The Adhearsion team is excited to announce today the new directions Adhearsion, Tropo and Voxeo will be taking, including the launch of Voxeo Labs.
Adhearsion arose in 2006 from frustrations Jay Phillips had while writing telephony applications with Asterisk, the predominant open-source telephony platform. Inspired by the nascent Ruby on Rails web development framework, Jay began applying the same modern software development principles to an application layer than ran above Asterisk which ultimately became Adhearsion. As the Ruby and Rails spaces grew and Jay travelled the world to do consulting and speak at conferences, so grew the Adhearsion community. Today, over three years after Jay wrote the first versions of Adhearsion, the team is now two-strong with Jason Goecke having joined last year to help with the day-to-day complexities and coding associated with a consulting company and open-source project.
The Adhearsion project’s founding principle was simple: make telephony accessible and exciting. Out of this grew the desire to build a hosting company which mitigated the largest problem people having with using Adhearsion: hosting and operationalizing a telephony system after they actually write it. Thus began Adhearsion’s discussions with Voxeo.
In January 2009 Voxeo began planning a new scripting language-based platform named Tropo that had similar ambitions as Adhearsion. As the Tropo team started planning how robust frameworks like Adhearsion could work atop Tropo, the plans for a generic, ideal hosted telephony engine arose and became overwhelmingly exciting.
With the added power of the cloud-friendly Tropo engine and the robust simplicity of the open-source Adhearsion framework atop it, telephony can truly become accessible to the many people with great ideas but justified hesitation about the telephony status quo. With Voxeo Labs, Adhearsion and Voxeo will further develop Adhearsion, Tropo, and new exciting applications that utilize cutting edge web and open-source technologies.
What does this mean for the Adhearsion community?
Voxeo Labs is committed to open-source. This announcement should be seen as Adhearsion achieving a critical step to its overall success: a reliable hosting solution atop a great platform from a very trusted name in the telephony hosting business. The open-source development will remain as active as ever, if not moreso, as the new power of Tropo enables new and innovative features for the framework.
We would like to thank the community for all of their support that has allowed us to continue to take Adhearsion forward. We will continue that evolution to ensure the developer community has the tools it needs to develop compelling applications and accomplish all of their exciting telephony ambitions!
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