Telephony Bot APIs are callback style APIs (webhooks) that can connect bot frameworks to telephony, speech recognition and text-to-speech. Back-end web and bot developers can invoke these APIs to easily build conversational voice bots and speech-enabled IVRs.
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Update Dec 2020: We have renamed RTC Callback APIs to Telephony Bot APIs to better reflect how developers can use these APIs - which is build Voice Bots, IVRs.
If you have wanted to voice enable your Chatbot or build your own Telephony based Voice Bot or a Speech-enabled IVR, Voicegain has built an API that is really cool - Release 1.12.0 of Voicegain Speech-to-Text Platform now includes Telephony Bot APIs (formerly called RTC Callback APIs in the past).
Voicegain Telephony Bot APIs enables any NLU/Bot Framework to easily integrate with PSTN/telephony infrastructure using either (a) SIP INVITE of Voicegain platform from a CPaaS platform of your choice or (b) purchasing a phone number directly from Voicegain portal and pointing it to your Bot. You can then use these callback style APIs to (i) play prompts (ii) recognize speech utterances or DTMF digits (iii) allow for barge-in and several other exciting features. We offer sample code that will help you easily integrate a Bot Framework of your choice to our Telephony Bot APIs.
If you do not have a Bot Framework, thats okay too. You can write the logic in any backend programming language (Python, Java or Node.JS) that can serialize responses in a JSON format and interact with our Callback style APIs. Voicegain also offers a declarative YAML format to define the call flow and you can host this YAML file logic and interact with these APIs. Developers can also code and deploy the application logic in a server-less computing environment like Amazon Lambda.
Many enterprises - in banking, financial services , health care, telecom and retail - are stuck with legacy telephony based IVRs that are approaching obsolescence.
Voicegain's Telephony Bot APIs provide a great future-proof upgrade path for such enterprises. Since these APIs are based on web callbacks, they can interact with any backend programming language. So any backend web developer can design, build and maintain such apps.
With Telephony Bot APIs, integration becomes much simpler for developers.
1) You can SIP INVITE the Voicegain Speech-to-Text/ASR platform to a SIP/RTP session for as long as is needed. We support SIP integration with CPaaS platforms like Twilio, Signalwire and Telnyx. We also support CCaaS platforms like Genesys, Cisco and Avaya.
2) We also support direct phone number ordering and SIP Trunks from the Voicegain Web Console. More integrations will be added soon.
Telephony Bot APIs are based on web callbacks where the actual program/ implementation is on the Client side and the Voicegain Telephony Bot APIs define the Requests and Responses. The meaning of Requests and Responses is reversed w.r.t what you would see in a normal Web API:
Below is an example of a simple phone call interaction which is controlled by Telephony Bot API. The sequence diagram shows 4 callbacks during a toy survey call:
Telephony Bot API supports 4 types of actions:
Each call can be recorded (two channel recording) and then transcribed. The recording and the transcript can be accessed from the portal as well as via the API.
Features coming soon:
One of the previous blog posts described a Voice Bot built using Twilio, Voicegain, RASA, and AWS Lambda. Twilio was used for telephony (phone numbers, SIP Trunking, TwiML for call control) Voicegain provided the ASR/speech recognition, while AWS Lambda was coordinating the actions. The setup works but is involved. The need to pass the speech recognition results via S3 (as Lambda is stateless and does not have memory between function calls) may occasionally cause delays in requests and responses.
Voicegain now integrates with Amazon Chime Voice Connector to offer a pay as you go SIP Trunking service directly from the Voicegain web console. You can also purchase phone numbers and receive inbound calls. Support for making outbound Speech IVR calls is in the works.
Of course, we continue to support developer that use Twilio and SignalWire using simple SIP INVITE - this blog describes how.
The sequence diagram is provided below. It is very simple. Basically, the sequence of operations is as follows:
The sample code for the Lambda function (in python and node.js versions) is available on our github.
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