29/04/2008

Decision to modify the National Telephone Numbering Plan to accommodate geographic number demand in the Ebbsfleet region | Ofcom

Decision to modify the National Telephone Numbering Plan to accommodate geographic number demand in the Ebbsfleet region | Ofcom

Ofcom held a consultation on allocating a new number range (01987) to the Ebbsfleet region (there is a large housing development being built).

Ofcom had eight responses and is making the range available immediately.

Ebbsfleet is also of interest as it will be connected to BT's 21CN and have fibre to the home.

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.