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Billy is a Marketing Manager at Digium with a passion for Asterisk. You can find Billy on the web on Google+ and Twitter

First Ever AstriCon Hackathon at This Year’s Event

Get ready for the first ever AstriCon Hackathon! A worldwide community of designers, developers, and communications technologists will be gathering to create, code, and design apps built on Asterisk, Respoke, and Clarify.

In this week’s episode of Asterisk Live, Matt Jordan, Michael Spiceland, and Keith Casey joined the call to talk about the upcoming Hackathon:

What’s a Hackathon?

A “hackathon” is a contest to see who can build the best or most interesting software application in a short amount of time (only 8 hours from start to finish). In order to accomplish this feat, developers often … Continued

Asterisk Live: OptiCaller

ALICE receptionist on Asterisk.orgOptiCaller is an application designed for mobile phones that works together with Asterisk. This week on Asterisk Live I had the privilege to speak with OptiCaller’s CTO, Jörgen Steijer.

Using OptiCaller´s mobility module for Asterisk and the OptiCaller app, smartphones can be integrated with an Asterisk PBX. To ensure speech quality, calls to/from the mobile phone are placed through the PBX using reliable circuit-switched technology. This enables the user to also take advantage of the PBX features while using a smartphone. Through a configurable graphical user interface the user can also control features in Asterisk such as Call Diversions, Presence and Group handling. Application … Continued

Asterisk Live: Meet ALICE, WinTech’s Virtual Receptionist Kiosk

ALICE receptionist on Asterisk.orgWinTech CTO Mike Yoder is our most recent featured guest on Asterisk Live. Mike talks about the innovative ALICE virtual receptionist kiosk.

Fueled by Asterisk, the ALICE receptionist greets visitors in a business lobby with an interactive video kiosk. She can then route a video or audio call to any employee (local or remote). One of the benefits of this solution is that it keeps a high level of engagement with customers and visitors, but at a lower cost than having to staff a full-time receptionist at each location. I was impressed by this unique product when I experienced … Continued

Asterisk Live: Aptus, User Solutions

Aptus, User Solutions on Asterisk.orgToday on Asterisk Live I had the privilege of interviewing Feras Al-Taher, CTO of Aptus, along with Max Bin Mahmood, their Technical Advocate. Aptus provides a user portal for Asterisk that enables users to manage their contacts along with multiple endpoints such as mobile devices, IP phones and even includes web communications. When initially connecting IP phones to Asterisk, Feras found it difficult to manage contacts in multiple locations. This was the inspiration for creating the FonB user solution for Asterisk to make contact and endpoint management easier. You can download FonB for Free to test drive on your Asterisk system. … Continued

Asterisk Live: Marco Signorini

Asterisk Lead Engineer on Asterisk.org In this episode of Asterisk Live, Marco Signorini, Engineering Lead for Loway, describes some of the technical challenges that arise when engineering Asterisk solutions. In particular we discuss WebRTC and how it can be used in contact center applications. The new QueueMetrics Agent Page makes use of WebRTC to provide the communications channel directly into the Agents’s browser application.

Want to know more about using Asterisk? Join us for our next webinar on using Asterisk-based turnkey Gateways.

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