More than half a dozen software, hardware and telephony vendors endorsed a proposed Java Telephony API specification last week.
Novell, Northern Telecom, IBM and Intel were among the companies putting their stamp of approval on the Java Telephony API, which will enable the creation of Java applications that support voice response and can be embedded into smart phones.
The specification, co-developed by Sun Microsystems and Lucent Technologies, also provides a framework for creating desktop and call-centre telephony applications.
The Java Telephony API will support current telephony APIs such as Telephony API and Telephony Services API.
A subset of the Java Media set of APIs, the Java Telephony API also includes a variety of extensions for creating applications that require private data communications, wireless support or terminal management support.
The API will enable Java applications to run on network computers that do not have built-in telephony capabilities. As a result, a Java application that supports the new API will be able to use the telephony capabilities of a back-end server, which is connected to a corporate PBX.
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