Autumn Review

Dear All, Since Star2Billing’s inception in 2009, initially formed to provide commercial support and installation services for its open source switch and billing system, A2Billing (http://asterisk2billing.org/), we created a range of other products either by blending A2Billing with other open source products as in the case of our popular multi-tenant hosted PBX system, or built innovative new products such as CDR-Stats (www.cdr-stats.org) to analyse call data records and Newfies-Dialer (www.newfies-dialer.org) for voice broadcasting and autodialling. A2Billing is a probably the leading open source telecom billing solution and its capabilities and features rival many proprietary systems and has been described as “a business in a box” capable of providing wholesale, business and residential VoIP services, calling card, call-back and DID resale. Anyone just starting out might consider our A2Billing Managed Install described at http://www.star2billing.com/consultancy/managed-install/ Greater capacity can be provided by building a distributed system with Opensips to load balance calls across multiple telephony servers, consider the Enterprise systems described at http://www.star2billing.com/products/enterprise/ Our Hosted PBX or IP-Centrex system is one of our more popular products, blending A2Billing, FreePBX and virtualisation to provide a scalable multi-tenant PBX system at an economical cost. To read more about this, see http://www.star2billing.com/solutions/ip-centrex/ Our clients include large and small scale telcos all over the world, we have also delivered projects, for local and national government and educational establishments including a notable university, on time and on budget. Popular products : – Calling Card Solutions: http://www.star2billing.com/solutions/calling-card – Call-back: http://www.star2billing.com/solutions/call-back – VoIP Termination Residential: http://www.star2billing.com/solutions/voip-temination-residential – VoIP Termination IP-PBX: http://www.star2billing.com/solutions/voip-termination-ip-pbx – Wholesale VoIP: http://www.star2billing.com/solutions/voip-termination-wholesale – IP-Centrex: http://www.star2billing.com/solutions/ip-centrex – Multi-tenant PBX system: http://www.star2billing.com/solutions/multi-tenant-pbx – Voice Broadcasting and Auto-Dialer: http://www.star2billing.com/solutions/voice-broadcasting For...

CDR-Stats Version 2 Released

After a long period of testing, Star2Billing has released version 2 of CDR-Stats. CDR-Stats is a free and open source multi-tenant call data analysis and reporting system with live statistics and threat reporting. This latest version has been rebuilt to be scalable, handle millions of CDR and provide reports and searches quickly and efficiently. CDR-Stats may be considered for: – Telcos to analyse their own CDR – Displaying call data to their customers – Centralising call data from multiple PBX’s – Department heads to view their subordinate’s calls – Detecting & reporting suspicious call patterns Features include: MongoDB: Built on MongoDB, a scalable database system with many enterprise features, capable of handling massive quantities of data efficiently. Flexible Deployment: CDR-Stats can be deployed on the same hardware as the telephony server or on a separate server with multiple telephony systems feeding call data to CDR-Stats. Single & Multi-server Architecture: Can be scaled from reporting on a single PBX’s call data to a large telco running a farm of telephony servers. Custom Alarms: automated triggers to fire notifications when unusual call activity is detected which may indicate fraud. Realtime Reporting: Number of calls in progress are reported in realtime with historical concurrent calls reports for supported platforms. (Asterisk / Freeswitch) Extensibility: Connectors can be developed to allow both proprietary and open-source telecoms systems to deliver call data into CDR-Stats (contact us for more details) Simple Install: CDR-Stats has extensive documentation and automated installation scripts with support from the CDR-Stats community. Professionally Supported: Installation, support, training and software development services are available from Star2billing. Contact us for more details. For more...

2011 : The Year in Review

Star2billing have had an incredible 2011 which seems to have flown by. We have new products that have been released, existing products updated, and other products under development. Newfies-Dialer Launched Work began on Newfies-Dialer at the beginning of the year, a mass voice broadcasting and auto-dialer software used for emergency broadcasting, telemarketing and a range other applications. We announced Newfies-Dialer in April, and after much development and testing, is ready for production. It is a well rounded product with a great deal of potential for all organisations and telecoms service providers that need to broadcast voice messages to a large number of people in a short space of time. We have spent a lot of time on the documentation for developers and users alike, including a beginners guide so anyone can build a Newfies-Dialer system with our automated installation scripts and get involved. CDR-Stats Updated CDR-stats 1.4, the replacement for Asterisk-Stat used in FreePBX for CDR reporting, has been released, and again we provide installation scripts that have been tested on the major FreePBX based aggregations. The CDR-Stats tool is a useful addition to the IP-PBX systems integrator, as it allows provides detailed reporting on Call Data Records and Statistics for the end customer. A2Billing Enhanced A2Billing has also been updated, providing even more functionality, especially for DID resale. Updates have been made in respect of security and usability, and we would encourage anyone not using the latest version, currently 1.9.4, to upgrade. New Development We are still busy developing the next generation of A2Billing, as well as an SMS system designed for providing web based SMS messages to...

CDR-Stats 1.3.0 released

Star2Billing are pleased to announce the release of CDR-Stats 1.3 CDR-stats is a replacement for Asterisk-Stats, first released over eight years ago by Areski, The Author of CDR-Stats. Anyone who has used the Call Data Reports in FreePBX will be familiar with Asterisk-Stats as this forms the core of CDR reporting in FreePBX. CDR-Stats allows reports to be generated in different formats over varying time periods with filters and graphs to compare periods of traffic. Version 1.3 of CDR-Stats includes a number of enhancements such as providing ACL access to CDR so that users can be controlled in what they are allowed to see. There is more information, screen prints and instructions at http://www.cdr-stats.org Many of the FreePBX aggregations do not implement ACL access, so if a PBX administrator wants to give access to users to inspect the PBX CDR, then access to the whole PBX is unavoidable, therefore installing CDR-Stats alongside an existing system will allow users to analyse their CDR without compromising the rest of the configuration. A script to install CDR-Stats on CentOS / Asterisk / FreePBX or Asterisk-Stats systems has been included to make installation quick and easy for users of AsteriskNow, Trixbox, Elastix, and PBX in a Flash. We invite you to download and install CDR-Stats. If you have any difficulties, or need assistance with the installation, then commercial support is available from Star2Billing. Yours Areski, Joe and the Star2Billing Team...

A2Billing 1.8.5 and CDR-Stats 1.2.0

It has been a while since we have last posted, but that is not a reflection on the work that has been going on here. We have been very busy with new development on A2Billing and our other projects. Version 1.8.5 of A2Billing has been released over one month ago, and this includes a fantastic new feature long awaited in A2Billing. A Leg Billing. A2Billing now has the capability to bill the ingress link or A-Leg on a DID. So for instance, where you want to resell toll-free DID to your customers, you can now place an ingress charge on the inbound leg and add it to the B-Leg, or egress charge. We have made this new feature even more flexible to account for resale of premium rated and revenue share numbers. We allow negative rates to be entered, which means that customers can accrue credit each time that someone calls their premium rated number. We have moved our development onto Github, where we are in very good company with such open source projects as Android, the Open Source Mobile Phone Operating System. All future A2Billing development will take place here, and you can easily see the progress being made on the Github interface. The latest version of A2Billing, 1.8.5 can now be downloaded from Github . Also released is CDR-Stats 1.2.0, which includes some bug fixes, and we have included a shell script to install CDR-Stats on CentOS based FreePBX systems. As we start 2011, we look forward to telling you about the new projects and products we have in development over the coming months. Yours The Star2Billing...