National Geographic : 1987 Sep
ou probably don't Think of a piece of cardboard as a high technology peripheral. But this simple AT&T cardboard tem plate helps release the considerable com puter power latent in a common telephone. Because behind every telephone is not just communications technology but com puter technology as well. In fact, the people at AT&T Bell Labora tories are merging these technologies so that voice and data can share the same networks. One example of their success is AT&T Unified Messaging (which employs the cardboard template shown). This allows businesses to...well, unify all their data and voice communi- cations. And not just between AT&T phones and AT&T computers. It welcomes all denom inations. The result is that you don't have to be at the PC in your office to get your electronic mail. With AT&T Unified Messaging, you can also access your mail from any phone anywhere. Asynthesized voice Suddenly there are 250 million more computers inAmerica. reads it to you. Now that voice and data can share the same networks, information is more accessible, more usable and, therefore, more valuable than ever before. You see, data net works not only move information instantly they can also interpret, rearrange itand apply it in the most useful way All automatically And though the benefits of data net working are still fairly new,people every where already take them for granted. Automatic bank tellers, the new flexible investment accounts and just-in time manufacturing are only a few exam ples. The potential is tremendous. And as phones grow more powerful and computers grow more sociable, the benefits to all of us will grow only more abundant. For more informa tion call 1-800 247-1212 Ext. 621. AT&T The right choice.