September 24, 2008
Digium Recognizes Asterisk Innovation
By Stefania Viscusi, Assignment Desk Editor
Digium, the Asterisk (News - Alert) company, is taking time to honor those deployments of their open source telephony platform that are most innovative, creative and commercially successful with 2008 Digium (News - Alert) Innovation Awards, being presented today at AstriCon, the conference and exhibition dedicated to Asterisk.
These awards are given to those deployments of Asterisk that provide "cost-effective, flexible and scalable support for telcos, SMBs, government agencies" and for "one-of-a-kind applications."
“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 (News - Alert), creator of Asterisk and Digium’s chief technology officer.
Only five awards are given each year.
This year's winner of the Pioneer Award is GreenfieldTech, with a solution, Shema-Israel, which leverages Asterisk to allow people from around the world to pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.
Also, Integrics Ltd. is being honored with the Big Biz Asterisk Award for their use of Asterisk and other open source technologies for Enswitch, "the basis for highly scalable, redundant, cluster-aware commercial telephony services."
This year's ROI Award is presented to Emdeon (News - Alert) Business Services for their creation of an Asterisk-based telephone inquiry system allowing healthcare providers to more quickly and easily verify Medicaid recipients.
The Inside Out Award is being presented to PhonePlay, a provider of big-screen games for crowds of people to play using mobile phones and controllers. With Asterisk, the company is able to bridge players' phones and the game software.
And finally, the Honorable Mention award goes to NTT Software Corp. this year for the company's trial of Asterisk used in a gateway and terminal for VoIP, in a bid to expand calling options for its business customers. The company is also the first major telecommunications company in Japan to use Asterisk in its network.
“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," said Spencer.
Those Asterisk innovators interested in competing for the 2009 awards can already do so HERE.
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Stefania Viscusi is an assignment editor for TMCnet, covering VoIP, CRM, call center and wireless technologies. To read more of Stefania’s articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Stefania Viscusi