Nir Simionovich

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Nir Simionovich is the author of the books AsteriskNow[1] published in March 2008 and Asterisk Gateway Interface 1.4 and 1.6 Programming published in January 2009[2]. Simionovich is a Free and open source software consultant and Asterisk specialist at GreenfieldTech[3] GreenfieldTech won the 2008 Digium Innovation Pioneer Award[4] for a solution that used ultra-sonic speakers and Asterisk to enable people around the world to pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.Simionovich participated at the ITEXPO[5] conference in Miami in February 2009 as a speaker.


Personal Bio

Nir Simionovich was born on December 1974, in Israel. Shortly following his 10th birthday, Nir had started showing a distinct interest in software development. Nir held his first ever programming job at the early age of 14, having developed various utilities and DOS based tools for lawyers and accounting offices in his home town. Since that time, Nir had been involved in various forms of the Israeli IT and software industry, ranging from software development, cyber security and forensics and intrusion testing.

Since the year 1996, Nir had become increasingly involved in the Israeli Open Source movement. Nir became a figure role at the Technion (1996-2000), where he became an Open Source evangelist and champion for the cause, promoting the usage of Linux and Open Source projects. Nir is currently best known for his involvement with the Asterisk Open Source PBX project, being the founding father of the Israeli Asterisk users group [6], an active lecturer about Asterisk in Israel and around the world.

Early 2007, Nir had founded Greenfield Technologies Ltd[7]. An Asterisk consulting, development and training firm, operating out of Israel. GreenfieldTech provides Asterisk related services to companies in Israel and around the world. GreenfieldTech is currently known in Israel as the last-line of support for Asterisk [8] based systems, that had been either abandoned by their provider or had reached an impasse with their current solution provider.

Public Speakings

  • Particle Programming with AGI[9][10]
    Asterisk Gateway Interface (AGI) is one of the most common methods of developing Asterisk applications. Issues arising from poor AGI development methodologies and traditional programming skills cause developers to develop non-scalable Asterisk AGI environments.
  • Dynamic Asterisk Scalability with Amazon EC2[11][12]
    Amazon EC2 had been slowly gaining force with developers world wide, in developing web applications and web 2.0 mesh-ups. Asterisk, a somewhat resource consuming application is considered not fitting for Amazon EC2 structures. This talk will discuss the various issues related to creating dynamically extending platforms, using Asterisk, Amazon EC2, Amazon S3 and some web mesh-ups.
  • Operator Assisted Dialing - Meeting regulatory requirements in Israel with Asterisk[13]
    Tier-1 carriers in Israel are required to supply operator assisted dialing services as a part of their carrier license - failing to do so revokes the license. In 2005, Bezeq International, Israel's biggest Tier-1 International carrier had been notified by Nortel that their TOPS platform will no longer be supported. A replacement platform was developed, based upon Asterisk - which had been in full production since December 2005. This is the story of the installation, the lessons learned and how to implement your own operator assisted dialing platform - if you require it.


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