Hopper's Blog

The purpose of this blog is to track the progress of a SIP-based, P2P technology called damaka. I have been using damaka extensively and would like to see how this Texas-based company is going to grow and compete against the big giants in telecommunication and software. Rooting for the Underdog ....

Monday, October 16, 2006

Do We Even Need WebEx Anymore when There's Free Desktop Share



damaka Launches Industry’s First Peer-to-Peer Desktop Share;
damaka users see each others' desktop while communicating using voice, video and IM

RICHARDSON, Texas – October 5, 2006 – damaka™, a fast-growing communication and collaboration software company, introduces peer-to-peer desktop share. This feature allows users to see the desktop of their friends, family, and business associates after downloading the damaka software for free from the company website. Desktop share is a new feature added to damaka’s existing product offering which includes voice, video, DialOut™, IM, and file transfer.

Full Story:
http://damaka.com/press_release_desktopshare.htm

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Now They Have Desktop-Sharing - How Cool!



damaka Launches Industry’s First Peer-to-Peer Desktop Share

damaka users see each others desktop while communicating using voice, video, and IM

RICHARDSON, Texas – October 5, 2006 – damaka™, a fast-growing communication and collaboration software company, introduces peer-to-peer desktop share. This feature allows users to see the desktop of their friends, family, and business associates after downloading the damaka software for free from the company website. Desktop share is a new feature added to damaka’s existing product offering which includes voice, video, DialOut™, IM, and file transfer.

damaka is the first company in the world to offer SIP-based, peer-to-peer desktop sharing, along with multi-party video-conferencing, IM conference chats, and 8-party voice-calls. The company founders noted that their vision is to create an interconnected world where all aspects of communication, from a simple phone call to a powerful collaboration session can take place in a virtual environment seamlessly, easily, and joyfully.

According to Siva Ravikumar, damaka CEO, “damaka has already tackled the unified communication space. Our goal now is to be the cutting-edge provider of peer-to-peer collaboration. Desktop share is just the beginning of a suite of collaboration tools we plan to launch. Our goal is to create a Connection Revolution where you will not have to fly to another city again for your meetings.”

The damaka free consumer version offers peer-to-peer desktop sharing in view mode only. The damaka Enterprise and Operator version will include an upgrade where one user can give control of their desktop to another user within his or her peer-to-peer network.

About damaka, Inc.
damaka™ (www.damaka.com) is the world's most comprehensive, peer-to-peer, standards-based communication & collaboration software. damaka provides voice, video, IM, file transfer, desktop sharing & other features in an easy-to-use, real-time environment. A technology pioneer in distributed softswitching, damaka offers its white-label solution to Operators, Enterprises and Consumers. The damaka platform is based on industry standards and uses patent pending technology to provide a very secure peer-to-peer environment for Internet users worldwide.

Monday, October 02, 2006

More Options for Cheap Phone Calls - Keep It Up, Folks!



Damaka Launches DialOut™ Service for PC-to-Phone Calling – Price of Phone Calls Continues to Drop

A 13-year-old in Texas can clearly hear and see her grandmother in India without the high phone bills

RICHARDSON, Texas - September 25, 2006 – Cheap phone calls is now available to users worldwide using damaka’s DialOut™ service. After downloading damaka for free, a user can make a call from a personal computer to anywhere in the world at a fraction of the price charged by operators and phone card companies. Sample damaka per minute rates: US (1.9¢), India (9.8¢), China (1.8¢), UK (1.5¢), Singapore (1.4¢), Spain (1.7¢).

A cheap phone call, however, is just one of damaka’s product offerings. The standards-based solution comes with free video calling, free voicemail, Smart IM™, and soon-to-be-released, desktop sharing. These features, combined with the PC-to-Phone launch, makes damaka the most comprehensive, peer-to-peer, standards-based communication and collaboration software in the world. damaka also plans to launch DialIn™ feature shortly.

According to Chelsey Antony of Plano, Texas, “It took us about 30 seconds to download damaka from the Internet. After that, I could call my Grandma’s mobile phone in India and she sounded as if she was right next door. I could hear her excitement when I told her I got an A in math.”

According to Chandan Chopra, Director of IT at damaka. “Adding PC-to-Phone capabilities to our SIP-based, Peer-to-Peer platform adds a significant dimension to our existing suite of product offerings and underscores our commitment to increase user experience and deliver the next generation collaboration & communication software. “

damaka also offers an upgraded version of its software to corporations needing a one-stop-shop for unified communication and collaboration. A company can save the hassle of using one vendor for phone calls, another for video conferencing, and an unsecured third-party for IM. In less than 30 days, damaka can build, customize, and launch a private peer-to-peer network for companies ranging from a small start-up to a global conglomerate.

Screenshot: http://www.damaka.com/dialout/

For more information, please contact:
Irna Hutabarat bizdev@damaka.net, or +1.860.869.9409.

