SIP…Not Just for VOIP Application

SIP InfrastructureSession initiation protocol or SIP, is a signaling protocol that allows the initiation of various types of electronic media, data and voice transfers. If you’ve ever even heard of SIP, you probably have discovered it in the context of voice over IP or VOIP. Though SIP is essentially the underlying protocol that is used to make VOIP phone calls, there are a number of other applications that utilize the technology of SIP to function properly.

Originally created by Mark Handley and Henning Schulzrinne in 1996, the SIP protocol was intended to be used for starting, modifying and ending two or multiple-party media stream sessions. It utilizes a lot of similar elements of the hypertext transfer protocol (http) in that it employs text-based functions to carry out events.

The creation of SIP has sparked a number of different applications that can be utilized by individuals and companies in order to increase productivity and reduce communication costs. Some of these include:

  • VOIP: voice over IP is one of the most popular applications utilizing the SIP protocol. voice over IP allows a business to integrate all of the company’s phone calls over the internet. Usually, a VOIP provider will offer a call package where the company can place as many outbound calls and receive as many incoming calls as they want at a flat monthly rate. Having no “per-minute” charges can dramatically reduce the company’s overhead by limiting phone fees.
  • Video Conferencing: with the rise in businesses that have many employees working remotely or from home, the need for video conferencing software has increased dramatically. SIP makes video conferencing possible by allowing for media transfer between two or more people via one or more media streams. SIP allows you to invite more participants and add or delete media streams.
  • Streaming Multimedia Distribution: The ability to observe what is going on in a remote location without having to actually be there is invaluable for many types of business. You would be surprised at how many obscure uses you can think of for this. I even know a wedding singer who offers video streaming for his clients so that guests who can’t make it to the wedding ceremony can still be a part of the event. SIP is what makes video streaming possible.
  • Instant Messaging: since the days of msn and aol, instant messaging has been a part of our daily lives. The ability to type in a quick text message and have someone from across the globe instantly view it is magic if you think about it. That “magic” is what is referred to as Session Initiation Protocol (SIP:).
  • Online Games: How could we forget this application. Video games have virtually exploded in popularity since the advent of online multi-player capabilities. Some may wish to have this capability exterminated strictly on the premise of getting their son or daughter out of the basement. However, it’s not just Halo and Counterstrike that would take a tumble without SIP. Think of your beloved session of “Words with Friends” that would suffer!

Whether you’re an avid online gamer or a fortune 500 company, your dependence on Session Initiation Protocol is inevitable. However, if you are a business that is just hearing about or considering implementing some of these capabilities in an attempt to increase productivity and reduce costs, you’ll want to hire someone who truly understands the mechanics behind what will be running your “money saving applications”. If you’re looking for networking services in Gilbert Arizona, Give M5 Networking a call today for a FREE estimate! (480) 664-0802.