IPC® has a heritage of innovation that continues to run strong in our DNA today. Over the course of more than three decades we have brought many technological “firsts” to global financial trading markets. Some of these were big ideas that advanced the state-of-the-art in trading communications. Many, though, were small – the kind of every day nuances that often go unnoticed but that, cumulatively, have built our reputation for delivering trading systems and services with the highest quality, availability and resiliency.


  • 2014 • 2014
  • • 2013

    IPC announces Blue Wave

    Blue Wave opens the power of application development within the Unigy solution, supporting the most comprehensive applications architecture in a trading communications system, available today

    Managed Services launches

  • • 2012

    Apple® iPad® Integration Unveiled

    Delivers hoot and intercom to Apple® iPad® users through the Unigy platform

    IPC Announces Unigy Pulse

    Unigy Pulse, the new compact hoot and intercom device from IPC, is “built from the ground up” to give middle and back office staff quick connectivity to the trading floor.

  • • 2011

    IPC Offers Direct Connect

    IPC’s global connectivity solution, Direct Connect, provides secure, low-latency managed network services

    IPC Unveils Latest Innovation - IQ/Max Edge

    Now, traders at buy side firms – or anyone desiring a cutting-edge, yet value-minded turret – can have the same competitive advantages of IPC’s award-winning and industry-leading IQ/MAX with our latest innovation – IQ/MAX Edge

    IPC Introduces Connexus

    Connexus™ is all about quickly and effectively connecting to your global trading community to increase the flexibility and profitability of your business.

    IPC Announces New Product Called Unigy

    First unified trading communications and applications platform focused not just on the trader, but on users across the trade life cycle.

  • 2010 • 2010
  • • 2009

    IPC Offers New Service

    IPC® offers the first ever end-to-end Internet Protocol (IP) private line delivery all the way from a dealerboard/turret into a network service, using a unique combination of IPC Network Services and Trading Systems solutions. The offering is enabled when SIP-based manual ring-down connectivity and integration into the Alliance MX switch are added to IPC’s Enhanced Voices Services (EVS) through the introduction of SIP-X cards for the Alliance MX.

    IPC introduces Alliance Express

    IPC introduces Alliance Express for small and mid-sized firms, bundling together a fully realized but smaller-footprint Alliance MX switch (maximum 32 trading positions) with IPC Network Services connectivity, including the IPC Financial Extranet.

  • • 2008

    MAXaccess 1000®

    MAXaccess 1000® launches, enabling traders to access their home-office turret configurations, private lines and even speaker channels using any PC with an Internet connection and a phone. It is IPC’s second-generation browser-based soft turret.

    IPC debuts Nexus Suite™

    IPC debuts Nexus Suite™, the first comprehensive set of SIP-based integrated connectivity applications between trading communications systems and PBXs. The suite includes: • Nexus Enterprise Reach – SIP-based delivery of Alliance MX private lines to phones attached to any SIP-based PBX. • Nexus Enterprise Lines – extends SIP-based line sharing to any enterprise site; enables any line coming into any enterprise site to be virtualized and shared throughout all enterprise sites. • Nexus System Interconnect – SIP-based sharing of PBX “dial-tone” lines and other functions to Alliance MX-based turrets.

  • • 2007

    IQ/IMPACT

    IQ/IMPACT, a workflow application that increases trader productivity by integrating information from enterprise CRM databases and the trader’s PC, is introduced.

  • • 2006

    IQ/MAX®

    IQ/MAX® – designed to feel like an extension of a trader’s mind and body – is introduced. IQ/MAX is designed by traders, for traders, and is IPC’s second-generation IP-based turret. Two years in development, IQ/MAX is a highly specialized, multi-line, multi-speaker communications device with full-color, high-resolution screens, more power, speed, clarity and control.

    IPC launches the first voice-over-IP recording system for trading environments

    IPC launches the first voice-over-IP recording system for trading environments. Using IPC’s Enterprise SIP Server, audio streams are proactively sent to the recording system in real time.

  • • 2005

    Enhanced Voice Services

    Enhanced Voice Services (EVS) debuts as the industry's first SIP-based private line service.

  • • 2004

    Enterprise Administration Server

    The debut of Enterprise Administration Server (EASe) introduces the concepts of thin-building and dual-data-center architectures for the Alliance MX platform, along with the ability to synchronize turrets in remote offices with a trader’s home-office desktop configuration. EASe thus significantly multiplies the number of possible Business Continuity Planning scenarios while at the same time enhancing trader mobility.

  • • 2003

    IPC Network Services Founded

    Enterprise Hoot

    IPC offers Enterprise Hoot/Intercom (EHI), the first PC-based application to allow seamless integration between PCs and IPC turrets for both Hoot (always-open audio broadcast channels) and Intercom (one-on-one direct lines to traders). EHI brings middle- and back-office specialists into the flow of trading communications.

