About the author

David works with the Worldwide Asterisk Community for Digium, and is an Asterisk enthusiast in addition to being a Chartered Engineer, globally experienced trainer and public speaker. His experience includes Air Traffic Control communications, Wireless Local Loop, Mobile Networks, Computer Telephony, Voice over IP and Asterisk specifically. In addition to many web articles, David's publications include Asterisk 1.4: The Professional's Guide (Packt, co-author) and the contribution of a chapter (on Internationalisation) to Asterisk: The Definitive Guide (O'Reilly). David is editorially responsible for AstriCon (THE annual global Asterisk event) where he also introduced the 'Fastest Dude to the Dialtone' contest some years ago. He is a frequent speaker at AsterConference Asia (David has also MC'd at this event), IT Expo (East and West) and a number of corporate events. He has also spoken at numerous other conferences - VoIP Developer, Speech World, CT Expo and UC Expo to name a few.

AstriCon, Orlando is ONLY DAYS AWAY!

Tuesday, October 13th marks the official kick-off of AstriCon 2015, in Orlando. Those of us at Digium are in overdrive to bring you the best AstriCon yet! The word that springs to mind to describe AstriCon this year is “MORE“.

More Sessions
This year we have 5 (yes, FIVE) tracks, as FreePBX World is also at AstriCon. This means that for each talk you decide to attend, there are potentially 4 others that you may also be interested in at the same time. Do not fear, however, as there are lots of ways to mitigate this situation … Continued

Keith Casey, APIs and AstriCon!

What can you say about Keith Casey that has not already been said?
Probably quite a lot – but that’s not why I’m here…

No, I’m here to tell you that Keith will be at AstriCon 2015 in Orlando, Florida (October 13-15). He is speaking about APIs during his talk, aptly entitled, ‘Building your API Utility Belt.’

Keith’s first visit to AstriCon occurred in Las Vegas; and his brief but memorable time on last year’s AstriCon speaking circuit left quite an impression. The now legendary talk, ’12 Reasons your API sucks!’ established Keith as a credible player and a crowd … Continued

Red Hat’s Russell Bryant Talks SDN, Open Source and AstriCon: Asterisk Live [Video]

Interested in software defined networking (SDN)? Get to know Red Hat’s Russell Bryant, who focuses on OpenStack, and is a former lead developer for the Asterisk open source project. In this episode of Asterisk Live, Russell chats about open source and gives a preview of his upcoming AstriCon presentation about SDN and its implications for communications applications. 

We love doing all the Asterisk Live videos with different members of the Asterisk Community, and it was an extra special pleasure to recently record a show with Russell Bryant of Red Hat.

You see, Russell has been the Lead Developer of … Continued

Asterisk Community: Get Ready for Best AstriCon Ever – Orlando 2015

If you’re part of the Asterisk community – or wanting to get started with Asterisk, then this year’s AstriCon is one event you do not want to miss. With the deadline for submitting speaking ideas closed, I can tell you that we have had more submissions than in any previous year!
But that’s not the best of it… Quantity is one thing, but the quality of this year’s speaking submissions is absolutely outstanding. It is setting up to be one of the most interesting AstriCons in the event’s history.

To begin, I am delighted to report that people from well … Continued

WebRTC and Its Impact on the Unified Communications Landscape

Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press with movable type in 1455. Nearly 195 years later people held the first daily newspaper in Leipzig, Germany. Fast-forward another 226 years when Alexander Graham Bell patented the electric telephone. It’s amazing to think how much technology has advanced and how many different options we now have to communicate, from instant messaging to video. Equally intriguing is the realization of much shorter innovation cycles and how that impacts the business landscape. As the amount of time between advancements continues to narrow, particularly with communications, businesses are also able to shorten their adoption cycles of … Continued