Simplified Launches Open API Developer Program for Converged Telephony And Data Applications

New API to Enable Third Parties to Integrate New and Existing Applications

With the Simplified Open Services Platform



Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from Simplified

    AUSTIN, Texas, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 Simplified(R), a leading software infrastructure company and provider of the
 first open services platform for the communications industry, today announced
 the first version of its Simplified Open Services API and the Open Services
 Development Platform.  The API will allow Simplified customers, partners and
 third-party developers to connect new and existing communications and business
 applications to future versions of the Simplified Open Services Platform(R).
     As one of the largest and fastest growing industries in the world,
 communications remains virtually untapped by software developers.  Initiatives
 like the Simplified Open Services API will open this expanding market to
 independent software developers, as well as hardware vendor and service
 provider development teams, who until now have been locked out by closed,
 proprietary network infrastructure.
     For the first time, software developers will be able to create, test and
 deploy applications for enhanced communication services that will run across
 any network.  The Simplified Open Services Platform(R) simultaneously supports
 hardware and switching devices from companies like Cisco, Lucent, Nortel,
 Nuera and others.  Because the platform is hardware-neutral, developers only
 need to design one version of an application to deliver a service across
 multi-vendor networks.  Without this flexibility developers would need to
 create and run a separate application for each different switching device.
     "The PC revolution -- and the explosion of applications that ran on the PC
 -- was driven by a software platform that encouraged third-party development,"
 said Simplified President and CEO James Cashiola.  "The communications
 revolution will be no different.  Communications networks based on open
 services platforms will provide the hardware flexibility and software support
 that service providers need to sustain growth and remain or become
 profitable."
     Simplified will be the first software infrastructure company to establish
 a developer community and value chain built around an open platform for both
 network and services management.
     The ease of integration and interoperability the API adds to the
 Simplified Open Services Platform will enable service providers to efficiently
 create additional services and improve time to market for all services.
 Voice, cable, Internet and wireless service providers can connect core
 back-office systems and applications, like OSS and billing, with end-customer
 voice and data services.  Developers can also create applications for enhanced
 services like distance learning, conferencing, on-demand video, etc.
 
     About the API development platform
     Version 1.0 of the Simplified Open Services API will enable developers to
 write and test telephony applications across a functionally limited version of
 the Simplified Open Services Platform, available as the Open Services
 Development Platform.  As the open architecture of this platform is advanced,
 developers will be able to create and support enhanced telephony and data
 applications across any network, enabling faster times to market and greater
 hardware flexibility.
     The Simplified Open Services API supports development in C++, C, Java, XML
 and other languages on virtually all Unix and Linux platforms.
     The first version of the Open Services Developer Kit will include API
 components for developing registration, device control and service
 applications.
     Registration -- allows the Simplified Open Services Platform to track
 registered clients and route the appropriate requests for service and library
 responses back to the client application that requested them.  This enables
 the API to cater to multiple clients and maintain the logical connections to
 client applications.
     Device Control -- allows client applications to control sessions on
 devices.  In this version of the API, a session is synonymous with a call
 (voice connection through a device).  Controlling a session means the ability
 to connect a voice path to different resources (e.g. connecting an A-leg to a
 B-leg, attaching a DTMF receiver, or playing a recorded prompt).
     Service Library -- allows client applications access to fundamental
 non-device specific components of a call flow.  These components include
 rating engine services, routing engine services, service-request
 authentication, and call detail posting.
     A Reporting component, scheduled for release later this year, will allow
 client applications to query information retained in the Simplified platform.
 This information could include service record sets, maintenance alarms and
 records and other call statistics including ad hoc profitability analysis on
 routes, trunk groups or other specific hardware devices.
     "What you won't see in the Open Services API Developer's Guide is any
 reference to any particular hardware device," said Adam Hampton, software
 engineer and key member of Simplified's API task force.  "With open
 architecture and the support of industry standard gateway protocols, the
 Simplified Open Services Platform lets service providers and developers add
 applications and enhanced services without regard to the hardware being
 controlled."
     The Simplified Open Services API will allow software developers to
 integrate with the Simplified Platform to provide voice, data and integrated
 services on any Simplified-supported switching hardware.
     Simplified has also launched its new website dedicated to serving
 developers interested in creating applications for the Simplified Open
 Services Platform.  Tech support, documentation, developer guides and other
 information will be available from the Simplified development community
 website at www.simplifieddeveloper.com.  Developers who register with
 Simplified will be able to test their applications remotely or onsite in
 Simplified's interoperability lab without having to purchase the platform.
     Simplified also plans to launch a series of developer conferences later
 this year and is establishing partnerships for development with both hardware
 and software vendors.
 
     About Simplified
     Simplified is a leading software infrastructure company and provider of
 the first open services platform for the communications industry.  The
 Simplified Open Services Platform enables voice, Internet, cable and wireless
 service providers to deliver and manage any communication service over any
 network enabling a faster path to profitability.  Information about Simplified
 and its products can be found on the World Wide Web at www.simplifiednow.com.
 Details on becoming a member of the Simplified development community are
 available at www.simplifieddeveloper.com.
     Simplified Open Services Platform(R), Simplified OpenVoice(TM), Simplified
 OpenCable(R), Simplified OpenWireless(R), Simplified Open Services(R) and
 Simplified(R) are registered trademarks of Simplified Development Corp.
 
