Internet Networking

June 2002
By Sharon Berry

Telecommunications gurus join forces to take emergency preparedness into the cyberdomain.

Communication is the lifeline during crises, and as the world transforms its communications backbone from traditional telephony to voice over the Internet, a movement is underway to expand priority services to the Internet. Many countries already have telephony priority access capabilities in place to expedite emergency services and recovery operations, and they are using these capabilities as a starting point.

June 2002
By Robert Fish

High-speed communications call for multi layered protection.

June 2002
By Henry S. Kenyon

Voice XML standard ready for mainstream use.

A voice-recognition protocol may be on the verge of widespread market acceptance. Developed by a consortium of major telecommunications and technology firms, the standard creates a set of programming rules that can be easily incorporated into existing telephone and wireless networks.