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First Public BETA release of AstBill

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Author: Matt Riddell
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london3 has posted details of the first release of AstBill:

We are proud to announce the first Public BETA release of AstBill the Brand new Billing, Routing and Management software for Asterisk.

http://astbill.com

AstBill DEMO: http://demo.astbill.com

AstBill is open source software licensed under the GPL, and is maintained and developed by a community of users and developers. AstBill is free to download and use. If you like what AstBill can do for you, please work with us to expand and refine AstBill to suit your needs.

AstBill is not only a web-based, user-friendly interface to Asterisk. It is also a Asterisk configuration tool and a standardized implementation of Asterisk using REALTIME and static configuration as you please.

Here are some of the features of AstBill:

User-friendly End User Web interface gives access to a range of functionality:

  • Personal Contact Directory with Categories
  • View SIP, IAX and Virtual Accounts
  • Virtual Accounts (Lets you forward your calls to any extension you want also time based forwarding)
  • Credit Control on outgoing calls
  • Show Balance, Expenditure, Payments and number of Calls on each account
  • Set warning balance for email when low credit on account
  • View Numbers Dialed and add them to the Contact Directory
  • View Numbers Dialed by Names from the Contact Directory
  • Dynamic International Rate Table(Each customer can have his own price list using Brands)
  • Rate Table in his Currency of choice
  • Call Data Records including cost of each call and time based billing
  • Call Data Records in his Currency of choice
  • Switchboard (Displays live status of users phones and ongoing calls)
  • Allows one click calling from GUI and direct to phone
  • Call Parking sends calls to parking and then redirects to phone
  • Allows transfers of calls
  • Edit your Account setup
  • Edit voicemail setup including email and pin
  • Create Time Based Dialing. Allows you to forward your calls based on time and day.
  • Each user can have unlimited of SIP, IAX and Virtual Accounts
  • Each user can have unlimited Prepaid Card Accounts linked to his userid
  • Specify your hardware and change the viewable name of your accounts
  • Temporary disable SIP, IAX or Virtual Account
  • Manage your Incoming Public Numbers including Time based forwarding
User-friendly Administrator Web interface gives access to a range of functionality:
  • Show Balance, Expenditure, Payments and number of Calls on each account
  • Call Data Records including cost and Sales on each call
  • Branding Module. Allows you to create Brands in any Currency
  • For each Brand define Currency, Billing Increment, mark-up and connection charges
  • Flexible Dynamic International Rate Table for Each Brand in any Currency
  • Server Status (Displays live status of users phones and ongoing calls)
  • Show Peers. List of the last clients(SIP and IAX2) that have connected to the Asterisk server.
  • Audit Trail. Show IP, Port and UserAgent for each call
  • Manage your Incoming Public Numbers including Time based forwarding
  • Manage Trunks. You can use unlimited ZAP, IAX and SIP trunks.
  • Time Based Trunk Dialing. Each trunk can have his own time based dialplan
  • Temporary disable trunks
  • Trunks can be rated after cost. Allow for cost based Dialing
  • Define maximum concurrent outgoing calls on each trunk
  • If lowest cost trunk is fully used (busy) the system will choose the next available trunk.
  • Define unlimited outgoing routes and link them to your trunks
  • Store cost of your outgoing route for each trunk for efficient cost control
  • All outgoing routes are stored independent on the client price list
  • Define customer price lists for each Brand and Currency
  • Advanced customer management andportal management
  • Integrated E-commerce module and web shop is available under GPL
  • Define list of VOIP hardware commonly used
  • Full Hardware Inventory. Store mac address and serial numbers of client hardware
  • View and Store Customers payments
  • Manage Pre Paid and Post Paid customers. Full Credit control by User Account
  • View important Server logs from web interface
  • Define maximum concurrent calls on each Customer Account
AstBill includes the functionality needed by most small- to medium-sized businesses (SMB). It is also very efficient as a platform for small VOIP providers. AstBill is used by several small businesses and is the platform for astartelecom.com the new European Asterisk call termination service currently in beta.

AstBill Requirements:

Asterisk - Version 1.2.0-beta1 (Most of AstBill is also working on Asterisk 1.0.9 but the beta is needed for the new REALTIME features)

MySQL - Version 5.12 beta Astbill is using Views and Stored Procedures, which is only in beta 5 and up)

Apache - Version 2.0.54 (It should run fine with Apache Version 1.x but it's
only been tested on 2.x)

Drupal- Version 4.6.3 (Drupal is GPL software that allows an individual or a community of users to easily publish, manage and organize a great variety of content on a website.)

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