Introducing the Polycom SoundPoint IP 450

Three-line desktop phone featuring Polycom HD Voice and productivity enhancing applications through a high-resolution, graphical backlit display.

The SoundPoint IP 450 desktop phone is designed to bring advanced telephony features and applications to cubicle/office workers handling a moderate volume of calls. With its high-resolution, graphical backlit display supporting multiple languages and Asian characters, applications enabled XML Microbrowser, and Polycom HD Voice, the SoundPoint IP 450 sets new standards for the mid-range SIP desktop phone.

Unsurpassed Voice Quality and Clarity
The SoundPoint IP 450 features Polycom HD Voice, bringing life-like richness and clarity to every call. Polycom HD Voice incorporates wideband audio for over twice the voice clarity, Polycom’s patented Acoustic Clarity Technology for crystal-clear, noise and echo-free sound, plus best-in-class system design for high-fidelity voice reproduction.

Easy-to-Use Features and Applications
An enterprise-grade phone, the SoundPoint IP 450 delivers an easy-to-navigate menu and a combination of 17 dedicated hard keys and four content sensitive soft keys on a backlit, multi-level grayscale 256 x 116 pixel LCD display. Hosting a built-in XML Microbrowser, the SoundPoint IP 450 offers an easy- to-access graphical interface to run productivity-enhancing third-party applications using Polycom’s flexible and open XML API.

Make Great Things Happen with Polycom SoundPoint IP 450
In today’s Internet driven world, the ability to conduct real time communication and collaboration has become critical to an organizations survival. As the market leader in voice, video, data and Web solutions, our award-winning IP telephony and conference technology makes it easy for people to interact and maximize productivity over any network, in just about any environment, anywhere around the globe. That’s why more organizations worldwide use and prefer Polycom IP telephony and application solutions. Because when people work together, great things happen. See how you, too, can achieve great things with the Polycom SoundPoint IP 450 desktop phone.

Security hole found in iPhone

Gizmodo found a major security flaw in the iphone Operating System – Crazy one too. According to their post it is possible to access the iPhone’s address book, SMS, Contacts, mail and Safari on a locked device.

It works like this…

Password protect your phone then lock it. Now slide to unlock and…

1. Tap emergency call.

2. Double tap the home button.

How to set up a Jabra GN9350 With a Polycom SoundPoint IP Phone

To activate the EHS adapter you must be using the Polycom SoundPoint IP 320/330*, IP 430, IP 550, IP 560 or the IP 650 To use the IP 320/330 you must use the 2.5mm to RJ-9 adapterYou must also be running SIP application version 3.0 or later and BootRom 4.1.0 or later. Contact support@e4strategies.com for the latest software release.
Setting up the Polycom SoundPoint IP Phone:
1. Press “Menu” Key
2. Select Settings>Basic>Preferences>Headset>Analog Headset Mode
3. Use the up and down arrow keys to select Jabra Mode, then press the Select soft key
4. Press “Menu” or the exit soft key to return to the idle display

Setting Up the Jabra GN9350 Headset:

  1. On the back of the IP Phone, plug one end of the headset adapter into the serial port
  2. Plug the other end into the AUX port on the GN 9350 base unit
  3. Plug the audio cord into the headset jack on the Phone and the telephone jack (far left)
Adjusting the Jabra GN9350:
1. Open up the cover on the GN 9350 base unit
2. On the LCD display, arrow over to the handset picture and select it
3. Arrow down to the DHSG mode and select it by pressing the okay button
4. Set Dial tone selector in position “A”
Viola! You are now handsfree and lifterless…

Digium Fast Start Training – Press Release

Digium, Creator of Asterisk, the Leading Open Source Telephony Project, Offers Introductory Course for Asterisk, Telephony and Linux.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Digium, creator and primary developer of Asterisk, the leading open source telephony platform, announced today a new training course – Asterisk Fast Start. The entry-level course provides an introduction to Asterisk, telephony and the Linux environment, making the world’s most widely used open source telephony software more accessible than ever before.

The goal of the course is to give participants an introduction to Asterisk covering such topics as installation, configuration and the basic operation of Asterisk. Participants do not need a background in Linux, telephony or Asterisk to participate. The course will take participants through all the steps from a freshly installed Linux computer to a fully configured and working Asterisk implementation.

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Install and run Asterisk on any computer and act as an Asterisk administrator;
  • Configure Asterisk to deliver basic PBX functionality including basic call routing, voice mail and directory services
  • Describe the telephony connections that Asterisk supports and identify the necessary Digium hardware to support such connectivity.

“We are pleased to offer an intensive, introductory overview to Asterisk – the most widely used open source telephony project,” said Rod Montgomery, director of services for Digium. “We’ve asked David Duffett of TeleSpeak, Ltd., an Authorized Training Partner in the United Kingdom, to create Asterisk Fast Start in response to requests from the Asterisk community for an introductory offering. This new course complements our current training offerings that are geared toward every level of expertise.”

