One aspect of TADHack is we bring many smart, influential and knowledgeable people together focused on programmable telecoms. TADHackANZ have a number of interviews and presentations live-streaming over this weekend, you can see them on the TADHack YouTube channel. We have a playlist dedicated to the live streams from all locations, so you can watch the interviews either live or recorded. Below is the schedule over Saturday 23rd Sept and Sunday 24th Sept, all times Australian Eastern Standard .
TADHackANZ Saturday 23 September
11:00am QUT Foundry – Introductions and who are they? Speaking with Angela Dahlke and Graham Fellows, the community managers of QUT Foundry.
11:30am Trumbull Unmanned – They are out here as part of Advanced QLD program HotDesQ. Trumbull Unmanned safely integrates and flies drones in challenging and austere environments to collect and analyze data. http://www.trumbullunmanned.com
12:00pm Zero Day Solutions (BNE) – They are a Brisbane based cybersecurity company. We are computer security researchers who focus on long-term security strategies for our clients. https://zerodaysolutions.net/
12:30pm Dr Monique Mann is a lecturer at the School of Justice, and a member of the Crime and Justice Research Centre (CJRC) and the Intellectual Property and Innovation Law (IPIL) Research Group, in the Faculty of Law at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Monique is advancing a program of socio-legal research on the intersecting topics of police technology, transnational policing and surveillance. http://staff.qut.edu.au/staff/mannm3/
1:00pm Dr Matthew Rimmer is a Professor in Intellectual Property and Innovation Law at the Faculty of Law, at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). He is a leader of the QUT Intellectual Property and Innovation Law research program, and a member of the QUT Digital Media Research Centre (QUT DMRC) the QUT Australian Centre for Health Law Research (QUT ACHLR), and the QUT International Law and Global Governance Research Program. Rimmer has published widely on copyright law and information technology, patent law and biotechnology, access to medicines, plain packaging of tobacco products, intellectual property and climate change, and Indigenous Intellectual Property. http://staff.qut.edu.au/staff/rimmer/
1:30pm Kara Burns has just finished a PhD Candidate investigating the role of the patient generated health data and its effect on patient engagement and reflecting the patient experience. Why patient engagement? Apart from being dubbed the ‘blockbuster drug of the century’ research shows that engaged patients are cheaper for the health system and have better health outcomes.
2:00pm Prof Rafael Gomez (GER) is co-leader of the Design Fabrication Theme for the QUT Design Lab and is a prominent researcher in the field of emotional experience, wearable tech and 3D printing. He is also coordinator of second year Industrial Design, School of Design, Creative Industries Faculty at QUT. http://staff.qut.edu.au/staff/gomezr/
TADHack ANZ Sunday 24 September
11:00am muru-D – Introductions and who are they? Speaking with Julie Trell, the CEO of muru-D
11:30am SiteSee (BNE) – SiteSee’s web accessible software as a service (SaaS) enables clients to remotely visualise and analyse their critical infrastructure within an interactive real-world environment. Make informed decisions, reduce costs and improve safety by accurately understanding the true condition of your infrastructure without leaving the office. http://www.sitesee.com.au/
12:00pm Travello App (BNE) was the brainchild of two avid travellers, Ryan and Mark. They noticed there was no efficient way for travellers to connect with other travellers when they arrived at a destination. And also no way to communicate with travellers in the location they were heading to. Facebook just wasn’t cutting it! http://www.travelloapp.com
12:30pm Abyss Solutions (SYD) – The founders of Abyss strongly believe that the last exploration frontier, the oceans, are a gold mine of challenges that their combined skills and vision can solve. Before going to the depths of Mariana trench, Abyss tackled issues closer to home in the form of urban water infrastructure inspection and maintenance. This application is critical to the sustainability and safety of all cities and towns. http://abysssolutions.co/
1:00pm FluroSat (ADL) combines state-of-the-art remote sensing technology and sophisticated analysis pipelines to provide solutions to compelling problems of modern crop production, such as stress identification, efficient resource inputs and maintenance of yield. https://www.flurosat.com/
When it comes to the communications industry, nothing, and I mean nothing is worse that Spam. Spam calls and messages are worse than Spam “meat” in a can. In 2016, people in the United States of America were scammed out of more than $350 million dollars by over 29 billion …
It’s been a few years since Martin Geddes has joined the VUC. Today, we’ll be talking about Just Right Networks. He publishes an excellent newsletter, you can subscribe to it here.
Martin Geddes is a network performance scientist and pioneer of quality management in digital supply chains. As well as running his own telecoms consulting business, he is also co-founder of Just Right Networks Ltd. This start-up delivers Virtual Quality Network solutions that apply proven ‘lean’ concepts to telecoms for the first time. His previous jobs have included senior technical roles at BT, Telco 2.0, Sprint and Oracle. He holds an MA in Mathematics & Computation from the University of Oxford.
