“Open Source” Voice Over IP (VoIP) explained:
The hardware required is industry standard, not proprietary. So the cost of implementing this open source voip phone system is just hardware (server, phones, switches) and labor costs – no expensive license fees. For fractions of the cost of a big-name VoIP System, iCepts is offering a fantastic phone system with some of the same (or better) features. And because these IP Telephony engines are released as Open Source software (providing access to the underlying source code), there is worldwide development and support, while being sponsored by for-profit corporations. These can be utilized with any number of phone extensions – from only a few up to several hundred.
The Open source VoIP systems that we are proposing still utilize the traditional phone lines from carriers (Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, etc.) that a company already has in place. When using these telephone circuits, local or long-distance calls aren’t being sent “over the Internet” (except in cases of branch access to the phone system via VPN). However, there is also the capability to utilize Internet Telephone Service Providers either as a backup to traditional Telco lines, or to replace them, often at a very substantial cost savings*. Again, these Internet telephone providers are only an option, as traditional lines, such as T1’s or analog (POTS) lines can continue to be used.
We also have the capability to interface this phone system (or another Asterisk based phone system) to the software packages that we support, including Microsoft Dynamics NAV (Navision) and others. With this Click-to-Call interface, we can allow employees to place calls to customers or vendors (or other contacts w/ phone numbers) directly from the ERP application itself. For example, a customer service representative could be in an order screen in Microsoft NAV and just click the Click-to-Call button. His/her desktop phone (or softphone) rings and the phone system automatically dials and connects the customer/vendor call to the phone of the representative.