Thursday, January 19, 2006

A new Encrypted European VoIP Provider

GooGaYa recently learned that GlooTix has announced Encrypted VoIP.
We like to know how Lawful Intrusion will be supported.
We will report more about their support for CALEA in a later report.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

ViaSIP providing Professional Services for MobiCents

AgileCO recently announced PDIO (Plan Design Implement and Optimize) Program for MobiCent OpenSource project.
Mobile Opertors, MVNOs can also leverage and for
time to market and value services that are truly beyond voice.

In a recent interview Ivanov describe MobiCents features and why it nicely dovetails
to current operators IMS Platforms:
A few of the more common IMS infrastructure features include:

- Unified Communications over SIP, XMPP and legacy protocols, including potentially mobile client for VoIP on mobile handsets.
- Single Virtual Directory for user registration, profile information and configuration settings.
- Virtual PBX for phone line provisioning, call control and billing.
- Multiplayer Gaming environment that provides facilities for game setup, multiplayer communications, object sharing, state persistence and scalability capacity for millions of players.

Such basic features require serious investment to implement and do not translate immediately into increased ARPU. Some of the key factors that contribute to the sizeable investment are:

* *Standardization*. In order for IMS to reach its global potential, there need to be a number of industry standards that participants comply with. Standardization processes are very slow and tedious. They take years to be developed and cost a lot of research money.

* *Interoperability*. Standardization is just the tip of the iceberg. There are always a number of aspects that cannot be predicted during the standardization process, but they become apparent at a later stage during implementation. Interoperability initiatives need to be organized between vendors and validated by operators. This is an even more involving and resource consuming process than standardisation. The cost includes not only highly skilled corporate architects but also armies of development teams who have to interact among each other and close gaps between implementations.

* *Time to market*. Working, standards based products have to appear on the shelves in a timely fashion. Otherwise the market demand will be fulfilled by a variety of narrow-focus proprietary solutions, which will add insult to the injury and further fragment the market space. Skype is an example of a successful proprietary platform, which has a limited set of features but is nevertheless widely adopted by consumers.

* *Mainstream developer adoption*. The dream of thousands of off the shelf IMS applications could only come to fruition when the technology is embraced by mainstream developers. This demands availability of low cost, lightweight IMS execution environment and convenient development tools. Developers need to be able to run a self contained environment on their laptops running any major operating system.

Open Source IMS addresses all of the needs above at a lower cost compared to the traditional closed source approach. This has been recognized by several operators and vendors. Since the June release of Mobicents - the first and only certified open source implementation of JSLEE, new contributors have been joining each month. The number of visits to the project pages has been growing by a multiple almost every month and the download rate crossed 1,000 in October.

The benefits to operators are quite obvious - they get a working IMS platform at a low cost. Portugal Telecom Innovacao for example contributed Resource Adaptors for XMPP and Asterisk as well as many useful examples. Vendors can also derive benefits on their own. Aepona is leading the development of a Parlay Resource Adaptor, which will allow JSLEE applications to communicate with Parlay gateways. Lucent Technologies on the other hand is building a prototype hardware appliance that embeds Mobicents and guarantees certain levels of performance and reliability. Open Cloud contributed to EclipSLEE, with the hope that a tool for rapid service creation will grow the SLEE developer community.

The idea of Open Source IMS is not without challenges though. There are telco players that are very conservative about the potential risk of exposing Intellectual Property to competitors. This is a barrier that seems to be taking a long time to lift in some cases. Another problem is the low level of comfort for operators that are used to purchase multi-million hand-holding support contracts from vendors instead of dealing directly with a given technology. These operators prefer to wait until their primary NEPs (network equipment providers) offer a product or service before they consider it. There is a certain amount of substance to such logic since at its heart Mobicents is driven by a team of volunteers with real day jobs and lives beyond IMS. Recently two of the core team developers stepped back as other priorities have demanded their time. This had immediate impact on the project liveliness.

