[VoiceOps] BW RADIUS CDR interface

David Sarvai dsarvai at DSCICORP.com
Mon Feb 22 15:32:23 EST 2010

Why not just use the CDR files Broadsoft generates, and turn the FTP reporting period down low (15 minutes?)  This way, you'll get a single data dump every X minutes, which you can parse and load into your DB to report off of.

The benefit of Radius is you get the data real-time.  But if you're not making real-time decisions on each call, you are wasted your money.

We parsing Broadsoft CDRs hourly and then do all of our anti-fraud tests.  No need for the real-time records, as we would probably only do the fraud tests every 15 minutes anyway.


From: voiceops-bounces at voiceops.org [mailto:voiceops-bounces at voiceops.org] On Behalf Of Jason L. Nesheim
Sent: Monday, February 22, 2010 2:28 PM
To: David Hiers
Cc: VoiceOps at voiceops.org
Subject: Re: [VoiceOps] BW RADIUS CDR interface

I think it depends what you're planning on using it for.  In my case, I wanted to use it for call traffic analysis (ex. calls volumes to NPAs, gateways, etc) and troubleshooting tools for our repair departments.  I had developed a perl module for FreeRadius that would store the CDRs into a reporting and troubleshooting database which worked out fairly well.  However, the licensing model that Broadsoft uses for the Radius interface isn't very "efficient" and has been a major problem for our deployment.  It seems Broadsoft only anticipates customers using the Radius interface for enhanced call logging and billing and prices it around that which makes it an expensive feature to use solely for network analysis.

Other than the licensing issues, the interface works fairly well.  It could use some better documentation on what the VSAs are, but most of that can be reverse engineered from the CSV accounting files since the column sequences line up with the VSA numbers.
Jason Nesheim

----- Original Message -----
From: "David Hiers" <hiersd at gmail.com>
To: VoiceOps at voiceops.org
Sent: Monday, February 22, 2010 6:30:04 AM
Subject: [VoiceOps] BW RADIUS CDR interface

A quick question for the brain trust:

If you use the BW RADIUS CDR interface, are you happy with it?


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