Pronexus, Aculab Launch EasiVoIP

By Sean Michael Kerner | Aug 5, 2005 | Print this Page
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Who ever said it wasn't "easy" to develop VoIP applications?

A new initiative jointly announced this week by IVR/speech solution vendor Pronexus, and Aculab—called "EasiVoIP"—is intended to help developers get up to speed on VoIP application development quickly.

The EasiVoIP package includes Pronexus's VBVoice development toolkit and Aculab's Prosody S host media processing resources. The pairing is being offered for free—for a limited time.

Pronexus's VBVoice 5.3 development environment is a toolkit that provides a high-level GUI for call-flow design and works inside of Microsoft's Visual Studio.NET. Pronexus recently announced that their software was interoperable with the popular open-source Asterisk IP-PBX.

Aculab's Prosody S host media processing resources provides developers with a software based alternative to low density hardware for testing host media processing (HMP). Four channels of the Prosody S are included in the EasiVoIP package. All together the idea is to allow enterprise developers the opportunity to evaluate VoIP application development without the need for additional hardware—or initial cost.

VBVoice lets developers create the same types of applications for VoIP as it does for traditional telephony, which include: auto attendants, inbound and outbound IVRs, call center apps, and message broadcasting among other common features.

Mike Matthews Head of Product Marketing at Aculab explained that the EasiVoIP package will likely be attractive to smaller businesses that for example want to tap into a small departmental PBX to get a little bit of extra functionality without having to go and by a big box

"There are also people who have enough skills to understand call flows but maybe not enough skills to get to the low level programming details," Matthews told EnterpriseVoIPplanet.com. " So by joining together with Pronexus who have the high level toolkit to allow call flows to be seen on the screen, it starts to become a very attractive and easy way to put things together."

Though according to many different measures VoIP is growing in terms of adoption, there are still some barriers. "Most shy away from the up-front costs required to first create and test the applications in their organizational environment before committing to full fledged deployment," Andrew Kozminski, vice president of R&D at Pronexus told EnterpriseVoIPplaent.com. "To encourage VoIP adoption, we wanted to give developers the opportunity to experience the power of VoIP while avoiding the heavy capital investment hardware-based IP telephony requires."