About damaka, Inc.
damaka (www.damaka.com) is a technology pioneer in distributed softswitching for multimedia communication and collaboration services. damaka offers its state-of-the-art software solutions to Operators, Enterprises and Consumers. damaka platform is based on industry standards and uses patent pending technology, which provides a very secure peer-to-peer environment for Internet users worldwide.

No Server In the Middle - Does that Mean My Video Calls Can't Get Recorded and I Don't Have to Worry About Them Popping Up on MySpace?


damaka Launches World’s First Standards Based Desktop Multi-party Peer-to-Peer Video-Conferencing

Desktop video-conferencing for up to four people at once brings Jetson-like environment to home and office

RICHARDSON, Texas – September 5, 2006 – Before you call your loved ones, check out damaka’s peer-to-peer video-conferencing. Whether you are a businessman traveling in Japan or a mother wanting to talk to her son in Mexico, a simple download of damaka, paired with a webcam, will allow you to see up to four of your family and friends simultaneously from the comfort of your desktop. With its breakthrough Personal Softswitch™, damaka launches affordable, multi-party video-conferencing in pure software format, bringing Jetson-like voice and video communication to the office and home.

According to Siva Ravikumar, CEO, “What makes damaka unique is that it uses SIP-based P2P technology with no server in the middle. This means that data packets are transmitted directly from one user to another. Today’s video-conferencing technology uses the client/server platform, which requires expensive servers or the use of a third party provider. damaka is the only direct P2P video-conferencing solution available in the world today which allows for affordable, scalable, end-to-end-encrypted video-conferencing for up to four people.”

damaka’s vision is to use best-in-class video (H.263/H.264), combined with P2P telephony, instant messaging, email, SMS, and gaming, to create a one-stop-shop for all communication and collaboration needs. The unified communication solution gives higher flexibility not only for a CEO to have a private conversation from his/her office to counterparts worldwide, but also for families in different parts of the world to have affordable face-to-face chats from the comfort of their homes.

damaka licenses its software to operators who are interested in new revenue streams with minimal infrastructure investment and to enterprises interested in a secure collaboration platform. damaka also plans to work with online communities and dating sites interested in a low-cost, scalable, feature-rich platform to empower its members to communicate directly and privately with one another.

Screenshot: http://www.damaka.com/p2pvideoconferencing.htm

For more information, please contact:
Irna Hutabarat bizdev@damaka.net, or +1 860 869 9409.

About damaka, Inc.
damaka (www.damaka.com) is a technology pioneer in distributed softswitching for multimedia communication and collaboration services. damaka offers its state-of-the-art software solutions to Operators, Enterprises and Consumers. damaka platform is based on industry standards and uses patent pending technology, which provides a very secure peer-to-peer environment for Internet users worldwide.

Spanish Community as a First-Mover ....

damaka Brings Hispanic Community Closer Together with Peer-to-Peer Voice and Video Communication

Affordable, private, end-to-end-encrypted, and scalable voice, video, and instant messaging solution launched for Spanish-speaking community

RICHARDSON, Texas – October 2, 2006 – “Hola” is no longer just a word sent over a traditional telephone line. With damaka, “Hola” can accompany a smile transmitted over a private video channel, a red heart icon sent over instant messaging, and a sensuous voice traveling through the internet cloud. damaka has been working with Fonet Global which has a strong presence in Mexico to launch d00d, the world’s first SIP based secure, encrypted, peer-to-peer voice, video and data communication solution wrapped into a small software targeted for the Hispanic community (http://www.myd00d.com).

“The Spanish community is family-oriented,” said Hector Terrazas, CEO of Fonet Global, “Face-to-face meetings are important. damaka’s technology brings that togetherness to the desktop. The video feature will be an attraction, giving the community the chance to communicate and see their loved ones real time using the most secure technology out there.”

Fonet plans to take the scalable, damaka-powered solution to different revenue generating avenues including enterprise communication, family conferences, online learning, online dating, and 1-900 premium service.

According to Siva Ravikumar, Founder and CEO of damaka, “Because damaka’s SIP-based pure software technology has low infrastructure requirement, the start-up cost and time to market for a telecom operator is minimal. For a competitively priced licensing fee, a telecom operator can launch its own private-labeled unified communication and collaboration solution in less than 30 days.”

Hector further noted that Fonet Global was able to adapt to the new technology much faster because of the flexible nature of their operation. “We can cut through the bureaucracy and launch this product while the market is hot,” he said. “We want to move fast so that we can leapfrog our competition in providing the most secure and high quality communication and collaborative application to our customers.”

damaka recently developed and released the best-in-class peer-to-peer multi-party video (H.263/H.264) as the cornerstone of its video offering.
For more information, please contact:
Irna Hutabarat bizdev@damaka.net, or +1 860 869 9409

About damaka, Inc.
damaka (www.damaka.com) is a technology pioneer in distributed softswitching for multimedia communication and collaboration services. damaka offers its state-of-the-art software solutions to Operators, Enterprises and Consumers. damaka platform is based on industry standards and uses patent pending technology, which provides a very secure peer-to-peer environment for Internet users worldwide.