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Open Source Soft-Switch Bridges The Communication Gap

FreeSWITCH (opens in new tab) , an open source soft-switch, has released news of new support for SIP to GoogleTalk gateway capabilities that not only bridge audio between the two protocols but also text messages as well.

FreeSWITCH, an open source soft-switch, has released news of new support for SIP to GoogleTalk gateway capabilities that not only bridge audio between the two protocols but also text messages as well.

SIP and Jingle are very different protocols and do not mesh together well but the demand to bridge that gap is stull there. Using FreeSWITCH, it's possible for a SIP user to initiate a chat session with a GoogleTalk user and initiate an audio call from either direction.

It also opens the door to a whole new realm of possibilities with cross-over presence. It is now possible to make your SIP phone's presence show up on the buddy list of a jabber user and vice versa. This technology has just begun development but its something to keep an eye on!

FreeSWITCH begun development last January and is rapidly approaching an initial release that promises solutions to IVR developers and Carriers alike.

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.