Tosync properly for the next major release of Kamailio (v5.1.0) and ongoing development, we propose an IRC devel meeting for next week, on Wednesday, Sep 27, 2017. An alternative would be the following day, Sep 28, or if there are many devs that want to attend and cannot do it these days, we can look at another date. Just propose new day and time via sr-dev mailing list.
The meeting is going to be held as usual in the #kamailio channel on freenode.net IRC network.
A wiki page was created to collect the topics that are wanted to be discussed:
One of the most recent project that FSFE in taking on board is to give the community a new definition and everyone to come on a common voice on what are the values and what is it’s mission and goals.
Since its founding in 2001, individuals engaged in the FSFE, from coordinators and volunteers to full-time employees, have come to develop their understanding of what FSFE is and what our shared values are. Sometimes the views expressed by individuals have been similar to one another, sometimes they have diverged. That’s all fine, since people’s thoughts and perceptions are constantly changing.
A strategy review in 2014 identified at least seven different ways that people give on describing and communicating FSFE. This phenomenon is a result of the process of change and is all fine. Moving forward, we see a need for us to come together under a common identity; a shared understanding of what FSFE is, what’s important in our work, what values we have and share, and how this shapes FSFE of the future.
With the FSFE in 2020 project, we are looking to redefine and renew the identity of FSFE, a process similar to one we undertook when founding the organisation.
Now, 15 years later, we will be able to reflect on our work over the years and come to an understanding of what aspects of our identity has remained genuine and guided the organisation through these 15 years.
Our primary focus will be on taking interviews from volunteers, coordinators, employees and others who feel that they have a connection with FSFE. We will also talk to people outside of the FSFE who have come in contact with our work and will be able to reflect not only on how we perceive the FSFE inside of it, but how we’ve managed to convey our identity to the public over the years.
We will ask individuals to participate in interviews, sometimes directly, sometimes by asking for people who are interested in participating. We’ll conduct surveys circulated through our community and newsletter, and we will share our findings regularly, on our web pages, and on our team wiki (https://wiki.fsfe.org/Teams/FSFE-in-2020)
We’re starting on an exciting adventure, and we hope you will join us on our way forward!
Do you know how cheap it is to dive into telephony with FreeSWITCH? You can just wake up one day and decide you want to build a simple network, or you say, “I want to build a robust network with redundancy, load balancing and all that fancy stuff.” I came …
This week we’ll be talking with Dan Jenkins. Dan is the founder of Nimble Ape, and a self-described web developer. Despite this fact, he’s a regular speaker at well-established pseudo-telecom conferences, including Astricon, ClueCon and Kamailio World. Heck, he’s made several appearances on past VUC calls. Yet somehow, he remains unfulfilled. What to do? What to do?
Bone weary from travelling hither, tither and yon. Fearful of his ever-improving relationship with the airlines, he comes to a conclusion. “I’ll create a new conference, closer to home in the UK, where it just happens that there are no RTC-focused conferences for web developers, like myself!” Given the lack of an RTC component in events like State Of The Browser by London Web Standards, I’d say it’s a brilliant idea!
Just this week, Dan announced COMMCON 2018. Scheduled for June 25-28, 2018, the conference is described as, “The UK’s only open-source real-time communications conference.” Moreover, Dan has secured what looks to be a fantastic venue in Wotton House, in Surrey, UK.
It’s early days yet, but the game has begun. Join us this week to see what’s being planned. What dreams may come. It’s the opportunity to consider the design of a conference from scratch. The opportunity to seek out even Krankier Geeks, and give them a stage in a beautiful setting.
We want to highlight another project that uses Kamailio, which together with FreeSwitch, is part of PyFreeBilling, an open source billing platform targeting VoIP wholesale. It is released under AGPLv3.
Yesterday Atlassian launched Stride, the team messaging and collaboration app set to succeed Hipchat (in the cloud offering). You may have read about in multiplenewsoutlets.
We are immensely proud to have played our part in Stride. The new meetings feature is powered by Jitsi Meet! We are also truly thankful to Atlassian for keeping the promise of continuing Jitsi’s development in the open.
Congratulations on the launch, Stride team, with compliments from your friends over at Jitsi. Stride on!
On August 17th, 2017 Seven Du held the sixth installment of the FreeSWITCH-CN developers salon held in Beijing, China. The conference was a big success and the team was so excited that they were invited to give a presentation about their project. While the team members were all scattered about …
Another summer of code is behind us, and we’re here to present what our GSoC students accomplished throughout the program. We had four students this year, and three of them completed their projects while one withdrew in the last third of the program.
Nik’s speech recognition project went very well. We now have jigasi performing speech recognition through the Google Cloud API and posting the results in a JSON structure to the jitsi-meet MUC (as well as saving them in a file). Work on displaying the results in the client’s UI in a superior way (currently they just go in the chat) is ongoing. We are very excited to see where this project will go in the future, as it has many interesting potential applications. And we are doubly excited because Nik will be joining the core Jitsi team here at Atlassian for an internship starting November. You can read Nik’s report of his project here.
