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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....

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"

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!

Realtime Integration Of Asterisk 1.4 With Kamailio/OpenSIPS 1.5.x

AsteriskJabber/XMPPOpenLDAPOpenSIPSOpen SourceSuretec This has just appeared on voip-info.org via our Google Alerts and will answer
a lot of questions that appear on the Kamailio and OpenSIPS mailing lists:

http://www.voip-info.org/wiki/view/Realtime+Integration+Of+Asterisk+1.4+With+Kamailio+1.5.x

All that is left is to switch to LDAP[?] authentication using the OpenSIPS LDAP module and res_config_ldap Asterisk plugin ;-)

Cheers.

Testing your VoIP SIP security - sipvicious

Open SourceSuretec If these are available for anyone to download, then you should be testing your deployments with them. Here's a list of must have tools, guides and a great new book:

What is SIPVicious tool suite?

SIPVicious suite is a set of tools that can be used to audit SIP based VoIP systems. It currently consists of four tools:

- svmap - this is a sip scanner. Lists SIP devices found on an IP range
- svwar - identifies active extensions on a PBX
- svcrack - an online password cracker for SIP PBX
- svreport - manages sessions and exports reports to various formats




Of course, you'll already know this stuff.

Gavin.

Aberdeen hosts first advanced open source training course in Scotland

AsteriskOpenLDAPOpen SourceSuretec Aberdeen hosts first advanced open source training course in Scotland

Local business Suretec teams up with world experts at Digium to bring ‘eccentric and entertaining’ professional trainer to north-east Scotland

Open Source software expert, Gavin Henry, who is managing director of Aberdeen-headquartered Suretec Group has teamed up with telecoms training provider, Telespeak and Asterisk open source software specialists, Digium, to organise Scotland’s first advanced training course for open source telecoms professionals.

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