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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

The Benefit of Simple Design for Communication Apps

Screen Shot 2015-02-18 at 7.47.19 AMCommunications is growing in new and innovative ways. Products like Respoke are enabling the next generation of communications solutions with the ability to add WebRTC (Web Real-time Communications) voice and video calls, chat, and screen sharing to any web app. With all of these modes of communications available, developers building on Respoke have a lot options.

When looking at all of these features, the temptation exists to try and add everything – including the kitchen sink. Sometimes a diversity of features is great. Other times, keeping things simple is the best approach. In a recent post on the Respoke blog I talk … Continued

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