Avaya unveils Flare Communicator for Apple's iPad


With Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL)'s iPad continuing to see aggressive adoption by enterprises, it has been no surprise to see UC vendors scramble to get their platforms connected to the device. Add Avaya as the latest entry.

The company has rolled out a secure, next-gen unified communications solution for use on the iPad.

Avaya's Flare Communicator for iPad tablets, which works over either Wi-Fi or 3G networks, extends the Flare Experience currently delivered on the Avaya Desktop Video Device, to include the popular tablet. The free app is currently available for download in Apple's App Store, and Avaya promises it will be rolling out apps for other mobile devices later in 2012.

With the new app, users will be able to view the availability of enterprise associates from the contacts card, launch an instant message, voice call or email with a single tap. It also enables users to manage two simultaneous voice calls while mobile, multi-task on the iPad and access and add contacts to a corporate directory.

Customers with Avaya Aura 6.1 or later can add up to 50 Avaya Aura client access licenses at no cost to connect users to Flare Communicator during an introductory offer through April 30.

Pew Research Center this week said tablet ownership in the U.S. had grown by some 19 percent over the past several weeks, nearly doubling from 10 percent just prior to Christmas. In the September quarter, Apple sold 11.2 million tablets and indications are that Apple will report some 13 million sold last quarter.

Avaya earlier this month introduced a mobile UC app for the Android OS that enables enterprises to use Avaya's IP Office 8.0, including the ability to invite, view, mute and drop participants during a conference call.

The app lets users display their availability and show specific times of availability based on a user's Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) Outlook calendar. The app also includes instant messaging, a geopresence display that lets users display their location and visual voicemail.

One-X Mobile Preferred for IP Office builds on Avaya's existing Essential Mobility solution for IP Office, which extends voice capabilities such as one number access and call control.

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