A2Billing Publisher's description
from Edgewall Software
A2Billing is a billing system interactive with Asterisk to give any Telecom company traditional offering VOIP service
A2Billing combined with Asterisk now gives any Telecom company a very good reason to consider the A2Billing Soft-Switch over the traditional offerings for TDM and VoIP Soft-Switches as well as wholesale and IP PBX billing, particularly when you consider the cost of A2Billing вЂ“ FREE!
If you want to launch any of the following services, then A2Billing may be the system for you:
Traditional Calling Card services вЂ“ A2Billing can be configured to provide standard calling card services via traditional вЂњdial throughвЂќ, with PIN or CID authentication.
Callback services, A2Billing supports a number of call-back methods including ANI, DID and web based call-backs.
VoIP residential services вЂ“ Customers can be issued with a softphone or hard phone and be billed for calls made via Voice over IP.
VoIP wholesale termination - A2Billing and Asterisk can be used as a softswitch to terminate and bill large numbers of VoIP minutes from a number of sources such as resellers and distributors of your services.
VoIP termination for Asterisk and FreePBX systems. вЂ“ With the growth of IP based PBX systems, as well as the asterisk based systems, A2Billing can be used to provide services and billing to IP PBX resellers and Asterisk system integrators.
DID termination and redirection. DID can be redirected to any SIP, IAX or PSTN destination with monthly charges and duration based charges.
Its is fair to say that A2Billing when combined with Asterisk is is now a full featured telecom platform and softswitch providing converged services, with self contained billing (pre or post-paid), reporting and statistics for IP and TDM based voice networks and can be configured to supply a wide range of services, rate calls, prepare and send out invoices, as well as accept payments via a number of payment service providers.
The A2Billing solution comprises of the following components: -
Server: The computer to run the system.
Line Interface Cards: The Digium hardware (optional)to connect to the TDM network (PRI, BRI, Analogue)
Linux: The base operating system
Asterisk: The telephony engine
Apache: The web server
MySQL/Postgresql: The back end database
A2Billing: The Billing engine handling Authentication, Authorisation and Accounting.
The platform can be fitted with a TDM cards to interconnect with the PSTN, and can support in excess of 120 concurrent calls given the right hardware. If more capacity is required, then more Asterisk servers can be added as necessary.
The A2Billing Platform has been deployed in a number of commercial environments by both traditional TDM based telecoms companies wishing to move into the VoIP market, and calling card and call-shop businesses. Additionally, there has been a lot of interest from IT and networking companies who are beginning to deploy VoIP PBXs in addition to their traditional business, and wish to enjoy an ongoing income by terminating their customerвЂ™s calls using A2Billing as their Wholesale Billing Platform.
A2Billing is licenced under the AGPL вЂ“ this means that you have the freedom to modify the system to suit your own needs, within the rules of the AGPL.
The features list are split into three sections for clarity: IVR, Web management interface & Customer interface :
IVR FEATURES :
Caller ID & Card Number and SIP/IAX2 Friend authentication
Multi-Language support - force specific language, give a menu for language choices
Customize the IVR rapidly, chose to play Balance, Time to call, Intro prompt, etc...
Recording of all calls
Play balance with multi currency support
Free VoIP calls between application users
Support simultaneous or single access on same card
Support call at Zero-Cost & Negative cost
Auto creation card option for new callerID
Web based, DID & CID based Call Back
Top-up account via IVR menu.
WEB MANAGEMENT INTERFACE :
Advanced Card and Customer management : Creation ; Edit ; Search engine ; batch update ; CallerID handling ; Refill Cards.
Define : post-pay/prepay ; Language ; Currency ; Expiry ; VAT ; Recurring Service, User Data, etc...
SIP / IAX Friends + ARA support (Asterisk Realtime)
BILLING MANAGEMENT & REPORTING
Check the Customers balance; see Refills made, payment received, amount to pay
browse online payments made by Paypal and Moneybooker
Voucher support : creation ; browsing ; batch creation
Multi-Currencies support : automatic update based currently base on Yahoo Financial
Reporting statistics: CDR ; Maximum Concurrent calls ; Graphing ; Profit Margin analysis
LCR(Least cost routing) & LCD (Least Cost Dialling) management
Billing Increment: Progressively different rates through the call
Scheduled Rates (days/hours of the weeks - PEAK & OFF-PEAK)
Expiry of rates;
Import Rate Cards
Batch update for rates
Calling Packages - X number free minutes to specified destinations
Manage your DIDs and sell them to your customer for monthly usage.
Customer can reserve DIDs for themselves and configure a Follow-me to redirect the calls over the PSTN by VoIP.
Monthly & daily reporting
Earnings calculation and markup/margin on report
Monthly traffic reports (pie chart)
Compare call-load with previous days
Criteria definition for reporting
Export report to PDF & CSV
RECURRING SERVICE OVER THE CARD
Auto refill existing card with auto refill option
Periodically remove credit from customer balance
E-Product : allows interaction with third party ecommerce platforms in order to create cards such as OS-commerce
Email activation to verify customer email address.
Customise mail templates
ACL (Access control) support for admin users
DB backup/restore tool
SOAP-Webservice : Create Card, Remove card, Update... See WSDL : A2Billing_UI/api/SOAP/soap-card-server.php?wsdl
Export data into XML or CSV
Customise look and feel of the interface
Call-back, Web based, DDI based, CID based and URL / Text triggered Call back
Call-back triggered through multiple asterisk servers.
API to display ratecard on own website
CUSTOMER INTERFACE :
Online signup, selection of tariff, language and currency with email verification.
Account info, including update details
Call history - CDR
Voucher usage and voucher entry
DID selling support - features to sell to pre-configured DID. Customers can redirect DID to his phone-number and even deploy a Follow-Me
Speed dial configuration
Ratecard browsing & ratecard simulator
Web based callback
Web-phone (Applet Java - IAX Web Phone)
Caller id : list / add so that customer can authenticate to the service without needing to enter account and PIN
Multi-Language support for the customer interface (Spanish, English, French, Chinese, Italian, Romanian, Turkish, Urdu)
Forget password option
System Requirements:No special requirements.
Program Release Status: Minor Update
Program Install Support: Install and Uninstall