      Contact:
      Scott Campbell
      Simplified
      (512) 732-8805
      scampbell@simpletel.com
 
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SOURCE Simplified
    AUSTIN, Texas, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 Simplified(R), a leading software infrastructure company and provider of the
 first open services platform for the communications industry, today announced
 the first version of its Simplified Open Services API and the Open Services
 Development Platform.  The API will allow Simplified customers, partners and
 third-party developers to connect new and existing communications and business
 applications to future versions of the Simplified Open Services Platform(R).
     As one of the largest and fastest growing industries in the world,
 communications remains virtually untapped by software developers.  Initiatives
 like the Simplified Open Services API will open this expanding market to
 independent software developers, as well as hardware vendor and service
 provider development teams, who until now have been locked out by closed,
 proprietary network infrastructure.
     For the first time, software developers will be able to create, test and
 deploy applications for enhanced communication services that will run across
 any network.  The Simplified Open Services Platform(R) simultaneously supports
 hardware and switching devices from companies like Cisco, Lucent, Nortel,
 Nuera and others.  Because the platform is hardware-neutral, developers only
 need to design one version of an application to deliver a service across
 multi-vendor networks.  Without this flexibility developers would need to
 create and run a separate application for each different switching device.
     "The PC revolution -- and the explosion of applications that ran on the PC
 -- was driven by a software platform that encouraged third-party development,"
 said Simplified President and CEO James Cashiola.  "The communications
 revolution will be no different.  Communications networks based on open
 services platforms will provide the hardware flexibility and software support
 that service providers need to sustain growth and remain or become
 profitable."
     Simplified will be the first software infrastructure company to establish
 a developer community and value chain built around an open platform for both
 network and services management.
     The ease of integration and interoperability the API adds to the
 Simplified Open Services Platform will enable service providers to efficiently
 create additional services and improve time to market for all services.
 Voice, cable, Internet and wireless service providers can connect core
 back-office systems and applications, like OSS and billing, with end-customer
 voice and data services.  Developers can also create applications for enhanced
 services like distance learning, conferencing, on-demand video, etc.
 
     About the API development platform
     Version 1.0 of the Simplified Open Services API will enable developers to
 write and test telephony applications across a functionally limited version of
 the Simplified Open Services Platform, available as the Open Services
 Development Platform.  As the open architecture of this platform is advanced,
 developers will be able to create and support enhanced telephony and data
 applications across any network, enabling faster times to market and greater
 hardware flexibility.
     The Simplified Open Services API supports development in C++, C, Java, XML
 and other languages on virtually all Unix and Linux platforms.
     The first version of the Open Services Developer Kit will include API
 components for developing registration, device control and service
 applications.
     Registration -- allows the Simplified Open Services Platform to track
 registered clients and route the appropriate requests for service and library
 responses back to the client application that requested them.  This enables
 the API to cater to multiple clients and maintain the logical connections to
 client applications.
     Device Control -- allows client applications to control sessions on
 devices.  In this version of the API, a session is synonymous with a call
 (voice connection through a device).  Controlling a session means the ability
 to connect a voice path to different resources (e.g. connecting an A-leg to a
 B-leg, attaching a DTMF receiver, or playing a recorded prompt).
     Service Library -- allows client applications access to fundamental
 non-device specific components of a call flow.  These components include
 rating engine services, routing engine services, service-request
 authentication, and call detail posting.
     A Reporting component, scheduled for release later this year, will allow
 client applications to query information retained in the Simplified platform.
 This information could include service record sets, maintenance alarms and
 records and other call statistics including ad hoc profitability analysis on
 routes, trunk groups or other specific hardware devices.
     "What you won't see in the Open Services API Developer's Guide is any
 reference to any particular hardware device," said Adam Hampton, software
 engineer and key member of Simplified's API task force.  "With open
 architecture and the support of industry standard gateway protocols, the
 Simplified Open Services Platform lets service providers and developers add
 applications and enhanced services without regard to the hardware being
 controlled."
     The Simplified Open Services API will allow software developers to
 integrate with the Simplified Platform to provide voice, data and integrated
 services on any Simplified-supported switching hardware.
     Simplified has also launched its new website dedicated to serving
 developers interested in creating applications for the Simplified Open
 Services Platform.  Tech support, documentation, developer guides and other
 information will be available from the Simplified development community
 website at www.simplifieddeveloper.com.  Developers who register with
 Simplified will be able to test their applications remotely or onsite in
 Simplified's interoperability lab without having to purchase the platform.
     Simplified also plans to launch a series of developer conferences later
 this year and is establishing partnerships for development with both hardware
 and software vendors.
 
     About Simplified
     Simplified is a leading software infrastructure company and provider of
 the first open services platform for the communications industry.  The
 Simplified Open Services Platform enables voice, Internet, cable and wireless
 service providers to deliver and manage any communication service over any
 network enabling a faster path to profitability.  Information about Simplified
 and its products can be found on the World Wide Web at www.simplifiednow.com.
 Details on becoming a member of the Simplified development community are
 available at www.simplifieddeveloper.com.
     Simplified Open Services Platform(R), Simplified OpenVoice(TM), Simplified
 OpenCable(R), Simplified OpenWireless(R), Simplified Open Services(R) and
 Simplified(R) are registered trademarks of Simplified Development Corp.
 
      Contact:
      Scott Campbell
      Simplified
      (512) 732-8805
      scampbell@simpletel.com
 
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