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UC Expo 10th March

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A quick note to say we will be attending UC Expo - The UK's leading Business Enterprise Communications Event.

I know we've been very quiet this year, but there's a good reason for this. Keep your eyes pealed for a big announcement in the next few months about our new VoIP provider (Internet Telephony Service Provider) - SureVoIP (redirects to main site for now).

Gavin.

Yubico key has arrived!

AsteriskCatalystJabber/XMPPOpenLDAPOpenSIPSOpen SourcePerlPostgreSQLSquidSuretec It's taken us a while to get round to ordering one of these Yubikeys from Yubico, but they do look great and have lots of documentation via the wiki.

We're going to be testing them via the pam module for SSH access (and of course using pam_ldap).

So, users in LDAP[?] via pam, and a Yubikey, let's see how it goes!

(will be interesting for logging in a SIP handset via Asterisk or FreeSWITCH that needs one too and all the others technologies Suretec use and support (Catalyst, Perl, PostgresSQL, Squid and more....). We'll see....

Suretec Telecom in the Oil and Gas press

AsteriskLinuxOpen SourceSuretec Suretec Telecom are featured in Platform Oil and Gas magazine:

PLATFORM is a high quality, monthly magazine with editorial, features and advertising relevant to professionals in the oil and gas industry. As well as news, views and technological developments, attention is focused on new products and services, innovations, legislation, contract awards and on the people who form the backbone of the industry.

The Oil and Gas magazine read by decision makers

The monthly magazine for the UK oil and gas industry.
Read onshore and offshore.
* The best way to publicise your business and services.



Full article





and Roustabout Energy International magazine:

Established in Aberdeen in 1972 by Roustabout Publications Ltd., the magazine is one of the longest running, privately owned monthly publications covering the energy sector in the UK and overseas.

The magazine is headquartered in Aberdeen, Scotland, the acknowledged centre of UK North Sea activity. Its international presence is enhanced by representation in Houston, Texas, and an agent in Dubai, serving the Middle East region.

Magazine Circulation: 10000 Aberdeen and North East Scotland 6000 - Other areas in UK 1000 - International 3000


Full article (page 62).

Aberdeen’s Suretec Telecom helps holiday dreams come true with open source call recording

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Companies at opposite ends of the UK work together to produce innovative software solution – without ever meeting up




Aberdeen-based Suretec Telecom is in the business of supporting a company that makes holiday dreams come true. Specialising in tailor-made holidays, luxury hotels, unique tours and cruises, DreamTicket luxury holidays is a niche holiday provider to the UK travel market, and it prides itself on operating cost-effectively without ‘middle-men’ so it can keep its prices keen. And it’s based in Surrey.

Suretec Telecom knows how important it is for small and medium-sized businesses to be cost-conscious, and it makes sure that its customers get high tech solutions to telecom questions, at a very competitive price.

‘Dreamticket is a very successful niche holiday business,’ says Gavin Henry, managing director of Suretec Telecom, which was launched in 2009. ‘It grew considerably from its early beginnings to around 11 employees in 2004 – and its telephone system is its lifeblood for providing customers with the right holiday to satisfy their dreams. That’s where we come in.’ Continue reading "Aberdeen’s Suretec Telecom helps holiday dreams come true with open source call recording"

Aberdeen Techmeetup tomorrow

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We founded the TechMeetup because there is an abundance of events for entrepreneurs to meet investors and lawyers, and next to nothing for techies and tech. Considering the wealth of tech talent around (yes you), why haven’t we made the effort before to get to know everyone – see what else everyone is working on – get help on our projects from others – and talk about some of the cool stuff we’re doing – web apps, software, mobile apps, hardware, games…


I'll be there at the Aberdeen Techmeetup 6.30pm tomorrow:

TIME: Wed, 21th Oct, 6.30pm

VENUE: North Side Meston Building, Aberdeen Uni (map)

SPEAKERS: Gavin MacLean, James Littlejohn

Suretec now have a merchant account!

AsteriskCatalystDojoJabber/XMPPLinuxOpenLDAPOpenSIPSOpen SourcePerlPostgreSQLSquidSuretec It's been a long process, almost 6 weeks, what with the new laws regarding PCI DSS compliance as of the 1st of October 2009, PCI DSS Scans, Business plans, website terms and connditions and many more things we have a merchant account at last!!!

This is mainly for our new Internet Telephony Service Provider called SureVoIP which is currently live with various customers but has no front facing sales and marketing site yet, only the admin and customer portal.

We'll keep you posted with a proper press release in due course.

Thanks,

Gavin.

OpenSIPS 1.6.0 - a newmajor release is out

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After almost 7 months from the last major release (1.5.0), OpenSIPS evolves with a new major release, 1.6.0.

OpenSIPS 1.6.0 comes with several critical improvements (DB area, dialog support), but also with new functionalities
(like memchaced support, B2Bua implementation, virtual DB URLs, STUN server, JSON support, new AAA/RADIUS interface, etc).

A complete compilation with all the additions and improvements for *OpenSIPS 1.6.0 *release is available under:
http://www.opensips.org/Main/Ver160

Many thanks to all the people who got involved in this release (and in the overall OpenSIPS project) and contributed with code, with testing and debuging, with patches or reports, with support on the lists, help with packaging and documentation.
I will avoid listing names, not because they do not deserve it, but simply because it will impossible to list list everybody here and I do not what to be unfair with some of them (because I simply forgot a name or because of the limited space).

But nevertheless, I want to thanks you all for out great job and not in my behalf, but in the behalf of people who will find this piece of software a useful tool.

