Pingtel Goes Open Source with IP Telephony Platform
Small Massachusetts company forms a nonprofit, SIPfoundry, to build on past projects and serve as an information repository for open-source VOIP development.IP telephony veterans on Monday will launch what is perhaps the first serious initiative to create a large open-source community around Voice over IP. As the networking industry moves toward a software model for IP PBXs, tiny Pingtel Corp. is spearheading the initiative by releasing its Session Initiation Protocol software platform into the open-source world and forming a nonprofit organization charged with providing the legal and technical foundation for advancing open-source work. Its mission: to do for IP telephony what Apache and Linux have done for enterprise servers. The effort, which will debut next week at the Voice over Networks conference in Santa Clara, Calif., pulls together the work of several open-source projects with their own associated communities. Those include the Vovida project, an open-source SIP effort used by Vonage, as well as reSIPprocate, which provides an SIP stack and tool kit allowing any developer to build applications that use SIP in order to initiate a session and establish communication.
Pingtel formed the SIPfoundry nonprofit organization to shepherd efforts to create open-source Internet Protocol (IP) telephony, messaging, presence and collaboration software. A proposed board of directors for the nonprofit comprises several people who have worked on open-source IP telephony projects, including Robert Sparks, Cullen Jennings and Jason Fischl of the reSIProcate and Vovida projects; Bob Andreasen and Dan Petrie of Pingtel; Martin Steinmann of St Paul Venture Capital; and an additional member still to be decided.