BIG NEWS: A rewrite of the VOCP system is nearly complete! It is based on a whole
new architecture, using the new VoiceXML::Client vxml
parser and interpreter. This means lots of new power and flexibility: you'll no longer be
limited to the box type we deem worthy--thanks to VoiceXML, anything you think of will
be doable without touching a single line of program code. Update/release in Feb 2008.
Much more than an answering machine, VOCP transforms your computer into a full-featured call answering and
voice messaging system. With the VOCP System,
you can create an unlimited number of voicemail,
and command shell
boxes which callers will navigate using their touch tone telephone. You can
send and receive
faxes, listen to
your email using text-to-speech,
filter and redirect calls
based on caller
ID information, run programs through
the telephone and more.
To run VOCP, you need to have
a computer with a voice modem and suitable OS (Linux, Un*x or others capable of running Perl and vgetty)
the vgetty program installed and configured
the VOCP program installed and configured
VOCP acts as a call answering and voice messaging system. When a call comes in on the line connected to the
voice modem, VOCP answers and the caller is placed in the root box. From there, the caller may navigate the
system tree by using the DTMF keys on the telephone.
Most boxes will play messages that present menus which lead to
which the caller selects by entering a single digit on the telephone keypad. Callers may jump to any box withing the system by
entering *, followed by the box number and, optionally, followed by the # key. The leaf nodes, or
terminal points, in the system end the call - this is where the caller will leave a voice or pager message, send or receive a
A user may also choose to log into the system, in order to
retreive voicemail messages or to run programs using the command shells. This is accomplished by accessing the special box number 999 (by entering *999#).
Many different box types exist. See the box type descriptions page for details.
The VOCP package includes
VOCP is open source software,
Copyright (C) 2000-2003 Patrick Deegan, Psychogenic INC
and is available under the terms and conditions of the GNU GPL.