Loss of Snow Days Creates Next-Generation of Remote Workers

The idea that snow or extreme weather conditions no longer means getting a day off from school may become a chilling reality for school-aged kids. Businesses everywhere should applaud the idea – and start looking forward to an up-and-coming generation of savvy, well-trained remote workers.

The recent blast of arctic air across much of the U.S. has delivered more than record-setting cold temperatures and snowfalls. The unusually early winter conditions have also ushered in a possible end to Snow Days – or, at the vey least is redefining what they mean. Thanks to technology, and some forward-thinking administrators of a … Continued

Asterisk 13.0.0 Now Available!

The Asterisk Development Team is pleased to announce the release of Asterisk 13.0.0. This release is available for immediate download at http://downloads.asterisk.org/pub/telephony/asterisk/releases

Asterisk 13 is the next major release series of Asterisk. It is a Long Term Support (LTS) release, similar to Asterisk 11. For more information about support time lines for Asterisk releases, see the Asterisk versions page:


For important information regarding upgrading to Asterisk 13, please see the Asterisk wiki:


A short list of new features includes:


DPMA 2.1 for Digium Phones


Just in time for this year’s Astricon, we’ve got another release of DPMA for Digium phones, version 2.1, now available for users. Included along with a couple of minor bug fixes noted in the Changes page, the big change for version 2.1 is support for tying your Asterisk app_voicemail PIN to your phone PIN. Your app_voicemail PIN is the code that one would enter if you’re dialing your mailbox remotely instead of using the voicemail app on a Digium phone.

What are phone PINs used for? They’re for requesting your phone profile when you boot a phone (so that … Continued

Asterisk 13: The Asterisk REST Interface (ARI)

In the last two blog posts, we discussed changes to the Asterisk core that were made to facilitate new and better APIs in Asterisk. In this blog post, we’ll begin to look at the new API that those core changes allowed — the Asterisk REST Interface (ARI).

A Brief History of Asterisk APIs

When Asterisk was first created back in 1999, its design was focused on being a stand-alone Private Branch eXchange (PBX) that you could configure via static configuration files. While this level of configuration is sufficient for many applications, for some domains, it is far more preferable … Continued

New Languages for Asterisk Voice Prompts

Asterisk is used to build a wide range of communications applications, including plenty that utilize voice prompts, such as in Interactive Voice Response (IVR) menus. You may already know that Asterisk comes with sound files in a variety of languages; but what you may not realize is that these sound files have been generously provided by a number of community members. All of the contributions are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 license, which allows Asterisk users great flexibility in their usage.

Who are these community members? If you have used a system built on Asterisk in an English or … Continued