VoiceIP Solutions is a Asterisk ‘consulting & deployment’ company in Seattle Washington. They deploy Asterisk solutions for businesses of all sizes. From small offices to universities and call centers. They have sites deployed all over the United States, but mostly on the West Coast. I’ve been following them for some time; I guess they started deploying Asterisk before 1.2 was released. I talked to one of their sales rep’s(I think his name was Liam) about the business and wondered if they had done any development work? He told me that they had done some PHP work for managing larger installs and proceeded to direct me to one of there engineer/developers.
The Engineer(I can’t remember his name) told me that Digium‘s GUI was great, but was lacking for larger multi-site installations. I asked how? He told me that VoiceIP offers(mainly) Vanilla Asterisk with a flat dial plan. The problem(for him) became apparent as the small company began acquiring larger and larger customers. So he wrote BASH scripts that would read an ordinary spread sheet(.csv files) of names and numbers, to automaticlly generate Asterisk & Polycom configuration files.
After a number of months he added PHP, a MySQL database, and some links to other asterisk tools. The project is called, ‘Voice Provision'(or VP for short). The VP tool has some different features than Digium and the Trixbox’s GUI. VoiceIP Solutions developed their GUI for deployers(themselves more specifically), but many features are easy for anyone to use! See my screen shots. They sent me a copy and a populated database.
For instance, other GUI’s available for Asterisk use databases to create the dial plan, store users, voicemail and other configuration details. VP uses MYSQL to generate include files for the sip.conf, voicemail.conf, and extensions.conf. This means that any custom changes you make will not get overwritten by the GUI. VP also generates Polycom SoundPoint IP XML configuration files. With many options for Polycom phones and other SIP devices.
All in all I like it. It configures many Polycom phones and Asterisk SIP extensions from a spreadsheet, mass voicemail reset option, multiple line appearances can be made on the same Polycom phone and you can also create profiles for managing multiple sites on one PBX! Plus the script automatically generates extension list for the Polycom XML phone directory. I hope they release this as a GPL project…
Here is a link to VoiceIP Solutions if you want to check out their company.