SIP Analog Modem Server (SAMS)

Modems in the cloud are now a reality.  The VOCAL SAMS is a solution for inter-operating with legacy modems without the need for modem banks with E1/T1 connections. VOCALs SAMS provides an analog data modem replacement that is designed to run over modern Voice over IP networks and operate within cloud environments.

Cloud Modem Migration Path

The ever more rapid advancement and adaptation of new technologies has left a gap in legacy communications systems.  E1/T1 lines are increasingly being replaced by Ethernet based VoIP systems, companies are often left with modem-based technology that can no longer work within the new infrastructure, but remain necessary for daily business.  Even when traditional ISDN and POTS lines remain available (often at a premium) Remote Access Server (RAS) equipment like the AS5350 has reached End of Support from Original Equipment Manufacturers and these vital business systems are left in a state where failure is imminent and quick repair or replacement are no longer options.  This can happen with servers interacting with point-of-sale devices, meters, alarm systems / security panels and numerous industrial controllers. Countless M2M applications rely on data modems to accomplish their task.  VOCAL has a number of solutions to allow these applications to adapt to the changing infrastructure.

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The VOCAL SIP Analog Modem Server, or SAMS is the centerpiece of these solutions. This Virtual Modem Server allows a business to deploy a server in the cloud, which can work with the modern VoIP phone network infrastructure based on SIP and RTP, instead of necessitating T1/E1 lines to connect to the PSTN.  The Virtual Modem server contains true soft-modems, not just an AT command set on a TCP socket pretending to be a modem.  This allows the server to connect to true voice band modems deployed on the PSTN, and thus does not require installation of additional equipment on the far end of the system.  SAMS provides a true Modem over IP (MoIP) solution.  VOCAL has server configurations supporting a broad range of modems. And because VOCAL has supplied the modem code for the RAS servers of the analog telephony world, you know that the modems are industrial grade.

VOCALs SAMS incorporates many proprietary techniques to bolster reliable modem connections over packet switched VoIP networks. These improvements are only possible by building on decades of experience in designing and engineering solutions in both the Data Modem and Voice Over IP industries. SAMS software modem server approach proves to be a one-of-a-kind solution extending the operational lifetime of critical M2M and field data devices. As companies are managing their transition to IoT centric solutions, SAMS provides a seamless and immediate flexibility to bridge the technology gap with traditional dial-up modem deployments.

VOCAL servers come in a variety of configurations which cover the full range of ITU V-series modems as well as many other industry standard modulations.  The server is controlled by industry standard AT commands via standard tty nodes and com ports in the server filesystem – just as if it were a box-modem on a serial connection.  This allows it to easily fit into currently existing systems. Many other configurations and methods of control are available in order to flexibly meet the needs of already deployed infrastructure and applications. In addition, VOCAL can customize or build to suit, in order to meet very specific system requirements.

VOCAL’s SAMS software is a great replacement for end-of-life modem products including Cisco’s Access Servers (2500 series, AS5350),
Cisco PVDM Digital Modem Modules (PVDM2-12DM, PVDM2-24DM, PVDM2-36DM), modem server banks, and groups of individual hardware modems.

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Additional Options

VOCAL offers additions to the SAMS package that provide features and functionality that may be applicable to specific environments including:

Customization

The fully software-based architecture utilized by SAMS combined with decades of experience with data modems and
telecommunications means that VOCAL can customize interfaces and functionality as required by specialized applications, such as alarm panels.

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