  • • 2002

    IQMX Becomes The First Video-Enabled Turret

    IQMX becomes the first video-enabled turret, capable of displaying both streaming video and Computer Telephony Integration (CTI) application data, when IPC introduces the Applications Module for IQMX.

  • • 2001

    IQMX IP-Based Turret

    IPC presents the first IP-based turret, IQMX, enabling true convergence of a customer’s voice and data networks.

  • 2000 • 2000
  • • 1999

    Introducing the Alliance Integrated Recording

    The first tight integration between a trading system and a recording system, jointly developed by IPC and NICE, provides inherent failover in case of a recorder breakdown – without additional equipment previously required. The Alliance Integrated Recording solution (SCSA Recording) improves resiliency in a smaller footprint.

  • • 1998

    Alliance MX

    Alliance MX debuts as the world’s first premiere trading communications system with IP connectivity. In addition to the distributed mesh architecture introduced in Tradenet MX, the new Alliance uses SIP’s predecessor protocol, QSIG, to share lines and functions with PBX systems.

  • • 1997

    Slimline

    IPC introduces Slimline, the first free-standing turret (previous turrets were mounted in a desk cutout).

  • • 1996

    World Turret Launch

    IPC launches the first browser-based soft turret, the World Turret

  • • 1995
  • • 1994
  • • 1993
  • • 1992

    Distributed Digital Mesh Architecture

    With Tradenet MX IPC introduces the distributed digital mesh architecture that, with ongoing developments, remains the reliability and performance standard for trading turrets even today.

  • • 1991
  • 1990 • 1990
  • • 1989

    TradeNet

    IPC paves the way for future digital talkpaths with TradeNet, an update to the 5-year-old Series II.

  • • 1988
  • • 1987
  • • 1986
  • • 1985
  • • 1984

    Introduction of the
    Series II

    IPC introduces the Series II, featuring the first pagination with LED button labels to allow traders to have 600 buttons in a practical desktop footprint. This also was the first system to employ a computerized administration system. The Series II builds on the software control of the Exchangefone.

  • • 1983

    Exchangefone

    IPC introduces thin-wire software control to the trading floor via Exchangefone, special dual-user phones developed for open outcry exchanges; they are still in use in major exchanges. The Exchangefone also was the first system to employ digital technology to convey button presses/lamp status between the phone and the backroom. IPC is granted a patent for its dual talkpath with no cutoffs.

  • • 1982
  • • 1981
  • 1980 • 1980
  • • 1979
  • • 1978
  • • 1977
  • • 1976
  • • 1975
  • • 1974

    Series I

    The Series I from IPC becomes the first turret to use backroom relays to switch calls, rather than switching at the turret itself. This greatly improves reliability and substantially reduces wiring to the turret.

  • 1973 • 1973

    IPC is incorporated

    IPC is incorporated as Interconnect Planning Corporation.

2013

IPC announces Blue Wave

Blue Wave opens the power of application development within the Unigy solution, supporting the most comprehensive applications architecture in a trading communications system, available today


2013

Managed Services launches


2012

Apple® iPad® Integration Unveiled

Delivers hoot and intercom to Apple® iPad® users through the Unigy platform


2012

IPC Announces Unigy Pulse

Unigy Pulse, the new compact hoot and intercom device from IPC, is “built from the ground up” to give middle and back office staff quick connectivity to the trading floor.


2011

IPC Offers Direct Connect

IPC’s global connectivity solution, Direct Connect, provides secure, low-latency managed network services


2011

IPC Unveils Latest Innovation - IQ/Max Edge

Now, traders at buy side firms – or anyone desiring a cutting-edge, yet value-minded turret – can have the same competitive advantages of IPC’s award-winning and industry-leading IQ/MAX with our latest innovation – IQ/MAX Edge


2011

IPC Introduces Connexus

Connexus™ is all about quickly and effectively connecting to your global trading community to increase the flexibility and profitability of your business.


2011

IPC Announces New Product Called Unigy

First unified trading communications and applications platform focused not just on the trader, but on users across the trade life cycle.


2009

IPC Offers New Service

IPC® offers the first ever end-to-end Internet Protocol (IP) private line delivery all the way from a dealerboard/turret into a network service, using a unique combination of IPC Network Services and Trading Systems solutions. The offering is enabled when SIP-based manual ring-down connectivity and integration into the Alliance MX switch are added to IPC’s Enhanced Voices Services (EVS) through the introduction of SIP-X cards for the Alliance MX.


2009

IPC introduces Alliance Express

IPC introduces Alliance Express for small and mid-sized firms, bundling together a fully realized but smaller-footprint Alliance MX switch (maximum 32 trading positions) with IPC Network Services connectivity, including the IPC Financial Extranet.


