Hargray gets the message
Hargray Communications, an independent telco based in Hilton Head, S.C., has deployed a TV-based caller ID application from Integra5 Communications.
Hargray is offering Integra5's "UniTV Visual Telephony" platform to its digital cable and telephony customers. Comporium Communications is the only other service provider to announce a deployment with Integra5.
Integra5's network-based application, which does not require new customer-side equipment, automatically displays the name and telephone number of the person calling on the television screen about a second before the phone rings. Integra5's platform is also capable of displaying call history and modifying how long the TV caller ID message appears on-screen.
Integra5 has also added some new enhancements to the 2.0 version of the UniTV platform, including integration of cellular telephony support, enhanced call history logs that note if calls were answered or missed, a call management system for PCs, and a personalized caller ID application that enables users to include a picture, special name or background with specific phone numbers.
Integra5 is just one of a number of companies working on or deploying TV-based messaging applications. At the 2004 National Show, Sprint Corp., for example, showed off an OCAP-based unified messaging application running on a Scientific-Atlanta set-top.