Pronexus Brings New Voice to Asterisk

Asterisk
users can now add a new voice to their PBX. Communication and speech vendor
Pronexus has announced that their VBVoice development environment is now interoperable
with the popular Asterisk open source PBX allowing users to “benefit from speech.”

Ottawa based Pronexus
is a developer of speech solutions that includes tools for building touch-tone
and speech-recognition applications. The VBVoice development environment is
a tool that works inside of Microsoft’s Visual Studio.NET and provides a high
level GUI for call flow design.

“Our interoperability testing demonstrated that all our tools work with the
Asterisk PBX over SIP/RTP,” Andrew Kozminski Pronexus VP of R&D told EnterpriseVoIPplanet.com.
“This allows the Asterisk users to “benefit from speech” by using our off-the-shelf
VeoConnect, or rapidly building their own custom IVR applications using our
tools.”

Though Pronexus claims that its solutions are now interoperable with Asterisk,
Kozminksi admitted that his company does not contribute in any way back to the
open source project. Asterisk is freely available and extensible under the terms
of its open source license which has helped its popularity and adoption particularly
among SMB’s.

The SMB market is what Pronexus is hoping to attract with Asterisk-interoperable
tools. “Asterisk is gaining popularity as a PBX of choice in SMB space,” Kozminksi
explained. “Like any PBX users, the Asterisk users (especially in call centers)
can benefit from availability of advanced IVR options, especially based on speech
recognition.”

Thanks to a vibrant community of open source (and commercial) development surrounding
Asterisk, there are many other products that provide GUI and other capability
for the open source PBX. According to Kozminiski, Pronexus has a specific niche
that certain developers will find attractive. Kozminksi noted that Pronexus
tools are specifically designed for building complex callflows of speech applications
(as opposed to many GUI-based tools typically used to configure and administer
Asterisk).

“Our customers are speech Developers, not PBX users or Administrators,” Kozminksi
said.

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