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Web-Enabling Asterisk Opens Asterisk to a New World of Developers

Web-enabling Asterisk began when native support for WebRTC was added

Digium®, Inc., the Asterisk® Company, at its annual AstriCon users and developers conference, unveiled Asterisk 12, a major milestone in the evolution of the world's most widely adopted open source communications engine. Asterisk 12 features an improved architecture and a new RESTful API that enables a broad range of business application developers to build custom communications solutions using their programming language of choice.

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The new API, the Asterisk REST Interface (ARI), gives developers a high-level tool for controlling Asterisk's operations including calling, conferences, call recording, sound file playback, and many more. Previously, the level of control enabled by ARI had been reserved for C programmers capable of building core modules into Asterisk. Now, using ARI, powerful communications applications can be built quickly and easily using common web development languages such as Python, PHP and JavaScript. This leap forward has been made possible by an improved architecture, specifically engineered to expose a robust API feature set through a simple interface.

"This is the next chapter in the strategy to web-enable Asterisk," said Danny Windham, CEO of Digium. "Web-enabling Asterisk began when native support for WebRTC was added last year in Asterisk 11, and it continues today in Asterisk 12 with its architectural improvements and the addition of the Asterisk REST Interface. We're looking forward to new business app developers discovering the amazing things they can do with Asterisk 12."

"Asterisk 12 marks some of the most significant changes to Asterisk since the 1.0 release at the first AstriCon developers conference nearly 10 years ago," said Matt Jordan, project lead of the Asterisk Development Team at Digium. "Asterisk has long been a disruptive force in the marketplace because it makes custom communications accessible on a mass scale. Asterisk 12 continues this theme by opening up the power of Asterisk, through the Asterisk REST Interface, to a new, expansive audience of business application developers."

Asterisk 12 includes numerous architectural improvements, made both to facilitate ARI as well as to ease adoption of Asterisk's existing APIs. The Asterisk Manager Interface (AMI), Call Detail Records (CDR) and Channel Event Logging (CEL) have all been substantially improved by taking advantage of this new architecture. Accompanying Asterisk 12's improved architecture and APIs is a new, more flexible SIP channel driver based on Teluu's PJSIP stack.

For more information about Asterisk, or to download Asterisk 12, available now in beta, please visit www.asterisk.org.  For more information about Digium, please visit www.digium.com.

About Digium
Digium®, Inc. provides Asterisk® software, telephony hardware, and on-premises and hosted Switchvox business phone systems that deliver enterprise-class Unified Communications (UC) and UC as a Service (UCaaS) solutions at an affordable price. Digium is the creator, primary developer and sponsor of the Asterisk project; the world's most widely used open source communications software. Asterisk turns an ordinary computer into a feature-rich communications server. A community of more than 80,000 developers and users worldwide uses Asterisk to create VoIP communication solutions in more than 170 countries. Since 1999, Digium has empowered developers to create innovative communications solutions based on open standards and open source software, providing an alternative to proprietary phone systems. Digium Switchvox Cloud and other cloud-based products and services are offered through Digium Cloud Services, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Digium, Inc. Digium's business communications products are sold through a worldwide network of reseller partners. More information is available at http://www.digium.com and http://www.asterisk.org.

The Digium logo, Digium, Asterisk, and the Asterisk logo are trademarks of Digium, Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

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