While the idea of an Open Source IMS platform is meaningful and has produced concrete positive results it has yet to find a sustainable business model. Over the last few months Mobicents members have circulated the idea of forming a formal body - Mobicents Foundation - to look after the long term interests of the project and its community. It would provide a structured way for committed members to steer the development roadmap. The foundation would also secure funding for a dedicated core team that will be responsible for enhancing the kernel as well as reviewing and glueing together the various add-on contributions in an optimal way. The Foundation might be the missing piece that makes Open Source IMS a huge success. Pooling resources for a common infrastructure layer has been proven successful in the cases of Linux with OSDL and Development Tools with Eclipse.
See also http://MobiCents.Org and his Wiki
His Blog
or IMS-Insider Blog


Ring interoperability with Jingle

GooGle and Jabber announcement of Jingle most certainly has a pleasant "ring"
to ISV, SI and OpenSource Developers.

GooGaYa already supports GeoLocatiom and Mapping, Multimodal Messaging, SIP, SMS/(3GP)MMS Jabbber , TomTom POIs, Skype and ENUM
so with the addition of Jingle users will derive more CROSS and Multimodal Messaging.
GooGaYa underlying infrastructure leverages XML WebServices SOAi, BPEL, Ivanov's Mobicents , OpenSER , ParlayX , plus many other components to numerous to mention.

See also:

Monday, January 02, 2006

GooGaYa will add TomTom POI to all Pulver VON 06

GooGaYa announced that it will add TomTom POI to all of Pulver's VON cities beginning in Spring VON 2006 ,
Now those attending VON can capitalized on GooGaYa GeoLocation, Multimodal Messaging,
XoIP, SKYPE, ENUM, Presence, Mapping, Events, Moblog and calendaring to communicate
with their GooBuddies.

To learn more about GooGaYa features go here
Below are just a few of the wireless features GooGaYa supports

Wireless device technologies

Browsing/Content (Video, Music Video, Flash, Photos, MMS)
Messaging (XMPP, SIP, SMS, etc..)
Voice based technologies (VoiceXML)
Connectivity (Bluetooth, WLAN, NFC, etc)
Mobile Commerce
Presence (SIP, XMPP/Jabber)
Device Management / data synchronization (SyncML)
Authentication (Liberty/SAML SSO)
Machine-to-machine technologies
SMS / eMAIL Campaigning
Mobile BLOG
Visual/graphical (screensavers, UI themes, Logos,)
Audio (ringtones, Skype VoiceMail, Skype for GooTunes)
Plus a lot more...


GooGaYa now supports Tom Tom's POI

GooGaYa has announced that it now supports Tom Tom POIs

GooGaYa is the premier place for Mobile Entertainment, GeoLocation, Presence, Social Networks, and Multimodal Messaging.

Home of the 1st 3GP MobileFlix Festival 2006 (More Info)

Have a mobile phone? Sign up now to View, Listen, Search, Locate, Rate, Blog and Schedule
[Media, Content, Events, People and Places] with Family, Friends and Coworkers anywhere in the world.

GooMusic and GooTunes

GooGaYa just release the latest version of GooTunes

GooTunes allow one to:
Upload your iTunes and other songs from your local PC to the GooGaYa server. Now you and your family can listen and stream your song collection, playlists, and audio content from anywhere in the world. See here

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Jade-Leap integrated in

Jade-LEAP is now supported in for those not familiar with

JADE Java Agent Development Framework

JADE is an interesting and powerful platform for multi-agent systems. If you are interested in multi-agent systems, check out JADE here

JADE-LEAP is also being incorporated in Mobile NFC Middleware
More details can be found at Sourcefore


Sunday, December 04, 2005

GooGaYa to support RokuLabs

GooGaYa has just announced that GooTune will support RokuLabs
latest MultiMedia WiFi device after it is release in Q1 2006

WURL Package - Mobile.GooGaYa supporting WURFL

A new package of thumbnails have been posted

To learn more about WURL visit this link

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Advanced Technology Companies at the Frontier of Open Source Development

Open Source
At the LinuxWorld Expo this week, companies will tout new open-source business applications such as CRM, ERP, content management and business intelligence, as well as the strategic partnerships being forged to deliver them.
Open-Source Apps Adoption: Cost Is Key For SMBs

Ed Pimentel CTO joins a number of companies for being at the Frontier of Open Source Development as reported by CRN News.

Monday, August 01, 2005

VoIP:: ViaSIP@Work new SourceForge Project

Today AgileCO agreed to sponsor the ViaSIP@Work SourceForge Project.
This Project will attempt to create a Hardended OpenSource IMS Service HA Infrastructure.
Check back later for more information.