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PIKA T1/E1 and analog boards now compatible with FreeSWITCH

April 15, 2008

PIKA T1/E1 and analog boards are now compatible with FreeSWITCH.

Some good news for PIKA this morning worth reading...

PIKA Technologies Inc., a developer of media-processing hardware and software, today announced that its entire family of analog and digital host media processing (HMP) boards is now compatible with FreeSWITCH, an open-source telephony platform typically used by large telecommunications companies deploying soft switches and other voice applications.

This is the latest partnership that PIKA has announced as part of its mission to support open-source-telephony application developers, having previously announced compatibility with the Asterisk platform.

"PIKA is thrilled to be partners with the FreeSWITCH community. This will mean more options for application development companies across the globe who are building FreeSWITCH-based solutions," said Terry Atwood, vice president of sales, marketing and customer care at PIKA. "Now, FreeSWITCH users will have access to PIKA’s robust media-processing software and hardware, and as a result, be able to stabilize as well as add incremental value to their applications."
FreeSWITCH is designed to facilitate the creation of voice and chat-driven products scaling from a soft phone up to a soft switch. It can be used as a simple switching engine, a PBX, a media gateway or a media server to host IVR applications using simple scripts or XML to control the call flow.

"I was really excited to get PIKA hardware working in FreeSWITCH," said Anthony Minessale, Lead Developer and author of FreeSWITCH.

ISPBX Launches Asterisk appliances with CogoBlue Asterisk GUI

April 10, 2008

ISPBX launched a family of Asterisk appliances with CogoBlue Asterisk GUI tools. The CogoBlue GUI enables the configuration of a complete PBX using simple “drag and drop” icons. So simple even grandma can setup an Asterisk system. This drag-and-drop telephony brings back memories of my days testing CTI application generators from Envox, Pronexus, Artisoft, and others in CTI Magazine & Communications Solutions Magazine. & Digium Ink 5 Year Deal

April 9, 2008 today announced a 5 year agreement with Digium. They have been working informally in the past. The goal is to improve and commercialize the embedded Java softphone created by Digium engineers. creates web call me button widgets for use on websites, blogs, social networking sites, etc.

C2Call - New browser-based Java VoIP app

April 3, 2008

C2Call (C2Call) lets you make web-based P2P VoIP phone calls direct from your browser whether you're using Linux, Windows, or an Apple Mac. The software is a Java widget that is loaded temporary from the C2Call web page into your browser each time you use C2Call. Using the C2Call Java widget I spoke with Martin Feuerhahn, Director of Actai Networks Pte Ltd Taiwan Branch. The voice quality was excellent and the latency wasn't too bad either considering I'm in Connecticut and he's in Taiwan!

In Internet Explorer when you first load the widget you'll see that the application has a digital signature that has been validated by a trusted source:

Actai Networks GmbH, the company mentioned in the above screenshot is the parent company of In Firefox the app just ran without showing the digital signature verification message. The client is just 1.1MB in size so it's fairly small.

The beauty of C2Call is that you can send a call invitation to anybody you want to talk to simply by sending an email invite directly from the applet.

D2 Technologies Releases Mobile Handset Solution Powered by Google Android

April 1, 2008

D2 Technologies today released their mobile handset solution powered by Google Android.

D2's mCUE mobile convergence software solution combines a communications user interface with the company’s vPort MP VoIP software platform and is targeted towards OEMs and service providers to help deliver integrated Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) and Unified Communications (UC) functionality.

mCUE provides a complete embedded software framework for multi-mode mobile handsets for enterprise and consumer use, such as dual-mode cellular plus Wi-Fi phones. Its completely Java-based user interface framework for Linux can be ported to other GUI platforms.

“mCUE revolutionizes mobile communications by tying together the best aspects of PC-based communications, such as VoIP, instant messaging and presence support, with the roaming benefits of mobile cellular and connection speed and quality of in-building wireless,” said Doug Makishima, vice president of marketing at D2 Technologies. “It is a complete turnkey solution for multi-mode mobile communication devices.”

mCUE is interoperable with enterprise IP-PBXs and unified communications systems. Looking at the GUI and the feature-specs, this definitely seems like a pretty cool product that I need to get my hands on and test.

Check out the news today.

LAS VEGAS, CTIA Wireless 2008 (Meeting Room 355) — April 1, 2008 — D2 Technologies, the market leader in embedded software platforms that power IP communications, today announced that its mCUE™ converged communications client for mobile devices and handsets now supports Google’s Android, one of the industry’s first open-source mobile platforms.

Asterisk USB Hub

March 31, 2008

No Asterisk fan can do without some Asterisk paraphernalia such as an Asterisk or Digium T-Shirt, Asterisk book, maybe even an Asterisk coffee mug from ITEXPO where lots of Asterisk happenings take place. Well now you can add an Asterisk USB hub to your collection of all-things Asterisk! This four-port USB hub in the shape of an "asterisk" was created by industrial designer Joel Escalona

He writes:
Some of these designs have been fortunate enough to be manufactured, others were just lucky to be prototypes or models and the less fortunate live within a render. So if at some point you are interested in finding out more about any of my projects or you want to produce, buy or distribute one, do not hesitate to contact me to ask for more details about any of my designs.

Sangoma Technologies Offers Lifetime Warranty

March 18, 2008

Sangoma Technologies just threw down the gauntlet today by announcing a lifetime warranty on their Advanced Flexible Telecommunications (AFT) product line. Sangoma used to have a five year warranty, but now they've gone all-out with their lifetime warranty - unheard of in the telecom space. Wow! Sangoma is aggressively moving to retain a leadership position in Asterisk telephony cards.

Switchvox SMB 3.5 and AA60 Switchvox Appliance

March 18, 2008

Digium today released Switchvox SMB 3.5 and the AA60 Switchvox Appliance. Switchvox IP PBX products offer Web 2.0 applications, including integration with CRM applications such as and SugarCRM, as well as Google Maps integration through Switchvox SMB’s Switchboard interface. Digium claims that customers can easily create custom mashups that leverage other Web applications, with no programming knowledge required.

Highlights of Switchvox SMB 3.5 include:
• Integrated phone management—Streamlined phone configuration without the need to manually enter the network address of each phone saves the system administrator or integrator time.

Intuitive Voice Technology Calls Out other Asterisk Competitors - Asterisk Clone Wars Have Begun...

March 13, 2008

In a news release, Intuitive Voice Technology is calling out other Asterisk-based solutions. First, Intuitive Voice Technology (IVT) espouses their 3,500 deployments as well they should. They then follow this back-slapping good news with a claim that "competitors clamor to keep pace with industry's most innovating, easy-to-use Asterisk-based PBX". Them's fightin' words!

WYDE Voice Launches Asterisk-based Conferencing Appliances

March 12, 2008

WYDE Voice, a new startup venture backed by founder and CEO David Erickson, today launched voice conferencing appliances that support wideband 16-bit, 16 kHz voice quality. The VM1000/3000 uses the iSAC codecs to deliver wideband audio that is better that traditional phone due to the wider audio spectrum used. The appliance actually uses the Asterisk platform, and can deliver 500 – 7000 concurrent G.711 calls or up to 3000 iSAC calls per chassis. The number of participants in a conference and number of conferences is limited only by the number of available ports.
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