The H.350-series describes a directory services architecture for multimedia conferencing and uses LDAP
(Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) to store users’ voice, video and collaborative multimedia
information in a way that integrates with directory and identity management systems already in place
at universities, large enterprises and service provider networks. Recently, extensions to support X.500
directory services were also made available. H.350 enables providers to scale up video and VoIP operations
from a few hundred endpoints to full enterprise and carrier level deployments. Account configuration details,
authentication and authorization are linked to the enterprise directory using LDAP. Currently, the H.350-series
comprises the following standards:
- ITU-T Recommendation H.350 – Directory services architecture for multimedia conferencing -
Describes a directory services architecture for multimedia conferencing
using LDAP. Extensions have been made to also support X.500 directory
services. Standardized directory services support association of individuals
with endpoints, searchable directories (a.k.a. white pages), and
clickable dialling. Directory services can also assist in the
configuration of endpoints, and user authentication based on trusted
data sources. H.350 also describes a standardized LDAP schema to
represent endpoints on the network and associate those endpoints
with users. It discusses design and implementation considerations
for the interconnection of video- and voice-specific directories,
enterprise directories, call servers and endpoints.
- ITU-T Recommendation H.350.1 – Directory services architecture for H.323 –
Describes an LDAP schema to represent H.323 endpoints.
- ITU-T Recommendation H.350.2 – Directory services architecture for H.235 -
Describes an LDAP schema to represent H.235 elements.
- ITU-T Recommendation H.350.3 – Directory services architecture for H.320 -
Describes an LDAP schema to represent H.320 endpoints.
- ITU-T Recommendation H.350.4 – Directory services architecture for SIP –
Describes an LDAP schema to represent SIP user agents.
- ITU-T Recommendation H.350.5 – Directory services architecture for non-standard protocols –
Describes an LDAP schema to represent non-standard multimedia communications endpoints, and
is meant to provide a very basic framework for representing these elements in a directory.
- ITU-T Recommendation H.350.6 – Directory Services Architecture for Call Forwarding and Preferences -
Describes simple LDAP and X.500 schemas to represent call forwarding and call preference
information in an H.350 directory. It is intended to represent addresses to which calls
should be forwarded in case an endpoint does not answer a call. It can also represent
advanced functionality, such as directing a caller to a web page or email screen when
the called endpoint is not available.
- H.350-Series Implementer’s Guide –
This document contains the latest updates, clarifications and defect fixes identified
for the Recommendations of the H.350 Series.