Richard has life-long experience in developing telephony software and services spanning premium rate, complex switching platforms and enhanced telecommunication services, including speech recognition in public networks.
Richard designed and developed the first premium rate telephony software in Australia during the late 1980s for Kerry Packer’s Australian Consolidated Press, one of the world’s largest media companies. This software is still in use today by the same division and continues to outperform its competitors in features and flexibility.
As the founding CTO of Steadycom Ltd, he designed and developed telephony software through the 1990s used by providers and carriers globally. Services included premium rate, pre-paid, pbx, voicemail, unified messaging, predictive dialler, legal call interception, audio conference, fax broadcast, least cost routing. Customers included OneTel, Vodafone, Primus Telecom, AAPT, Tata Telecom, and Escotel Telecom. The software was also rated best in world and OEM’d by Compaq HP and Intel.
HP Compaq rated this software best in the world and OEM’ed a version to run on Compaq Tru64 for the world’s first CS2 compliant Service Node in their carrier markets.
The Compaq OEM version ran on Tru64 for their carrier markets. Development of the world’s first CS2 compliant Service Node solution was carried out between Adelaide, Australia and Compaq in Annecy, France.
Intel also selected this software for their high density, highly scalable, Linux based Open Programmable Switch and later OEM’ed it for their NetMerge Media Communications Carrier Software (MCCS).
Intel’s version was used in their high density and highly scalable Open Programmable Switch based on the Linux operating system and Intel/Dialogic hardware. Intel later OEM’d this product which today remains part of Intel’s current NetMerge suite, known as the Intel NetMerge Media Communications Carrier Software (MCCS).
The Steadycom business was acquired in 2001 by Pracom Ltd, a publicly listed company, for $60m. Richard founded SkunkWorks Australia in 2002 which changed it’s name to TelcoEdge in 2013, and co-founded Pep-Talk International in 2005.
Richard’s development management, innovation and design skills are recognised globally.