Sun pours Java into telephone handsets

Sun Microsystems, IBM and Intel this week announced their support for a Java standard which will change the face of telephony by installing reusable objects into phone systems.

The Java Telephony API was developed by Sun and Lucent Technologies along with Intel, Northern Telecom and Novell. The interface will allow developers to reuse 'telephone call control objects' to achieve such things as automated voice response over the Internet, or place Java app-lets in telephone handsets.

The interface has wide support from the some of the industry's larger players, said Sun. Next month it will go to the Enterprise Telephony Computer Forum standards body for approval.