Participants will receive a student kit complete with a Polycom IP telephone and Digium interface cards. Asterisk Fast Start will kick off with its first course on Oct. 13th, offered by David Duffett in Oxford, England. To learn more about Digium Asterisk Fast Start or any of Digium’s offered courses, please visit: http://www.digium.com

About Digium

Digium®, Inc., the Asterisk® Company, created, owns and is the innovative force behind Asterisk, the most widely used open source telephony software. Since its founding in 1999, Digium has become the open source alternative to proprietary communication providers, with offerings that cost as much as 80 percent less. Digium offers Asterisk software free to the open source community and offers Asterisk Business Edition and Switchvox IP PBX software to power a broad family of products for small, medium and large businesses. The company’s product line includes a wide range of hardware to enable resellers and customers to implement turnkey solutions or to design their own voice over IP (VoIP) systems. More information is available at www.digium.com.

Digium and BroadSoft Strengthen Partnership – Support for Switchvox AA60, AA300, and the AA350

Broadsoft and the Switchvox AA60

BROADSOFT CONNECTIONS, SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Oct. 6, 2008 — Digium®,, creator and primary corporate sponsor of the popular Asterisk® open source telephony platform, and BroadSoft®, the leading provider of VoIP application software, today announced that Digium’s Switchvox® IP PBX has been certified to work with BroadSoft’s BroadWorks® VoIP application platform. The certification will streamline the adoption of the award-winning Switchvox telephony system by BroadSoft customers around the world.

Today’s announcement strengthens the longtime partnership between two of the world’s most influential VoIP companies. BroadSoft provides VoIP applications to eight of the world’s ten largest telecommunications carriers. Digium’s Asterisk is the world’s most widely used open source telephony software, and Switchvox is the most widely used customer premise-based IP PBX based on Asterisk.

“BroadSoft’s close work with Digium demonstrated our commitment to open architecture,” said Leslie Ferry, vice president of marketing at BroadSoft. “By certifying Switchvox, BroadSoft is demonstrating to our carrier partners that we are dedicated to completing interoperability testing with the highest-quality VoIP products in the market.”

The certification confirms that Switchvox and BroadWorks work seamlessly together, providing carriers with the confidence to offer the feature-rich, easy-to-use, inexpensive Switchvox phone system to their customers.

“Switchvox’s certification by BroadSoft, the company that so many of the world’s largest VoIP carriers turn to, increases the global presence for both companies,” said Leslie Conway, vice president of global marketing at Digium. “With Digium enjoying increasing success throughout North America and around the world, BroadSoft’s vote of confidence lets Digium customers everywhere know that Switchvox works with the best of the best in SIP trunking deployment.”

Switchvox provides a full-featured telephony system that integrates with key CRM applications such as Salesforce.com and SugarCRM through Switchvox’s SMB Switchboard interface. Switchvox delivers the benefits of integrating voice with data by enabling customers to create custom mashups that leverage other Web applications in seconds, with no programming knowledge required. Additionally, the product equips small, midsize and growing businesses with a telephony solution that costs a fraction of the price of traditional phone systems.

About the BroadWorks Platform
BroadSoft’s IMS-compliant BroadWorks® platform provides a comprehensive range of VoIP applications, including Hosted Unified Communications, Mobile PBX, Business Trunking and residential broadband services fully integrated into a single VoIP application platform. BroadWorks is capable of providing these applications with the reliability, redundancy, scalability and regulatory capabilities required to deliver carrier-class service.

About BroadSoft
BroadSoft® provides VoIP application software that enables the delivery of hosted telephony and multimedia services. Its award-winning flagship BroadWorks technology empowers wireless, wireline and cable carriers to deliver next-generation voice and multimedia applications and advanced features that enable them to increase revenue, enhance competitive differentiation and elevate customer satisfaction. BroadSoft’s family of carrier-class software products delivers the scale, open architecture and reliability that the world’s leading telecommunications companies demand to serve mission-critical enterprise and residential broadband customers. BroadSoft provides VoIP applications to eight of the Top 10 and 14 of the Top 25 largest carriers worldwide, as measured by recent annual revenue, including Korea Telecom, KPN, SingTel, Sprint, Telefonica de Espana, Telstra, T-systems and Verizon. For additional information, go to www.BroadSoft.com.

About Digium
Digium®, Inc., the Asterisk® Company, created, owns and is the innovative force behind Asterisk, the most widely used open source telephony software. Since its founding in 1999, Digium has become the open source alternative to proprietary communication providers, with offerings that cost as much as 80 percent less. Digium offers Asterisk software free to the open source community and offers Asterisk Business Edition and Switchvox IP PBX Software to power a broad family of products for small, medium and large businesses. The company’s product line includes a wide range of hardware to enable resellers and customers to implement turnkey solutions or to design their own voice over IP (VoIP) systems. More information is available at www.digium.com.

