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Skinny Client Control Protocol
SCCP is a proprietary terminal control protocol originally developed by Selsius Corporation. It is now owned and defined by Cisco Systems, Inc. as a messaging set between a skinny client and the Cisco CallManager. Examples of skinny clients include the Cisco 7900 series of IP phone such as the Cisco 7960 , Cisco 7940 and the 802.11b wireless Cisco 7920 . Skinny is a lightweight protocol which allows for efficient communication with Cisco Call Manager which may act as a proxy for signalling of call events with other common protocols such as H.323, SIP, ISDN and/or MGCP.
A skinny client users TCP/IP to and from one or more Call Managers in a cluster. RTP/UDP/IP is used to and from a similar skinny client or H.323 terminal for the bearer traffic (real-time audio stream). SCCP is a stimulus-based protocol and is designed as a communications protocol for hardware endpoints and other embedded systems, with significant CPU and memory constraints.
Cisco acquired SCCP technology when it acquired Selsius Corporation in the late 1990's. As a remnant of the Selsius origin of the current Cisco IP phones, the default device name format for registered Cisco phones with CallManager is SEP -- as in Selsius Ethernet Phone -- followed by the MAC address.
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