Unfortunately Julian’s send side bandwidth estimation project did not go to according to plan, and he decided to withdraw from the program. We have some of the basic parts committed in libjitsi, and some more of the parts in unfinished PRs, and we plan to eventually finish the task outside of GSoC.
Chungxu worked hard in two projects: face recognition and a calendar view for Jitsi Meet Spot. We have great code for both projects and are very excited to integrate it in the near future (there are still some UI/UX aspects to figure out). You can read his report here.
Han also worked in two projects: an “always on top” view for Electron and the base application for Jitsi Meet Spot. His work on the Electron project got integrated and we’ll integrate the Spot part soon. We are very happy with his performance too! Read his report here.
We’d like to, once again, thank Google for the opportunity to be part of GSoC, we hope to do that again next year!
PS: “Jitsi Meet Spot? What is that?” I hear you say. Stay tuned!
Last day of FOSSCamp 2017, time to wrap things up !
Meeting at the beach to talk about this edition of FOSSCamp ; what went well, what went wrong, …
I think that everyçone agrees that FOSSCamp 2017 was awesome ! Everyone seemed to have a great time !
Some notes on what could be improved for the next edition :
– Fixed venue
– Double track (so people can choose which track they want to assist to)
– More talks/presentations
– Be able to submit talks/workshops before the event
Free time at the beach to enjoy the sea for the last time.
Then, as usual, back at our regular place to wrap everything up : finish the pending work and describe what we did during the week.
Then time to enjoy the Syros night life for the last time ;
Without forgetting to wish an happy birthday to Anxhelo Lushka !
Thanks to OpenLabs (https://openlabs.cc/) and Ura Design (https://ura.design/) for this awesome event !
Special thanks to Mandrakoukos Syrianos (https://www.openstreetmap.org/way/173717645) for hosting us everyday, the warm welcoming, the delicious drinks and the WiFi connection.
My first introduction to OpenStreetMap was almost a year ago, when Redon Skikuli, a fellow friend from Open Labs Hackerspace presented me this great project, which I really liked since the beginning.
I started contributing at OpenStreetMap, editing the map using ID editor in the beginning , adding information to the map, co-organizing small mapathons and events at the local hackerspace that I am part of, and telling people I know, advantages of using OSM.
As time passed by, I found out, that State of The Map, which is the annual gathering of OpenStreetMap enthusiasts from all around the world, would happen within a few months, in Aizuwakamatsu, Japan.
I applied with a presentation, and a few weeks later I received the confirmation email from Rob Nickerson. I was thrilled to find out that I was one of the chosen scholars by OSM Foundation to attend the conference, and that was a great opportunity to meet contributors from other countries and communities and go deeper into the OSM ideology.
Months passed by, after struggling to get the visa, with the huge help of Dorothea Kazazi, I finally made it.
The moment has come to attend SoTM for the first time !!
Long trip to arrive in amazing Aizuwakamatsu, but the excitement to be there was way more intense.
The conference started. After registering and receiving some swag and goodies provided by the organizing team and a delicious Japanese tea, time to start the sessions.
I held my presentation “How to start an OSM Community” during the first day of the event, in the main hall. I explained how the OSM Community in my country was created and how it grew up, I shared my thoughts about essentials that are needed to have a healthy community, gave some tips on how to encourage new people to join OSM and how to create communities based on a country’s historical and cultural background.
Didn’t forget to mention the importance of having more women involved, not only in OSM communities but in every other Free Open Source project.
After answering the questions that were kindly asked by the audience, I was ready to enjoy so many great talks, workshops and lightning talks I spotted on the agenda for the next three days, and a very productive ‘Local chapters’ meet up that happened the third day of the conference, where everyone shared thoughts about how local chapters and OSM Foundation can help each-other grow bigger. And shared the wish of the Albanian speaking community to become a chapter.
Worth mentioning the dinner that was organized for all the attendees where we enjoyed an exquisite traditional Japanese dinner, an amazing show with Aizuwakamatsu traditional music, followed by the OpenStreetMap Awards, organized by Ilya Zverev, where I was more than happy to announce the winner of one of the categories.
Well, after all I didn’t only get to know so many other OSM related projects that I didn’t know earlier, but also earned even more knowledge, learnt even more tools and ways to contribute to the map, and last but not least, I met incredible people that deeply inspired me. We shared not only our knowledge but also some wonderful moments and memories in Japan, that will remain in my mind for a very long time.
Let’s take a moment to thank the organizing team for a wonderful SoTM 2017 !
As one of the phrases I spotted on one of the presentations says : “ The big OpenStreetMap community is like a big family”
As usual, after having breakfast, we all meet at the cafeteria.
Today, we keep translating the Debian installer (and some packages) and Anxhelo Lushka showed us how to contribute with LibreOffice translation.
We then wen to visit the Industrial Museum of Ermoupoli (http://www.ketepo.gr/en/).