The full Changelog is available here:
http://opensips.org/pub/opensips/1.6.0/src/ChangeLog


To get the OpenSIPS 1.6.0 version, see :

website page: http://www.opensips.org/Resources/Downloads

SF project:
https://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=232389&package_id=281827&release_id=670379

Note that for the moment only the source tarballs are available. The packages (debs,rpms, etc) will be generated starting now. If anybody can help in generating packages for different distros or architectures, please let me know and I will upload them on the website.


Best regards,
Bogdan

Suretec Telecom finds WARP Enterprise 'rock solid'

AsteriskOpen SourceSuretec From WARP Enterprise from PIKA Makes Deploying SMB IP-PBX Applications Even Easier:

Based in Aberdeen, Scotland, Suretec Systems has recently launched a new telecom business to meet the needs of small and medium-sized businesses looking for cost-effective and highly featured telephone systems.

PIKA’s WARP Enterprise PBX platform is the perfect fit for Suretec’s new Telecom business,” said Suretec managing director Gavin Henry. “It is so flexible in how it can be deployed and configured, yet remains a rock solid platform for any enterprise.

“Our customers have all expressed interest in not only the huge cost savings that can be achieved with open source products, but the feature richness, stability and support,” Henry added. “WARP Enterprise meets the cost targets and also saves us recurring integration expenses over the long run, with stable components that don’t churn on a yearly basis.”

Create an Asterisk hotline/autodial/PLAR without Asterisk!!!

AsteriskOpen SourceSuretec Just a quick one to say that when you think you need Asterisk for a customer request, sometimes you don't!!

A question from a customer yesterday:

Do you know of an IP desk telephone that can be used on a
hotline/autodial/PLAR type basis? Ie pick up one phone and the other
rings, etc.

Tricky bit... no call manager of any sort in-between... just the
phones
direct on the network.



Aastra to the rescue!!! Any of the new 67XXi ranges have a feature either per line or globally like so:

Autodial Settings

Autodial Number
Autodial Timeout


Simply add an IP address in the Autodial Number field for line 1 and when you pick up the handset it dials the other phone on that IP directly. No need to put Asterisk in between or any other system, other than pure IP.

Nice!

P.S. I'm sure most of the business grade IP phones out there can do the same.

Aberdeen-based Suretec launches Telecom division

AsteriskOpen SourceSuretec Open source software the key to cost-effective business phone systems, says Gavin Henry, saving tens of thousands of pounds at the outset

Aberdeen-based Suretec Systems, the successful open source IT systems specialist, has launched a telecom business to meet the needs of small and medium-sized businesses looking for cost-effective and highly featured telephone systems. Oil and gas sector companies, along with professional services, travel and public sector organisations, are all taking an interest in the huge cost savings that can be achieved with open source products – and now for their telecoms systems, too.

Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce article - Aberdeen-based Suretec launches Telecom division

OilVoice article - Aberdeen-based Suretec launches Telecom division

Sourcewire press release - Aberdeen-based Suretec launches Telecom division

PublicTechnology.net - Aberdeen-based Suretec launches Telecom division
Continue reading "Aberdeen-based Suretec launches Telecom division"

Pika Warp Asterisk appliance with FreePBX

AsteriskLinuxOpen SourceSuretec We've been using the pikawarp for quite a while now in its CTI appliance function for our On-Hold marking product. However, it can also function as an Asterisk appliance.



We all know how powerful Asterisk is, but without an easy GUI like FreePBX it is hard for end users. That's where FreePBX on the warp comes in. It's fast, has all the usual features and even records calls as long as you have a decent size flash card. Oh, and it can fax too!!

For the price, customisation ability, documention and to have FreePBX and not the core Asterisk GUI it is a massive win for Pika!!!

Contact us for more information on deploying an Asterisk appliance for your organisation

Suretec VoIP platform coming soon - SureVoIP

AsteriskCatalystDojoJabber/XMPPLinuxOpenLDAPOpenSIPSOpen SourcePerlPostgreSQLSuretec A quick update:

SureVoIP a new startup ITSP will be launched by Suretec very soon. It is currently in development and being installed in a Scottish datacentre using various enterprise grade Open Source products. Keep an eye out for when it goes beta and will be available at http://www.surevoip.co.uk

[Unofficial] Sneak peak: OpenLDAP 2.4.17 almost out!

AsteriskOpenLDAPOpenSIPSOpen SourceSuretec There's been lot's of hard work gone into 2.4.17 and I say it every time, but this is the best release so far!

A huge thanks to the following significant contributors to this release:

Howard Chu (Symas Corp)
Hallvard Furuseth (University of Oslo)
Quanah Gibson-Mount (Yahoo! Inc)
Ralf Haferkamp (SUSE Linux)
Gavin Henry (Suretec Systems)
Pierangelo Masarati (Sys-Net)
Rein Tollevik (Basefarm AS)

It's been 3 months almost to the day since 2.4.16 so you'll see lot's of fixes and a new tool. It always amazes me that there are still bugs even though OpenLDAP is so stable, widely deployed and so fast! Well, software will always have bugs ;-)

The nice new tool is Slapschema: "Slapschema is used to check schema compliance of the contents of a slapd(8) database." See man slapschema (8)

For complete fixes etc. see the OpenLDAP CHANGES file.

Oh, and where are all my new docs? We've been so busy with existing and new clients that things have slipped, sorry. Lots of work with our partners Symas too and we're also prepping a new VoIP platform for Suretec Telecom called SureVoIP (which OpenLDAP plays a big part!).

More later and upgrade, upgrade, upgrade!!

Asterisk svn commit access for res_config_ldap granted.

AsteriskLinuxOpenLDAPOpen SourceSuretec Just a quick one to say that we now have svn commit access to the res_config_ldap RealTime driver to maintain it and the Asterisk LDAP[?] schema in the Asterisk source code.

Any bugs you find, please report them!
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