Digium's New IP Phones Leverage the Power of Asterisk

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Digium's New IP Phones Leverage the Power of Asterisk

August 08, 2016

Digium, the primary developer and sponsor of the Asterisk project, created a free, open source software that converts your desktop into a communication server with today's most popular features. The Asterisk platform delivers an alternative to propriety phone systems by allowing users to create communication solutions based on open standard and open-source software. The next generation IP phones Digium just launched have been specifically engineered to take advantage of all the capabilities of Asterisk and Switchvox, giving users more options and greater flexibility without the trappings of propriety systems.

Asterisk has a community of more than 80,000 developers and users in over 170 countries around the world who are able to create VoIP communication solutions designed specifically for their particular needs. In addition to Asterisk, the new IP phones also incorporates Switchvox, Digium's affordable enterprise-class Unified Communications (UC) and UC as a Service (UCaaS) solutions that can be deployed on-premises or hosted in the cloud.

According to Digium, new IP phones, the D65, D62 and D60, are the only IP handsets specifically engineered to fully leverage the power of Asterisk and Switchvox. They feature large color displays, integrated applications, customization options and ease of deployment.

The phones include the Digium Phone App Engine, which allows developers to run user-developed JavaScript applications to improve productivity of different communications needs. Some of the apps include interactive voicemail, visual call parking, one-touch call recording, searchable contact directory and presence management.

“Digium phones are the only phones tightly integrated with Asterisk and Asterisk-based phone systems, including Digium's Switchvox. No other phones on the market offer their advanced feature set,” said Malcolm Davenport, Digium senior product manager.

The phones feature: wireless headset support, 2 to 6-line keys with 20 scrolling pages of Rapid Dial/Busy Lamp Field (BLF) keys,  and dual 10/100/1000 Mbps network ports. The D65 and D62 require Gigabit networking, while the D60 does not.

The new release of Switchvox 6.3 improves the UC capabilities of the previous version with two standout features. The first one is multicast audio support, which allows phones to receive wide-area announcements and pages without losing valuable additional resources from the Switchvox system. The second feature is a noticeable improvement to call parking so users can create multiple custom-defined parking lots and assign them to different users and groups.

The new Digium phone models are now available.

Edited by Alicia Young

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