Quite interesting and really impressed by all the things done, for instance, Syros produced the Enfield 8000, an electrical car from 1973 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enfield_8000).
Lunch, back to the cafeteria and back to work.
Lior is the first one to leave, the end of FOSSCamp 2017 is unfortunately near …
Great achievement, we succeeded to translate 99% of the Debian installer into Albanian language ; work is almost complete :
Thanks again for the huge help provided by Lior Kaplan.
First plan for today, discover Syros island !
We all took the bus to go to Kini beach (https://www.openstreetmap.org/way/216120236) on the other side of Syros.
After a nice swim into the greek sea and enjoying the moring sun, we all gathered for the Debian meetup and talked about how to interact with open-source communities and what we can interact with Debian community (translation, graphic design, …) depending on the skills of everyone.
Then back to the sea to refresh ourselves and went back to Ermoupoli for lunch.
After a gargatuan lunch, back to our apartments to have a shower and then back to the regular place to attend to the OpenStreetMap meetup hosted by Jonathan Beliën.
After the meetup some people kept working on their project (Wikipedia pages about Syros in Albanian, WebVR, …).
And to end a perfect day, we all went to an open air cinema !
This morning was really REALLY quiet … People recovered from last nights adventure !
Quiet morning, a quick lunch and time to go to work !
Goal of the afternoon and evening : Debian installer translation in Albanian.
We had the pleasure to greet a new FOSSCamp attendee : Lior Kaplan, luckily, he is a member of the Debian community and told us how to download what’s needed to translate and which tool to use to ease the translation.
We split the work between every Albanian speaking attendee, meanwhile other attendees translated Debian installer in their native language. Some of us used POEdit, some used Gtranslator, and some of us went hardcore using text editor.
As new Debian contributors in the beginning we found it a little bit confusing since the starting process was a bit complicated, but with the support and help of attendees that already knew Debian before, it became much easier.
Here are some links of the translations we worked on, during FOSScamp.
Since Lior has a commit access to Debian he could review and upload directly the translated files and speed up the process ! We were very lucky to have him on board.
Andis Rado gave us a few tips about how to capture good pictures with our smartphone for Wikimedia Commons.
We then split in small teams to walk around the city of Ermoupoli to take pictures of the monuments and pointS of interest. We also enabled geolocation on our smartphones so the coordinates of the location where we took the picture is added to the picture.
Quite a productive morning, walking around the city allowed us to discover that beautiful city and some of it’s secrets.
We gathered all together to have lunch, enjoy some drinks, start uploading the pictures to Wikimedia, in a dedicated FOSScamp category and preparing the evening sessions.
Some of us went for a swim and time to go back to work already.
The first session of the evening was used to keep the work started this morning and continue to upload the pictures.
Unfortunately, the other session about Debian translation had to be postponed due to logistical issues !
We then all went for some drinks and enjoyed Ermoupoli night life !
Kamailio SIP Server v5.0.3stable is out – a minor release including fixes in code and documentation since v5.0.2. The configuration file and database schema compatibility is preserved, which means you don’t have to change anything to update.
Kamailio v5.0.3 is based on the latest version of GIT branch 5.0. We recommend those running previous 5.0.x or older versions to upgrade. There is no change that has to be done to configuration file or database structure comparing with the previous release of the v5.0 branch.
Recently, AI has been getting a lot of attention in the media. We hear all about the blood feuds between personal assistants and the exaggerated horror stories of sentient chat bots creating their own language. While the world of AI is much calmer than the media would prefer, the cushier …
First thing of the day, the whole team gathered to organize the day and following days around a nice breakfast and a cup of coffee.
Plenty of interesting things on the agenda (Wikipedia, OpenStreetMap, Mapillary, Debian, LibreOffice contributions but also workshops about differents topics such as WebVR, 360 cameras, …).
The goal is that everyone can learn and contribute to every topic on the agenda. Each project has it’s own project manager who organizes his/her event, and the other participants follow his/her lead during the project.
Each day is usually split in 3 parts :
– work during the morning ;
– break during the afternoon ;
– and work again during the evening ;
Once the agenda was defined, we all went to have a drink in a cafeteria then eat on the nice port of Syros.
During the afternoon, everyone could enjoy the nice island of Syros. Some people went for a swim and enjoy the sun !
After a nice afternoon of enjoying life, time to get to work again !
First, plans for this evening, contribution to Wikipedia with “Wiki loves maps” (lead by Nafie Shehu). Goal of the project is to add coordinates to the Wikipedia articles for Syros for which there are not coordinates yet, and add pages about points of interests in Syros which are not in Wikipedia yet.
Luckily, we have people speaking Albanian, Greek, French, Dutch, English, Italian, we could then check and contribute in many languages.
After Wikipedia contribution, we enjoyed a nice and really interesting talk about Mozilla WebVR, presented by Boris Budini, a young and enthiusiastic member of OpenLabs Hackerspace.