Kiax 2.0 softphone released

The Kiax project started in early 2004 due to the demand for a user-friendly, free and open softphone. Kiax has been downloaded by more than 60,000 users, and is included in many popular and major Linux distributions. Despite its proven stability, the development of the first release had reached a point where further modifications and customization became difficult. That is when Forschung-Direkt, together with MIXvoip and encouraged by Corpoinvest, restarted the Kiax development. The Kiax 2.0 release is a complete re-write of the original software and provides a more flexible architecture for future modifications

The interoperability and integration with third party applications has been greatly improved. Kiax supports a wide range of possibilities to enable click2dial and integration in CRM or web applications. Several additional tools, such as add-ons for Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Outlook, will be released in the very near future.

Digium Announces Winners of 2008 Innovation Awards

Press Release only a few days late:

Deployments of Asterisk, the open source telephony platform, provide cost-effective, flexible and scalable support for telcos, SMBs, government agencies and one-of-a kind applications

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AstriCon 2008)—September 24, 2008— Digium®, creator and primary developer of Asterisk®, the leading open source telephony platform, is proud to announce the winners of the 2008 Digium Innovation Awards. The company announced the winners today at AstriCon, the industry conference and exhibition dedicated to Asterisk. The Innovation Awards recognize innovation, enterprise-class solutions, measurable return on investment, and use of Asterisk in businesses outside of the communications industry.

Asterisk, more than any other open source project, inspires the entrepreneurial spirit. These innovators have used the power of Asterisk to create many new products, services and solutions which have improved business processes and conquered technology challenges. Digium presents the Innovation Awards to recognize and showcase the innovation, creativity and commercial success of the many Asterisk-based products and services.

“Asterisk generates so much excitement in the telephony world because its openness allows it to form the basis of unlimited types of applications,” said Mark Spencer, creator of Asterisk and Digium’s chief technology officer. “Many of the nominees for the Innovation Awards blew us away with their ability to solve real business problems and to create entirely new voice solutions using Asterisk. We’re pleased to recognize the winners and to congratulate each and every entrant.”

The 2008 winners of the Digium Innovation Awards are:

Pioneer Award :: GreenfieldTech (Udim, Israel) – Working on behalf of a customer, GreenfieldTech created a solution that allows people from all over the world to pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. The solution uses a pre-paid platform, ultra-sonic speakers and Asterisk as the main telephony and transmission layer for the platform. Approved by Israeli rabbis as an alternative to visiting the Western Wall for prayer, the service is marketed in the U.S. as Shema-Israel.

Big Biz Asterisk Award :: Integrics Ltd. (Londonderry, U.K.) – Integrics uses Asterisk in combination with a range of other open source technologies to create Enswitch for telecommunications companies, multi-tenant hosted PBX providers, Internet telephony service providers (ITSPs) and Voice over IP (VoIP) providers. Enswitch forms the basis for highly scalable, redundant, cluster-aware commercial telephony services. The project scope consists of over 40 customers worldwide with nearly 500,000 end points.

ROI Award :: Emdeon Business Services (Nashville, Tenn.) – Emdeon is the industry leader in healthcare EDI services. The company connects healthcare providers to payers across the United States. Working for the State of Maryland, Emdeon created an Asterisk-based telephone inquiry system that allows healthcare providers to quickly and efficiently verify a Medicaid recipient’s current eligibility status. It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and used about 22,000 times a day by 60,000 physicians and hospitals. In addition to Asterisk and Digium hardware, Emdeon used Dell servers and storage, the Red Hat Linux operating system, MySQL database, Verizon T1s and Cepstral speech technology. The solution met every Maryland requirement in a cost-effective manner.

Inside Out Award :: PhonePlay (Brooklyn, N.Y.) – PhonePlay designs, develops and deploys big-screen games that crowds of people can play simultaneously using mobile phones as controllers. The company uses Asterisk as the bridge between each player’s phone and the game software. Players call into a phone number that terminates into Asterisk, which then communicates keypresses to the Java-based PhonePlay server and game software. Big-screen games are used by advertisers and at conferences.

Honorable Mention :: NTT Software Corp. (Tokyo, Japan) – NTT Software is the first company in Japan which provide Asterisk in a major telecommunications company. The company is conducting a trial of Asterisk used in a gateway and terminal for VoIP with the goal of expanding the range of calling options to which NTT Software is able to provide business customers.

While only five awards are given each year, Digium would like to thank all the applicants. The creative and innovative Asterisk-based solutions were enjoyable to review. If you are an Asterisk innovator, you are invited to participate in the 2009 competition by submitting your application to www.digium.com/en/company/awards/innovation.php.

Switchvox Park and Page Demo

Video Demonstration of Polycom’s Enhanced Feature Keys with Asterisk/Switchvox- The following video demonstrates a well sought after feature that has previously been unavailable with Asterisk using Polycom Phones.

This was my first attempt ever at a video demo- Although I am not too impressed with the video myself, i did get it on the first take. 🙂

For more information on Polycom and Switchvox