asterisk-digium-open-source-ip-pbx-hotelThrough two key partnerships, Digium is hoping to promote local language Asterisk phone systems to hotels and other vertical markets across the globe. Here's the scoop from The VAR Guy.

Digium, as you'll recall, evangelizes Asterisk -- the open source IP PBX systems. Two recent moves (the first involving TeleMatrix, the second involving Loquendo) could make Asterisk more appealing to key vertical markets across the globe.

TeleMatrix develops SIP telephone sets. As part of a new Digium-TeleMatrix deal, Asterisk channel partners will gain a larger portfolio of SIP and DECT SIP telephone solutions for hotel guestroom applications.

The news is a wake-up call for VARs serving the hospitality sector. The TeleMatrix customer base includes Accor, Best Western, Choice Hotels International, Hilton, Hyatt, International Hotels Group, Marriott, Starwood, Swissotel and Wyndham. But that's not all. TeleMatrix also serves the education and healthcare markets.

The key takeaway: TeleMatrix could help Asterisk channel partners to accelerate their moves into key vertical markets.

International Words of Wisdom

Meanwhile, Loquendo is helping Digium to promote Asterisk beyond the English language.

Through a growing Digium-Loquendo partnership, integrated Asterisk solutions will support such languages as Chinese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish and Russian, as well as many others.

According to a joint Loquendo and Digium press release, the integrated offerings:
"can form the basis for custom solutions for both small and large-scale telephony deployments of speech technologies, including auto attendants, customer relationship management (CRM) applications, unified messaging and self-service applications."
Hmmm. The VAR Guy will seek more perspectives during the Astricon trade show (for Asterisk customers and channel partners) this October.

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