Quite a productive and interesting first day, ready for day 2 !
The keynote speeches at AstriCon are a significant part of the event, and other than the all-important Wrap-Up session, Dangerous Demos and Evening Receptions, they are the only all-participant sessions
Mastodon is a free, open-source federated social network currently has over 806,000 user inscriptions on 1,174 known instances. While it isn’t anywhere near menacing to take over Facebook’s population, Mastodon has an impressive history, compared to previous attempts at federated networks like laconi.ca (status.net), Diaspora, App.net, etc. Learn more at joinmastodon.org.
Hugo Gameiro of masto.host joins us to talk about the easiest way to create a Mastodon instance.
We’ve just finalized the TADHack Global banner. Wow is it packed this year! Its a great visualization of the TADHack community that comes together to celebrate developers, creativity and programmable telecoms. A big thank you for the global sponsors, Apifonica, Matrix, Telestax, Temasys, Vidyo; and the over 50 partners from around the world running locations. If you’ve not yet registered, please register now, thanks.
The diversity of partners is a clear and important demonstration of the importance programmable telecoms plays in many industries. I consider it to the the largest grass roots effort by innovators from around the world to help educate people on programmable telecoms and help ideas grow into profitable companies that make a difference in their communities and beyond.
I’ve heard the joke hundreds of times, “We work in telecommunications but my team can’t communicate!” When working hard all day on technology that helps other people connect, it’s difficult to find the time to focus on our own communication skills. Whether you’re a manager, employee …
GNU Taler is an electronic payment system under development at Inria. They expect to make it operational in 2017. You can learn about Taler on this website, try the demo and look at developer and API documentation.
You can find some good hints and tips about using Kamailio for building intelligent SIP routing.
As usual, we would like to thank for spending time and financial resources for promoting Kamailio. Should you present at a large world wide event or small meetup in your area and have some notes about Kamailio, we definitely appreciate it a lot and we are more than happy to host a copy of the slides on our events directory:
This week’s community spotlight is on Fred Muteesa from Uganda; Fred travelled over 10 hours to attend ClueCon Developers conference this year and is a man of many talents. I had the honor of interviewing him during the conference and he shared some information on a few projects he …
Kathleen will have some observations about this most recent conference. Giovanni will tell us about the new book, Freeswitch 1.8 from Pakt Publishing. He and Anthony literally wrote the book on Freeswitch…again!
Muteesa Fred from Liquid Telecom in Uganda will share his thoughts on his very first trip to the US for Cluecon, and the incredible process that was required to make that possible.
State of the Map is the annual event for all mappers and OpenStreetMap users. The event will last three days in the central Japan with talks, discussions, workshops, code and documentation sprints all around the free and open map of the world.
I am really excited this year to participate to State of the Map 2017 and hold a presentation about Community building, attend other presentations and workshops related to OpenStreetMap projects, and learn more about everything related to it, and meet members from other countries communities. This will be, as far as I know, the first presence of Albanian based OSM contributors to a SoTM edition. I will participate along with my fellow friend and OSM contributor Sidorela Uku.
During the next days I’ll be updating this post with photos and videos from the event.
The last few days were full of surprises, Zurich is a city with many places to discover.
It all started during OSCAL, were I had a talk with a friend of mine about agriculture, he held a short presentation at OSCAL about this topic and afterwards I was told that a meeting is organized in Zurich related to Open Agriculture and Food Computer and that I was invited to attend the meeting.
I started planning my journey to attend the meeting and also enjoy as much of Switzerland as I can. I was thrilled to find out that in the same days I was going to be in Zurich other activities were organized as well, like: CoSin an open source conference, A party at Seed city (which is a community garden) and last but not least a Debian release party.
Here we go, I arrived in Zurich. After visiting the city I started a trip to Biel, a city close to Zurich to attend CoSin, and also be there during Debian release party that coincidenced the same day as the conference. I was companied by three good friends of mine, Vera, Marc and Daniel, and met other members and contributers from Debian community that explained benefits of using Debian and motivated me to join the community and desire to contribute in Debian projects.
We met really interesting people there, and had quite good discussions while having a drink in the garden.
Later on, I went to visit Seed City, where I met so many people, different ages, nationalities, and cultures but with a common purpose, to love and take care of the nature.
I was amazed by the work and passion that was implemented in that place and was on volunteer bases. While the party continued I had a tour around the garden with Barbara, a really kind member of the community, that explained me how everything works and showed me the diversity of plants they had there.
It was my last day in Zurich, the preparations for the Open Agriculture and Food Computer meetup were almost ready. It was organized at ETH Zurich, which is a science, technology, engineering and mathematics university.
The meetup was attended by people with different backgrounds, yet, really interested in the project.
Daniel, held a presentation with a lot of valuable information about the food computer and first steps to start building it. Everyone shared their own opinions and ideas about the topic and It was amazing to see how people were willing to engage and help building a food computer in their own countries or cities.
