29/04/2008

Asterisk Based Visual Call Flow Editor and Server - SafiSystems

Asterisk Based Visual Call Flow Editor and Server - SafiSystems

This is quite a clever concept. Asterisk (the open source PBX) has the capability to run AGI programs (Asterisk Gateway Interface, similar in concept to CGI's in the web world). AGIs are run through a server which can be locally hosted on the Asterisk server or on a completely separate system. There are AGI systems written in Perl/PHP and other languages.

Safi Systems have developed a server and a tool called Safi Workshop which allows AGI programming through visual building blocks, so the first block may be to 'Answer the call' (which equates to Answer in Asterisk terms). Other functions are then pulled from the toolbox and linked together.

The project is then saved and then inserted into the Asterisk dialplan as an AGI statement to the Safi Server.

It's currently in Alpha (it runs on Windows - though it's Java based, so will probably eventually be ported to other platforms) and can be downloaded for free for non-commercial use.

It is really kinda neat as they say.
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