Phone.com, a provider of cloud-based phone services, and LiftMaster, a subsidiary of the Chamberlin Group and one of the leading suppliers of gated community access systems in the USA, announced an extension of their agreement for the incorporation of Phone.com Voice over Internet (VoIP) services into LiftMaster’s “next generation” solutions, eliminating the need for a costly analog telephone line at each installation. This represents an innovative step towards the Internet of Things (IoT) where devices and people can be seamlessly interconnected.
The two organizations have been collaborating since 2013 on the development, testing, and deployment of the IPAC (Internet Protocol Access Controller). On Wednesday January 27th at 1:30 PM, LiftMaster will join Phone.com at the IT Expo conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida to discuss “Expanding Horizons – Innovative Uses for Cloud-based Telephony.”
Ari Rabban, CEO of Phone.com, commented, “As one of the more highly-regarded VoIP providers, Phone.com recognized the need to offer voice communications services in a variety of ways, including those now included in the “Internet of Things (IoT)” concept. The relationship with LiftMaster has allowed Phone.com to expand the scope of our offerings and how we view emerging marketplaces. This relationship has proven to be rewarding and we look forward to continually enhancing it.”
Simply stated, IoT is the concept that anything and everything can be connected at some level. Research firm Gartner has projected that, by 2020, there will be more than 20 billion devices connected via the Internet. Interactions will be available via people to people, people to things, or even things to things.
As voice communications continues to evolve as part of IoT, more and more applications that were previously considered as stand-alone, like gate access, garage access, elevator phones, and alarm services, will move into the Internet of Things. LiftMaster and Phone.com have joined together to continue moving forward with this evolution!