Emerson Development LLC has been awarded a fifth telecommunications patent that introduces breakthrough technology combining the multimedia capability of the Internet with the safety, security, and reliability of the phone network. This exciting new technology enables a world in which audio/visual phone calls will become the standard for routine, daily communications. The Emerson Development MultiMedia Telecommunications technologies will create the next generation of telecommunications -- visual, multimedia, and videophone communications on screen-based phones that require no knowledge or training for users. Just dial a phone number.
This remarkable MultiMedia Telephony technology is a true quantum leap that will fully merge the telecommunications and Internet networks. The benefit will be MultiMedia telephone communications having graphical and videophone capabilities on screen phones, yet dialed on the public telephone network like any other call, and fully compatible with the world’s billion POTS lines (POTS = Plain Old Telephone Service).
The “convergence” of voice and data has been the elusive goal of the telecommunications industry since the mid-80’s, hallmarked by the introduction of digital PBXs, digital telco central office switching systems, and digital transmission networks. But conversion hasn’t happened, and can’t happen without a rethinking of these “digital” designs.
On the opposite side of the fence, the Internet is slowly bringing about a limited type of convergence in the form of Internet Telephony, also called Voice over IP (VoIP). VoIP is, in general, devoted to providing cheaper long distance service by using the Internet as a transport medium.
There are standards efforts that have been underway for a few years with the objective of providing greater VoIP functionality. And, even though they seem to hold out the promise of graphical and video communications, they miss the mark by wide margins for a number of serious technical reasons.
By comparison, the Emerson Development MultiMedia Telecommunications provides the carrier class infrastructure, operations, management, and billing capabilities that will be absolutely necessary for the major telecommunications companies throughout the world to venture into this field. These mandatory capabilities include requirements for security, privacy, secrecy of communications, and unlisted numbers, including the guaranteed ability to keep the identities of callers secret under every circumstance imaginable. And just as importantly, MultiMedia Telecommunications provides for these privacy and security requirements while still enabling government mandated provisions for law enforcement wiretapping and call tracing.
Twenty years ago, when Microsoft was introducing the early versions of Windows, the computer industry as a whole was skeptical – why do we need a graphical user interface? In the absence of applications and systems that we could experience for ourselves, it was difficult to imagine how a Windows interface would add value. Now, of course, we are all accustomed to the rich, multimedia presentation of the Internet, and couldn’t imagine going back to a text-based interface.
The world of telephony is where the computer industry was twenty years ago. The routine experience consists of audio-only phone calls, and it’s hard to imagine the value and benefits of screen-based phones and services. Emerson Development has prepared presentation material that describes some of the potentials that multimedia telephony will offer – but to be sure, once it becomes commonplace, and a million developers have tinkered with it, we won’t be able to imagine doing without it.
Emerson Development is not the only one in the industry talking about multimedia telephony, but our view is more expansive than most. We believe that, over time, audio-only phones will be as archaic as DOS-based computers. Furthermore, our unique patented technology will enable anyone to take advantage of multimedia phone service since the user only needs to know how to dial a phone call. That fact will enable and drive universal deployment of multimedia services. It will become the Internet for the rest of us – just dial a number.
The Issues of VoIP, SIP, and ENUM: The standard industry concept of implementing multimedia telephony is to deploy VoIP (Internet telephony) using SIP and ENUM. There is some practical experience with SIP, but ENUM, in general, is an unknown.
There are many advocates of Internet telephony, but we believe that VoIP, SIP, and ENUM are fundamentally flawed. These technology solutions expose the industry and the nation to serious and unnecessary risks, while compromising the quality of our nation’s phone service.
These risks fall into two categories: communications security risks, and business risks for telephone carriers.
The entire worldwide DNS system was brought to its knees by hackers multiple times in recent years.
“Massive DDoS Attack Hit DNS Root Servers -- During the course of the ping-flood pounding, only four of 13 root servers remained up and running while seven were completely crippled….. Tuesday evening's distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on the 13 copies of the U.S. root server should serve as a warning to every company employing DNS, said the inventor of the technology Wednesday.” InternetNews.Com Oct. 23, 2002.
A similar attack June 15, 2004 brought down Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, Fedex, Apple, Akamai, and many others.
And more recently: “ICAAN says that starting at 4 a.m. PST (12:00 UTC) on February 6, 2007, a massive distributed denial-of-service attack hit six of the root servers like a brick wall, with a wave of bogus queries hitting the root servers at the rate of 1GB per second. Two of the root servers were immediately and severely compromised; four fared well under the strain. According to ICAAN, the amount of data sent to the DNS root servers during the attack was roughly equivalent to receiving 13,000 e-mails every second, or 1.5 million every two minutes.” CNet.com March 23, 2007
Telephone carriers stand to benefit from this new technology because it preserves their business position by providing high value in the PSTN and in the underlying private SS7 network that connects the PSTN together.
Traditional telephone carriers, as well as VoIP vendors that participate in this new technology, will benefit by offering new high value consumer services instead of competing by cutting prices.
Consumers will benefit from a flourish of new MultiMedia features. The experience will be similar to accessing a web page with a browser, but would be done by dialing a phone number.
Industry and governments will benefit from a rich communications environment that is secure from espionage, hacking, intrusion, and interruption.