Packetizer

Paul E. Jones

I work in the field of IP-based real-time multimedia communications, which includes of voice, video, and data conferencing. Other names these technologies are called are "unified communications", "collaborations", VoIP, and videoconferencing.

I'm employed with Cisco, working in the Office of the CTO for the Collaboration Technology Group. In that role, I've been fortunate to help lead the industry in bringing a lot of new, cool technologies to market. I've been with Cisco for a number of years, but it never gets boring. There is always something new to learn, something new to invent, and always an opportunity to change the world.

I've worked on various signaling systems, including H.323 and SIP, quality of service (QoS), instant messaging and presence, web-based communications (e.g., WebRTC and proprietary signaling), cloud-based conferencing (e.g., Cisco Spark), security (encryption and authentication, specifically) of media flows, and more.

In addition to product development activities, I've also been involved in the creation of industry standards. I have engaged in work in a number of standards organizations and supporting organizations, including the ITU, IETF, ETSI, IMTC, H.323 Forum, SIP Forum, TIA, and ATIS.

I previously served as the editor of Recommendation ITU-T H.323 and currently serve as vice-chair of ITU-T SG16, Chair of WP1/16 (multimedia systems), and chair of the group working on H.323 and next-generation systems. I am also actively involved in the IETF working on enhancing media security for multipoint voice and videoconferencing for traditional and WebRTC endpoints.

My interests and work have not been strictly limited to multimedia communications, though. I also work on web-based technologies, including REST, SOAP, JSON, and XML. I also do software and systems security-related work, including hashing algorithms, encryption, and secure cloud storage, producing such things as AES Crypt, Pug, Single Pass, an implementation of SHA-1, an implementation of OpenID, and a cloud-based file storage system called Hive. I also enjoy desktop publishing, web design, computer graphics, and computer algorithms. There are far more technology areas that interest me than I would ever have time to fully explore.

I previously worked in the healthcare industry developing a patient admission system, medical billing system, patient scheduling system, etc. That was quite a long time ago, but it's amazing to see work in that area now benefiting from the work I do today.

I also co-founded Packetizer, which is a place where people with similar interests can go to share information related to information technologies. It has proven to be an excellent vehicle through which we can share up-to-date information on various standards, provide development tips, etc. Packetizer also provides email list services in support of various industry initiatives and standards.

I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to speak at a number of industry events, including ones sponsored by the IMTC, UpperSide, VON, FCC, TDI, H.323 Forum, ViDe, and the ITU. I have had articles published or been interviewed for articles in numerous publications, including Internet Telephony, CPMNet Asia, ComputerWorld China, ComputerWorld Hong Kong, Telecom Asia, Voice and Data, and Light Reading.

I enjoy taking walks through cities in various countries I visit. So far, I've had the opportunity to visit Australia, Austria, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Belgium, Brazil, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Norway, Singapore, South Korea, and Switzerland. I've met a world full of great people and have seen a lot of interesting places. The world is so full of interesting people and cultures, but I have also observed that people are very similar no matter where you go in the world. I am constantly amazed at how similar we all are in our hopes, dreams, and ideals. Perhaps one day the artificial curtain that seems to divide us will disappear.

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