.

Holtzhausen says his firm aims to sell the system to telcos and ISPs, but the main users will be businesses with a dispersed workforce who need to be sent messages regardless of the form in which they arrive.

Communicato is essentially a software solution, he says, based around telephony, with hardware supplied by Albany-based DesignCom. It operates under Windows 2000 and can support from 250 to 120,000 voice messages or faxes per hour.

The system was developed in Auckland, with work starting on it last September involving five permanent Unified staff, plus several contractors. Development was helped with a $18,408 Enterprise award from the Ministry of Economic Development.

Holtzhausen says Communicato is ready to go to market now and the firm has just won its first implementation in Australia, though he cannot divulge the name of the client as the contract is not yet signed.

He hopes to sign a deal soon with a New Zealand-based telco but the firm’s main target market is the Asia-Pacific, starting with the Chinese-speaking countries. Unified Communications already has an office in Taiwan. The product will be sold through local resellers and integrators.

Unified Communications was formed in November. It is owned by Auckland-based software house Software Consultants and Jungle Drum, the development division of US-based Bulletin.

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