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Watch a 17-min Product Manager Overview of the New Cisco Unified Communications Gateway Services API


We are pleased to announce the new Cisco Unified Communications Gateway Services API.  More information about the API is below. As a community exclusive, the Cisco UC Gateway Services API product manager, John Vickroy, recorded a 17-minute overview through Cisco WebEx Meeting Center. I encourage you to watch it now for a great introduction to this solution:

[Side note: Let us know what you think of this type of overview.  Do you find it helpful and want to see more of these types of quick updates from our product teams?]


Announcement Press Release

As IT managers look for ways to thwart voice fraud and other types of malicious activity, Cisco today announced the Cisco® UC Gateway Services API, a Web-based application programming interface (API) that could play a direct role in helping organizations deal with this problem. The API opens up the enterprise voice network edge to enable more voice services on the Cisco Integrated Services Router Generation 2 (ISR G2) router. 

The Cisco UC Gateway Services API gives customers and partners easy access to call information—both signaling and media—at the network edge.  This information can be used to detect and thwart malicious activity, including but not limited to: social engineering and identity-theft scams, contact center account takeover fraud, unauthorized network access and service use, and even the telephony denial of service (TDOS) attacks that are often launched to divert attention while cyber-thieves drain bank accounts of cash or steal customer data from contact centers. Once malicious activity is detected, the Cisco UC Gateway Services API allows applications to apply appropriate policy action by the Cisco voice gateway, such as call termination, call redirection or call forking (for recording).

This advancement is important as global telecom fraud losses are estimated to be $40 billion annually, according to the Communications Fraud Control Association (CFCA) Telecom 2011 survey.

The Cisco UC Gateway Services API is supported on the Cisco ISR G2 with the Cisco Unified Border Element (CUBE) for SIP trunks and Cisco TDM Gateways for TDM trunks, both of which provide voice connectivity to the service provider.  Therefore, the services enabled by this API can be extended across all voice gateways throughout the enterprise on a global basis to achieve dramatic improvement in control of the edge of the voice network no matter what technology the enterprise uses for voice connectivity.

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