** Note: This meeting will be at our new meeting location! **
The Asterisk web site says: Asterisk is the world's leading open source telephony engine and tool kit. This month, our speaker will give us a hands-on demonstration of setting up a free PBX (Phone System) and IVR (Interactive Voice Response) system, using VoIP (Voice over IP) phones and a VoIP provider (Internet Phone Service).
Previously (back in the year 2000), Unigroup had presented the "Bayonne" Open Source Telephony Project.
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Location: The Cooper Union (http://www.cooper.edu) School of Engineering 51 Astor Place (8th Street, between 3rd and 4th Ave) East Village, Manhattan New York City Meeting Room: The Driscoll Room: 136E (1st Floor) Located on the North side of Astor Place (8th Street), between 3rd & 4th Avenues. Building lobby sign-in is required at the guard's desk. Enter the building, check in with the guard at the lobby for directions to the room. From the main entrance, keep going straight beyond the guard till the end of the hall, make a left, pass the elevators (on your left), keep going, and Room 136E will be on your right. Nearest mass transit stations are: '6' to Astor Place (stops right at The Cooper Union). 'R' to 8th Street, then walk about 2 blocks East. '4/5/6/R/N/Q' to Union Square, then walk South and East. 'B/D/F/V' to Broadway-Lafayette, then walk North and East. We believe free street parking becomes available at 6pm.
Topic: The Asterisk Open Source PBX/Telephony System: From The Ground Up!
We'll compile the code and start up the asterisk server. Then hook up a couple of phones so we can make an internal PBX call. From there, we'll register with a VoIP provider and make a real call to someone in the audience. Last, we can also build a basic voice response system to make a virtual "haunted house" for this coming October 31st.
The Asterisk Open Source PBX/Telephony Project http://www.asterisk.org GNU Telephony Meta Project http://www.gnutelephony.org GNU Telephony Resources http://www.gnutelephony.org/index.php/Project_Resources GNU Bayonne Telephony Project http://www.gnutelephony.org/index.php/GNU_Bayonne
Paul Charles Leddy has been a Linux Systems Administrator for about 10 years. The story of how he got involved with computer telephony is: "Dreaming of voice over the Internet since circa '96, when Paul heard about Mark Spencer's Asterisk, he just had to get it up and running. He downloaded the code onto his Mac laptop and had a dial tone within minutes: Wow! Since then, he has gone on to implement a few phone extensions, Interactive Voice Response playhouses, hooked up to a real live VoIP service or two, like Junction Networks and VoipJet, and helped friends and family discover the wonderful world of cheap talk, walking the walk."
Paul Charles Leddy is available for help and consultations.
Addison-Wesley Professional/Prentice Hall PTR has been kind enough to provide us with some of their books, which we will continue to raffle off as giveaways at our meetings. Addison-Wesley also has a new end-user discount, available through their User Group program. We will be announcing the details at our next meeting!
O'Reilly has been kind enough to provide us with some of their books, which we will continue to raffle off as giveaways at our meetings.
Unigroup would like to thank both companies for the support provided by their User Group programs.
Note: The chances tend to be about 1 in 5, that any attendee of our meeting will walk away with a fairly valuable giveaway (ie. many of these books are valued between $30 and $60)!
As always, all of the books will be available for review at the start of the meeting.
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FOOD AND REFRESHMENTS
Complimentary Food and Refreshments will be served. This includes "wraps" such as turkey, roast beef, chicken, tuna and grilled vegetables as well as assorted salads (potato, tossed, pasta, etc), cookies, brownies, bottled water and assorted beverages.
Please join us for this meeting, you won't want to miss it!