Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Wonderful things happen at JavaOne - Java PBX appliance is born!






Tomorrow at 3pm I have a talk at the Java.net Community Corner. I will present JAIN SLEE and a demo of the first certified open source implementation - Mobicents. The demo will show a simple SIP PBX deployment scenario. I will run the server on my laptop, then register two phones with it and establish a voice call. Come see it if you are at J1.

As I was checking on the Java.net booth today to prepare for the talk, I noticed two pods showcasing a slick looking box with the Java logo on it.
It turns out this is the new JBox - embedded Java box. It is a joint product of Sun, VIA and iGoLogic. Priced around $300 and fully capable of running Java Standard Edition 5, it is the new reference platform for embedded Java devices. This is the box that Ted Kosan, Embedded Community lead, has been excited about lately.

The light bulb suddenly came on. Instead of showing the demo on my laptop, why not set it up on JBox. That will be the First Java PBX appliance!. Just a prototype of course, but how far can a marketable product be? 3 months, 6 months max.


JBox

11 comments:

mranga said...

I wonder what the point of the Jbox is. Looks like fairly off the shelf hardware. Webstart should do just as well on a regular desktop machine. I guess there must be something more that I dont know of. Maybe the point is price ( its slightly cheaper ).

Ranga

Zos@majitek said...

Box looks useful...if it takes 6 months before we can buy one, will it still be $300? In 6 months it is going to have to compete with XBox 360 and PS3/Cell

This will be a great test for Java. Anyone know what media capabilities it has? DVI out?

Ivelin said...
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Ivelin said...

If you click on the box it will take you to its spec.

Ranga is correct that this is just a regular PC with extras. They are:

1) Durable CPU and box, appropriate for unattended field deployment.

2) Most importantly! The box comes with JSE 5 redistribution license! You can just deploy your software and ship it without talking to Sun. As you know embedded use of Sun's JSE VM has to be licensed from Sun. I heard rumors its around $50/box.

Ivelin

Anonymous said...

Hi, nothing much related to JBox, I was just wondering if the demo PBX application code is distributed with mobicents?

Ivelin said...

Yes, the SIP RA is bundled with the Mobicents download. The instructions how to run it are on the Wiki.
http://wiki.java.net/bin/view/Communications/MobicentsSimplePBXExample

Note that this is just a simple demo and is far from being a consumable PBX in the sense of Asterisk for example. Although we are working in that direction.

Ivelin

Köhler said...

First Java PBX?

The Brekeke Proxy/PBX thing is also done in Java.

mranga said...

Maybe one ought to say "the first imbedded Java IP Pbx"

Ranga

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Anonymous said...

i would like to contribute to the java-pbx system, how can I do so?
thank you.

Ivelin said...

> i would like to contribute to the java-pbx system, how can I do so?
thank you.

You can start by joining the mobicents project (http://www.mobicents.org). Write and offer for review a web gui (html or flex) for the Call Blocking/Forwarding/Voice Mail example service.