Latitude Taps NMS Communications for Foundation Technology
FRAMINGHAM, MA - NMS Communications (NASDAQ: NMSS), a supplier of technology for networks, has been chosen by Latitude Communications (NASDAQ: LATD), a provider of integrated, secure web and voice conferencing solutions, to provide the foundation technology for the company's MeetingPlace M3 platform. With the help of NMS' carrier-grade media platform, MeetingPlace M3 delivers more scalability and enterprise-grade IP and PSTN conferencing capabilities. Using NMS' Convergence Generation (CG) 6000 series, Latitude now offers carrier-grade density and unmatched capacity for voice and web conferencing. NMS' DSP architecture also delivers an open development environment, built-in scalability and increased processing power. MeetingPlace is an integrated voice and web conferencing solution that allows users to collaborate in real time. MeetingPlace leverages an organization's infrastructure and through standards-based support, fits into the enterprise, enabling people to share and edit live documents to work together from any location. MeetingPlace integrates with standard groupware applications such as Microsoft Outlook and Lotus Notes. Demand for voice and web conferencing capabilities are on the rise due to the high costs and increasing amount of time that travel takes to follow evolving security procedures. IDC predicts that this demand will only get stronger, and forecasts that the data/web/groupware conferencing and e-learning market will grow to $13.7 billion in 2005. "NMS' superior technology and integrity continue to make them a strong partner for MeetingPlace," said Dave Bieselin, vice president of product development for Latitude. "The increasing need among enterprises for a robust, reliable virtual meeting solution has led us to make the technology behind our solution a priority. NMS' engineering expertise and hardware flexibility put them at the forefront in meeting our requirements, and more important, those of our customers." "We can speak first hand to the high caliber solution that Latitude delivers. MeetingPlace has been our conferencing solution of choice for four years now," said Michael Welles, vice president and general manager of NMS' Platforms business. "We are delighted to provide technology that helps drive this robust conferencing solution, and view Latitude's selection as a testament to the best-of-breed nature of our IP media platform. We look forward to working with Latitude on future developments."