I was happy to come in Tirana so motivated and happy to share with other community members at Open labs Hackerspace everything I learned about Debian, and also tell them about the Open Agriculture and Food Computer project.
We’re pleased to announce Vidyo, a leader in embedded video, is the latest TADHack Global 2017 sponsor. Vidyo also sponsored TADHack-mini Orlando in March and had some impressive hacks created using their Vidyo.io platform. Their overall winners were Bruno Alves, Shibli, and Jerry Reed from Valencia College with “Whos_up”. A video and text chat app, that enables students in on-line classes to communicate without sharing their personal contact info. It’s a great solution to a real world problem they face.
Vidyo visually connects the world through embedding the highest quality, most scalable, interactive video communications platform into the broadest and most innovative applications, workflows and IoT (Internet of Things) devices.
Some of the industries Vidyo serves include: Healthcare, Financial Services, Education, Field Services, Banking, Government, High Tech, Manufacturing, Legal and Retail.
Healthcare is a market where Vidyo is seeing particular traction. Vidyo-powered telemedicine helps care providers reduce readmissions, increase patient engagement and improve health outcomes. The award-winning platform, which is integrated within three of the four largest US electronic health record (EHR) vendors, added more than 50 major healthcare systems in the US to its rapidly expanding customer base of more than 295 health systems during its past fiscal year.
A recent telebehavioral health company named Level Therapy, leveraged the Vidyo.io developer platform to create an app, which combats the challenges of stigma, cost and access surrounding mental health care services. Level Therapy uses Vidyo to provide its patients with a platform to privately connect with health professionals over video from anywhere.
“We are excited to participate in TADHack Global. It’s very cool to be a part of the largest one weekend hackathon that spans 30 cities around the world. We’re keen that TADHack’s diverse group of developers see how easy it is to solve problems using Vidyo’s interactive video communications. We give developers the tools to embed visual communications easily into any application imaginable and we can’t wait to see the innovation at TADHack Global 2017,” said Gary Schwartz, Vice President of Corporate Marketing at Vidyo.
“Welcoming Vidyo back to TADHack is exciting, their technology created great hacks at TADHack-mini Orlando” – stated TADHack’s founder Alan Quayle. “We want developers to see how powerful and also how easy interactive video communications can be added to applications, services and business processes.”
(1) the define conditions on SQL_ACC were removed — this was enabled for more than 10 years and only made the code look complex and hard to follow up its logic.
(2) the code related to DIAMETER accounting was relocated to acc_diameter (new) module. It was a consistent size of code that was not enabled for sooo… long. It is now a dedicated module, similar to acc_radius. The diameter accounting code, even a new module now, is in the same stage, compiling but not tested, in pair with auth_diameter module, it may work, but very likely not.
In summary, what’s important for those using the acc module — it offers the same functionality as it was enabled by default in the past 10 years or more: writing accounting records to syslog and sql databases — only the unused code was relocated.
The acc module is now slimmer, only with the code that it needs, therefore easier to maintain and enhance for the future. For any issue, as usual open a report on Github project portal.
This week, we’re spotlighting one of our partners, Logista Solutions. Handling a broad range of technology management solutions, the company has grown since its founding in 1983. Today, Logista Solutions
Paul Vixie (@paulvixie) is this week’s guest. Dr. Vixie was inaugurated into the Internet Hall of Fame as one of the “Individuals from around the world who have made significant contributions to the global growth and use of the Internet.” He is one of the maintainers of BIND, and we’re honored to have him with us to talk about DNS RPZ (Response Policy Zone). RPZ is a mechanism for use by DNS recursive resolvers to allow customised handling of the resolution of collections of domain name information (zones). Here’s a quote from “Nation scale Internet Filtering” that explains how he feels about it.
“My nation’s government invests a lot of time and money identifying illegal web sites, whether dedicated to terrorism, or infringement, or whatever. I’d like them to publish their findings in real time using an open and unencumbered protocol like DNS RPZ, so that those of us who want to avoid those varieties of bad stuff can voluntarily do so.”
Yayyy! For the first time we had a meeting in OpenLabs and a presentation dedicated to Debian.
In our hackerspace we have various GNU/Linux communities that are quite active such as Fedora,Redhat, OpenSuse and we were only missing Debian.
As soon as we got to know that Daniel Pocock (Debian Contributer and a big supporter of OpenLabs) wanted to organize a presentation: “Intro to Debian”, we immediately proceeded with creating the event and promoting it.
Even though it was summer and people usually go at the beach, a considerable number of people were highly interested to get to know how things really work in Debian and how their community is built. We were so happy to have someone who was willing to share with us his experience in this community.
I was fascinated by the way that the community was build: the inner structure was very horizontal, and in my opinion it’s quite unique on it’s own way.
We also had the chance to listen that people can contribute in such a variety number of fields, for those who come from technical background who can contribute at coding and those who come from social science fields who can very well start building communities or any other activity that they feel like they do best. This meetup was very constructive and we are sure that this won’t be the last one, other Debian presentations will soon start in our hackerspace from new contributors.