2008

MAXaccess 1000®

MAXaccess 1000® launches, enabling traders to access their home-office turret configurations, private lines and even speaker channels using any PC with an Internet connection and a phone. It is IPC’s second-generation browser-based soft turret.


2008

IPC debuts Nexus Suite™

IPC debuts Nexus Suite™, the first comprehensive set of SIP-based integrated connectivity applications between trading communications systems and PBXs. The suite includes: • Nexus Enterprise Reach – SIP-based delivery of Alliance MX private lines to phones attached to any SIP-based PBX. • Nexus Enterprise Lines – extends SIP-based line sharing to any enterprise site; enables any line coming into any enterprise site to be virtualized and shared throughout all enterprise sites. • Nexus System Interconnect – SIP-based sharing of PBX “dial-tone” lines and other functions to Alliance MX-based turrets.


2007

IQ/IMPACT

IQ/IMPACT, a workflow application that increases trader productivity by integrating information from enterprise CRM databases and the trader’s PC, is introduced.


2006

IQ/MAX®

IQ/MAX® – designed to feel like an extension of a trader’s mind and body – is introduced. IQ/MAX is designed by traders, for traders, and is IPC’s second-generation IP-based turret. Two years in development, IQ/MAX is a highly specialized, multi-line, multi-speaker communications device with full-color, high-resolution screens, more power, speed, clarity and control.


2006

IPC launches the first voice-over-IP recording system for trading environments

IPC launches the first voice-over-IP recording system for trading environments. Using IPC’s Enterprise SIP Server, audio streams are proactively sent to the recording system in real time.


2005

Enhanced Voice Services

Enhanced Voice Services (EVS) debuts as the industry's first SIP-based private line service.


2004

Enterprise Administration Server

The debut of Enterprise Administration Server (EASe) introduces the concepts of thin-building and dual-data-center architectures for the Alliance MX platform, along with the ability to synchronize turrets in remote offices with a trader’s home-office desktop configuration. EASe thus significantly multiplies the number of possible Business Continuity Planning scenarios while at the same time enhancing trader mobility.


2003

IPC Network Services Founded


2003

Enterprise Hoot

IPC offers Enterprise Hoot/Intercom (EHI), the first PC-based application to allow seamless integration between PCs and IPC turrets for both Hoot (always-open audio broadcast channels) and Intercom (one-on-one direct lines to traders). EHI brings middle- and back-office specialists into the flow of trading communications.


2002

IQMX Becomes The First Video-Enabled Turret

IQMX becomes the first video-enabled turret, capable of displaying both streaming video and Computer Telephony Integration (CTI) application data, when IPC introduces the Applications Module for IQMX.


2001

IQMX IP-Based Turret

IPC presents the first IP-based turret, IQMX, enabling true convergence of a customer’s voice and data networks.


1999

Introducing the Alliance Integrated Recording

The first tight integration between a trading system and a recording system, jointly developed by IPC and NICE, provides inherent failover in case of a recorder breakdown – without additional equipment previously required. The Alliance Integrated Recording solution (SCSA Recording) improves resiliency in a smaller footprint.


1998

Alliance MX

Alliance MX debuts as the world’s first premiere trading communications system with IP connectivity. In addition to the distributed mesh architecture introduced in Tradenet MX, the new Alliance uses SIP’s predecessor protocol, QSIG, to share lines and functions with PBX systems.


1997

Slimline

IPC introduces Slimline, the first free-standing turret (previous turrets were mounted in a desk cutout).


1996

World Turret Launch

IPC launches the first browser-based soft turret, the World Turret


1992

Distributed Digital Mesh Architecture

With Tradenet MX IPC introduces the distributed digital mesh architecture that, with ongoing developments, remains the reliability and performance standard for trading turrets even today.


1989

TradeNet

IPC paves the way for future digital talkpaths with TradeNet, an update to the 5-year-old Series II.


1984

Introduction of the Series II

IPC introduces the Series II, featuring the first pagination with LED button labels to allow traders to have 600 buttons in a practical desktop footprint. This also was the first system to employ a computerized administration system. The Series II builds on the software control of the Exchangefone.


1983

Exchangefone

IPC introduces thin-wire software control to the trading floor via Exchangefone, special dual-user phones developed for open outcry exchanges; they are still in use in major exchanges. The Exchangefone also was the first system to employ digital technology to convey button presses/lamp status between the phone and the backroom. IPC is granted a patent for its dual talkpath with no cutoffs.


1974

Series I

The Series I from IPC becomes the first turret to use backroom relays to switch calls, rather than switching at the turret itself. This greatly improves reliability and substantially reduces wiring to the turret.


1973

IPC is incorporated

IPC is incorporated as Interconnect Planning Corporation.