NetDev Launches the Conference Controller Widget for the iPhone

NetDev has announced a new widget for the iPhone that allows users to manage enterprise conferencing sessions from their iPhone. In the near future, the Conference Controller widget will also be made available for other brands of smartphone.

"Audio conferencing is a critical business application, but in today's mobile world people want to manage their conference sessions with more convenience, not just from their desk phone, but also from their iPhone or smartphone", said John Logsdon, CEO of NetDev.

He added: "Smartphones have rapidly become must-have business tools and it seems natural to deliver a complementary application that allows users to control and manage their conference sessions directly from the handset. We chose the iPhone, but we plan to implement the widget for other popular brands in the near future".

Traditional conferencing solutions have required desktop-client software or dual-tone multifrequency (DTMF) 'touch tone' phone menus for manually controlling and managing conference calls, which had posed a challenge for mobile workers requiring access to enterprise conferencing capabilities.

However, users of NetDev's advanced CIE conferencing platform can use the Conference Controller widget to initiate, manage and terminate sessions from an intuitive application on their iPhone, which integrates seamlessly with their address books and the conferencing server. Participants can simply be invited to, or removed from a session using the iPhone's touch screen.

The new widget provides an alternative to desktop-client software or traditional DTMF menu-driven options that can present challenges for the mobile worker. With NetDev's solution, deployed by major carriers around the world, users of the CIE conferencing solution can simply download the widget to their iPhone or smartphone of choice.

Smartphone devices have experienced rapid sales growth globally, exceeding 12% in Q1 2009 alone, creating demand for integration between devices and applications. Cross platform integration and enhanced user experience is becoming critical to the enterprise. The NetDev conference control widget provides an elegant solution to the problem and promotes seamless enterprise integration.

NetDev's CIE Conferencing suite is available for immediate deployment with service providers offering hosted services to enterprises and other partners. It includes a comprehensive RESTful web services API, allowing service providers to offer simple, cost-effective mashup capabilities to their partners and customers.

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