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AMX Harnesses VoIP Technology to Add Telephony to Its Control Systems

AMSTERDAM – Jan. 29, 2008 – Today, AMX® announced that it is using Voice over IP (VoIP) technology to add telephone functionality to its control systems. The company‘s new SIP Communications Gateways harness the power of standards-based Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology to extend the features and functionality of an AMX Control System beyond traditional device and environmental control to also include two-way telephony. AMX is demonstrating its SIP Communications Gateways in AMX booth C62 at Integrated Systems Europe, being held in Amsterdam Jan. 29 – 31.

When combined with an AMX Control System, the SIP Communications Gateways enable new applications that will provide greater flexibility and accessibility for homeowners and businesses. For example:

* They will add full-featured IP phone and/or building intercom functionality to the company‘s VoIP intercom-enabled Modero® Touch Panels, which provide enhanced G.711 telephone-voice-quality sound (70 dB SPL @ 1 meter).

* When used in conjunction with the company‘s new Metreau™ Entry Communicator – a VoIP-enabled door communication and entry system providing two-way voice communication from a door or gate to a Modero Touch Panel – homeowners will be able to speak in real time with visitors at their front door from any telephone anywhere in the world.

* For the high-rise condominium market, residents will be able to use their VoIP intercom-enabled Modero Touch Panels to keep in touch with other residents, as well as building staff.

“The new SIP Communications Gateways are the next step in AMX‘s VoIP strategy, which began with our VoIP intercom-enabled Modero Touch Panels and was followed by the launch of our Metreau Entry Communicator line,” said Robert Noble, AMX chief technology officer. “With those pieces in place, the time is right for AMX to extend our VoIP portfolio to include infrastructure components that bridge the digital divide to make life even easier and more convenient for users of AMX Control Systems.”

The SIP Communications Gateways deliver full PBX (Private Branch Exchange) functionality – including voicemail, call waiting and call forwarding – to any residence or small-to-medium sized business. The gateways also provide telephone access via VoIP or access directly to PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network) phone lines using any SIP-compliant, VoIP-to-PSTN Gateway or VoIP service provider.

The SIP Communications Gateways add telephony to AMX‘s full line of intercom-enabled Modero Touch Panels and Metreau Entry Communicators, as well as any SIP phone. Each gateway supports up to 50 users and 25 concurrent calls. They are available in the following varieties:

* Gateway 500 – VoIP phone and intercom system

* Gateway 544 – VoIP phone and intercom system plus four external PSTN lines and four standard phone jacks (North America)

* Gateway 580 – VoIP phone and intercom system plus eight PSTN lines (North America)

Availability
The new SIP Communications Gateways will be available in March 2008.

About AMX
AMX hardware and software solutions simplify the way people interact with technology. With the increasing number of technologies and operating platforms at work and home, AMX solves the complexity of managing this technology with reliable, consistent and scalable systems. Our award-winning products span control and automation, switching, distributed audio and video, and technology management. They are implemented worldwide in conference rooms, homes, classrooms, network operation / command centers, hotels, entertainment venues, broadcast facilities, among others.

AMX was founded in 1982 and is a member of the Duchossois Group of Companies. For more information, visit www.amx.com.

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