Alexa for PIAF (or Asterisk)

globalweb01

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Alexa has the ability to place calls. Since Google has pulled 3rd Party support for Chat/Voice/Hangouts why not look into Alexa integration with PIAF. Not only could it do some cool stuff like IVRs, but you could get a trunk for free domestic calling too. It can call any PSTN number in the USA or Canada. I know of one Alexa SIP implementation (https://siplexa.com/) which is great, and free. But, because it is not an "officially recognized device", it doesn't have the ability to make calls. Admittedly, I have never tried it with an account that I have an official Alexa device linked to. Anyway, food for thought.
 
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billsimon

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I'm not really seeing the value in turning Alexa into a SIP trunk , but can definitely see the value in turning an Echo device into an Asterisk endpoint, if it can be done easily.

The building blocks are there: https://developer.amazon.com/docs/device-apis/alexa-rtcsessioncontroller.html

I built a proof of concept a couple months ago and it was very complicated. "If it can be done easily" is not currently the case.
 

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@globalweb01 said "But, because it is not an "officially recognized device", it doesn't have the ability to make calls. Admittedly, I have never tried it with an account that I have an official Alexa device linked to. Anyway, food for thought."

Can't make calls even with a registered Amazon account. So... it doesn't add much value to a PBX unless you don't already have an Echo device.

Can't stream radio stations either.
 
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