I am having trouble finding some answers on the net and was hoping that someone on this board could help me. I have been researching opinion polls and testing how to run them for the past six months. I have been using Callfire’s IVR Cloud to send automated calls to thousands of numbers to conduct opinion research polls. The callers simply enter “1” or “2” and the data from that call is collected and later analyzed. If a voicemail or answering machine is detected, the system simply hangs up and moves on.
Here is my question: Is there a way to use Asterisk on your personal computer to handle these same activities, thus bypassing having to use another company’s services? The idea is that if I wanted to conduct polls for profit, I don’t want to have to pay another company’s fees for conducting the poll for my client. Instead, I would rather buy whatever needed to do all of this on my own, conducting a poll for my client and providing them with an interpretation of the data.
I really hope that makes sense. I appreciate any advice, opinions, or commentary regarding my question.