This week we are joined by Team Freeswitch, who are in the final stages of preparing for ClueCon 2017 at the Swissotel in Chicago. We’ll have an event preview from Kathleen King, Anthony Minessale, Ken Rice and Brian West. We’ll also be joined by Gavin Henry, Managing Director of SureVoIP, one of the event sponsors.
For years, Digium has been considered the best value in Unified Communications (UC) for its commitment to providing businesses with top-of-the-line VoIP phone systems with enterprise-class features at an affordable
Jitsi Meet has been available on mobile for some time now. The app works on both Android and iOS, and while it uses meet.jit.si to create conferences by default, it works with any custom Jitsi Meet deployment, just by specifying the full URL.
While this is very flexible and works for many, some want to integrate the Jitsi Meet experience into their own apps, pretty much the same way it can be done on the web with the external API. Today those users will be happy to hear we are launching the Jitsi Meet SDK for mobile.
It’s available for both Android and iOS and the Jitsi Meet app is now a very small application which uses the SDK. We are going to put together some comprehensive documentation, but in the meantime here is an introductory video, or alternatively: Use The Source, Luke!
We’ve added a new section to TADHack Global for 2017, Challenges and Ideas. Sponsored Challenges are challenges you can hack on that have prizes associated with them, you must use the global sponsor’s technologies in the hack. So even if you do not win a global sponsor prize or a location prize, you still have a chance for a sponsored challenge prize. Its a great way for more prizes to be available to people taking part in TADHack Global. Our first sponsored challenge is from Arcfire called “RINA Rumba – The Network Winter is Over”. We’re hoping to add many more sponsored challenges in the coming months.
The Recursive InterNetwork Architecture (RINA) is a computer network architecture that unifies distributed computing and telecommunications. RINA’s fundamental principle is that computer networking is just Inter-Process Communication or IPC. RINA reconstructs the overall structure of the Internet, forming a model that comprises a single repeating layer, the DIF (Distributed IPC Facility), which is the minimal set of components required to allow distributed IPC between application processes. RINA inherently supports mobility, multi-homing and Quality of Service without the need for extra mechanisms, provides a secure and programmable environment, motivates for a more competitive marketplace, and allows for a seamless adoption.
For TADHack you should see RINA as an innovative way to provide networking services, going beyond the Internet’s flaws and giving the application developer an easy way to build a distributed application. We want the focus to be on the seamless way to write and deploy a distributed application with inherent mobility, QoS awareness, security and isolation.
The other part of the new section is Hack Ideas, these are simply ideas people have sent in from all around the world. The first one, “Pay to Talk with Me” came from a tweet by Dean Bubley of Disruptive Analysis earlier this year. Others have come in from the amazing team running TADHack The Hague (Iperity and Bijou Consulting). The list is simply to help stimulate ideas for hacks. We recommend you find a problem that matters to you, as we’ve discussed in this weblog on What Happens at a TADHack, and build a solution to that problem using the global sponsors’ technologies that matters to you. However, we hope these ideas also help some of the people taking part. Building hacks to the hack ideas does not increase your chances of winning a prize.
We chat with Paul Gardner-Stephen, founder of the Serval Project. Serval is a telecommunications system comprised of at least two mobile phones that are able to work outside of regular mobile phone tower range due thanks to the Serval App and Serval Mesh. Secure end-to-end encryption and independence from cellphone networks and carriers are two advantages.
As every August for more than a decade, the ClueCon conference takes place again in Chicago, USA, during August 7-10, 2017. Mainly organised by the people behind FreeSwitch project, ClueCon is among those events where you can meet a large group of experienced people with open source realtime communication technologies.
Kamailio will be present with a talk by Fred Posner, one of our very active advocates of the project in North America and not only. His presentation is scheduled for Wednesday, August 9, at 10:45am:
Besides Fred, you will be able to meet other relevant members of Kamailio project or friends from the VoIP world! If you haven’t checked the event so far, do it very soon and consider to register, no much time left and ClueCon is always worth attending! Read moreabout the event at:
The coder games are coming up fast, so it’s time to get prepared! I’m heading the event so I thought it would be helpful to assemble a list of inspirations and ideas! What’s great about FreeCYCLED Hacks is that people of heavily technical backgrounds and those who …
Apifonica is a communications API provider based in Helsinki (Finland), with direct connection to over 120 carrier networks in 46 countries. As of July 2017, Apifonica’s solutions enable voice calls, SMS messaging and phone numbers inventory management for web and mobile applications serving more than a hundred million users worldwide.
Apifonica sees its mission in becoming a unified interface to global telecom infrastructure by ensuring messages and voice delivery across the globe. It strives to furnish developers with a uniform and consistent tool for deployment of SMS and voice-enabled apps across the largest single market in the world: the European Union, and beyond. Apifonica takes pride in its deep knowledge of the immense complexity of the traditional telecom’s inner workings, which is crucial to ensure both messages’ delivery and superb quality of voice connection while maintaining competitive pricing.
