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With the addition of some middleware and a softswitch, Thomson said it can now offer carriers all the major components of a scalable, integrated, IP-based system that can deliver voice, video, and data services.

Thomson's system is based on its SmartVision IPTV middleware and Cirpack VoIP softswitch, both of which were designed to support a migration to IMS. These are integrated with video headend equipment from the company's Grass Valley operation and Thomson's home gateways and set-top boxes.

Because the IPTV middleware and softswitch are so tightly integrated, Thomson said, it will be easy for a service provider to operate all phone features on the TV screen with the TV's remote control.

TV features such as picture in picture, video-on-demand, networked personal video recording and the ability to pause and resume live broadcasts are advanced.

The Thomson system incorporates a number of open interfaces the company said will allow its systems to integrate with service providers' other service platforms for voice mail, video mail, and e-mail.

The company said the same core network platforms can also manage mobile devices for telephony, such as dual mode Wi-Fi/GSM phones and mobile video devices.

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