Aastra launches its XML 4 SIP contest

Aastra, a leading global enterprise communications provider and one of the leaders in the European corporate communication market, has launched an XML development contest challenging programmers worldwide to create innovative XML applications for Aastra SIP terminals. A jury composed of IP telephony experts will evaluate and award prizes to the best applications.

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By  Ashford Published  June 7, 2010

Aastra, a leading global enterprise communications provider and one of the leaders in the European corporate communication market, has launched an XML development contest challenging programmers worldwide to create innovative XML applications for Aastra SIP terminals. A jury composed of IP telephony experts will evaluate and award prizes to the best applications.

This international contest is open to all developers, and will run until 30 October 2010. This is an opportunity for developers to leverage their creativity, and design new XML applications for Aastra SIP desk phones enriching the user’s experience, in 4 categories:

• Social Networking & Web 2.0 applications: facilitate communication and access to social media (e.g. Twitter, Flickr, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.)

• Business Applications: offer added value to the user, interact with company databases or information systems

• Telephony related applications: develop advanced functionalities which may not yet be integrated into SIP terminals

• Lifestyle applications: including building management system integration
In order to participate, developers must agree to make the application available to the user community under the FreeBSD license.

Openness is at the core of Aastra’s DNA. Open standards are embedded throughout our collaborative applications and broad range of SIP terminals. This philosophy of openness has led us to organize the ‘XML 4 SIP’ contest. This will boost competitiveness around Aastra solutions within the developers’ community, and users of SIP compatible call managers”, explains Peter Hofman, President Aastra. MENA

A jury composed of telephony experts will evaluate and rate the different XML applications and present awards to the best in each category. After the contest, the applications will then be available free-of-charge on Aastra’s website for one year following the contest.

In order to participate, developers may visit http://support.aastra.fr/XMLContest/register.php and register. Information on XML and Aastra SIP phones, including links to example applications and the link to download the Aastra XML developer’s kit can be found at http://support.aastra.fr/XMLcontest/competitors2_en.php.

Aastra offers a complete range of SIP end points, including Aastra’s 6700i SIP desk phone series. These are designed to integrate and deploy easily with Aastra’s own IP systems as well as all leading SIP compatible IP call managers, making them appealing to a wide range of SMB and enterprise customers.

About Aastra MENA

Aastra MENA is the Middle East and North African business unit of Aastra Technologies Limited, (TSX:“AAH”), a leading company at the forefront of the enterprise communication market. Headquartered in Concord, Ontario, Canada, Aastra develops and delivers innovative communications products and applications for businesses. Aastra’s operations are truly global with more than 50 million installed lines around the world and a direct and indirect presence in more than 100 countries. Aastra is entirely dedicated to enterprise communications and offers one of the most complete portfolios of unified communications solutions individually tailored to satisfy its customers’ requirements. These range from feature-rich call managers for small and medium businesses and highly scalable ones for large enterprises, integrated mobility, call centres solutions to a wide selection of terminals. With a strong focus on open standards, Aastra enables enterprises to communicate and collaborate more efficiently. For additional information on Aastra, visit our website at www.aastra-mena.com.

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