Apifonica’s 3 core products are:
SMS API: Programmatic access to SMS sending and reception, necessary to build text messaging solutions including two-way texting, SMS chats, two-factor authentication, trigger based notifications, message broadcasting and anything else.
Voice API: Facilitates the establishment, control and termination of voice calls between fixed, mobile and SIP endpoints, and enables fast deployment of all kinds of voice chat, call back, web call, and voice response software solutions.
Phone Numbers Inventory management by means of API call enables instant acquisition and release of phone numbers in dozens of countries, along with non-geographical SIP numbers.
Some example use cases from Apifonica’s customers include bulk texting, 2-way authentication, automated appointment reminders via voice & SMS, SMS alerts on tech assets malfunction and programmable IVR (Interactive Voice Response).
The World’s 4th largest classifieds ads website with more than 30 million active ads listed uses Apifonica’s disposable phone numbers to enable safe in-app communication between its users.
Eastern Europe’s largest ride-hailing service uses Apifonica to notify passengers about vehicle’s arrival by SMS. Since 2011, the service has served more than a hundred million rides in Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Georgia.
“We feel honored to be granted an opportunity to support TADHack Global. We strongly believe that we are entering a new era of user interfaces. The growth of the AI and increase in computing power will inevitably enable the most natural way of communication between the machine and the human: by means of voice and written natural word. As a provider of the infrastructure enabling this conversation between machines and humans, we are here to share this belief with the people who shape tomorrow’s tech and therefore, shape tomorrow’s way of life”, – said Janne Timonen, Managing director at Apifonica.
“We’re proud Apifonica are sponsoring TADHack Global. Programmable Telecoms is powerful and Apifonica are an impressive example of how these powerful APIs can be used to solve many business problems” – stated TADHack’s Alan Quayle. “We’re excited to see what people create using the Apifonica APIs at TADHack Global 2017.”
High Scale, Real-Time, Interactive Video Broadcasting to the Browser
SwitchRTC is a solution for real-time distribution of video to a large audience. It handles real-time, low delay, interactive video CDN (WebRTC CDN) as well as large scale multiparty video for B2B and B2C applications. Designed as a Cloud Native solution in a decomposed architecture with a 1-to-n relationship between the signaling and media servers, SwitchRTC allows for dynamic scaling and geographical load distribution as servers may run in different physical locations.
If you are wondering, we use this for: “Peer-to-peer for 1 to 1″. It does what it says: every time there are only two participants in a call, instead of using Jitsi Videobridge, Jitsi Meet will now connect them directly. It’s as simple as that.
There are two major wins with this feature. First and foremost, given how one-to-one calls often represent the majority of the conferences on most RTC services, taking them off of your infrastructure (NAT permitting) means that you don’t have to provide any resources for them. If you are running a Jitsi installation for a single company or group, this means that you now need even less hardware or even smaller VMs to service it. If, on the other hand, you are a large scale provider with thousands or tens of thousands of daily calls, this should significantly reduce your bill.
There is also a second advantage. While in a conference, the browser, Jitsi Videobridge and Jitsi Meet rely on things like simulcast and temporal scalability to adapt the amount of traffic they emit to the available network bandwidth. We have already explained adaptivity in more detail, but the gist of it is that with simulcast all endpoints send three versions of their video so that Jitsi Videobridge can choose and forward only one of them to every other participant. While this generally works quite well, it is also less precise than what endpoints are able to do when they talk directly to each other. Being in control of the encoder, and having to adjust it to only one receiver allows for a much wider variety of encoding options so you may notice that with this new feature your video quality adapts better to changing network conditions.
So how does this work exactly?
Let’s back up for a second. In the past, you might have heard us say that our Jitsi infrastructure supports multi-party calls natively. What we really mean by that is that all calls, including 1:1, are really just conferences for us. They were all hosted at Jitsi Videobridge, which routed all their media.
While this works really well, it also means that in cases with two participants, we unnecessarily burden the infrastructure in 1:1 scenarios where media could be flowing directly between users. That is actually quite significant since 1:1 calls, as already mentioned, often represent more than half of the calls on video conferencing services.
To solve this, we have implemented a new mode of operation that we activate automatically for conferences with two participants. With that mode we keep our bridge connections alive but also attempt a direct connection. If it doesn’t succeed, we keep all media through going through Jitsi Videobridge. If it does succeed however, we seamlessly switch to it.
Note how we always keep the bridge connection alive though. This is SUPER important for what comes next:
Should a third person join the call, we seamlessly switch all media back to our bridge so that communication can continue uninterrupted. If then one of these people leave, we are back to an attempted direct connection. Because the connection with the bridge is always live, these switches are barely if at all noticeable. You can see how it works here:
You can always track the status of your connection by hovering over your local GSM bars, clicking on “Show more” and looking for the (p2p) label there.