OpenBTS and Asterisk: Going Mobile

One of the great things about working with the Asterisk community is seeing the fantastic ways in which other people have used the code to solve their unusual or interesting problems with telecommunications.  I’d like to talk briefly about one of the most exciting projects I’ve seen in a while, which is using Asterisk as a toolkit for routing calls on an open-source GSM cell base station.

The OpenBTS project has created an Open-Source method of doing just that, with a combination of off-the-shelf hardware and open-source code.  The basic idea is this: with a USB-connected USRP (Universal Software Continued

New Version of the Switchvox Outlook Plugin

I’m happy to announce that there is an updated version of the Switchvox Outlook Plugin, originally released in mid-2005, that integrates Switchvox SMB with popular Microsoft Office and Outlook software. Using the Switchvox Outlook Plugin enables Switchvox SMB users to efficiently communicate with their contacts without switching programs and disrupting their daily workflow (or throwing off their all-important groove).

The plugin can be used for click-to-call using Microsoft Outlook (XP or Vista), and the XP or Vista phone dialer which is used by XP’s Outlook Express and Vista’s Windows Contacts. It incorporates Switchvox Smart Tags, which will find and highlight … Continued

Asterisk: Tools for peace and quiet

The topic of VoIP spam comes up every few months, and how to use Asterisk to combat the incessant and annoying stream of telemarketers who (despite my addition to the do-not-call list) continue to call my various phone numbers with “auto warranty” offers, “who’s who” directory sales pitches, or other suitably vague and sleazy offers.  This year has been particularly bad, with political campaigns calling my line sometimes four or five times in an evening.  I’d not call this VoIP spam (or SPIT, or vSPAM, or whatever you want to call it) at this point – it’s just the same … Continued