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AVST Offers Communications Solutions for Higher Education Marketplace

Unified Communications Solutions Innovator to Demonstrate CallXpress to College and University Professionals at ACUTA Conference

FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif., October 26, 2005 – Applied Voice & Speech Technologies, Inc. (AVST), a leading provider of unified communications solutions, plans to demonstrate its commitment to the higher education marketplace by showcasing its product line to communications technology professionals from colleges and universities around the world.  AVST will exhibit its industry-leading unified communications products at the 2005 ACUTA Fall Seminars conference October 30 through November 2, 2005 at the Marriott City Center in Denver, Colo.

ACUTA, which stands for the Association for Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education, is an international non-profit educational association whose core purpose is to support higher education institutions in achieving optimal use of communications technologies.  Already having success in the higher education marketplace and boasting a product line that appeals to education campuses of all sizes, AVST’s technology is a natural fit for ACUTA’s audience.

Next week at ACUTA, AVST will showcase its newest version of CallXpress®, the company’s flagship unified communications (UC) solution.  Just launched last week, CallXpress 7.71 has the largest port capacity of any UC solution in its class and enhanced user interfaces.

“AVST’s CallXpress provides administrators and faculty members with anytime, anywhere access to messages from any telephone or personal computer,” said the company’s Vice President of Marketing, Denny Michael.  “The software can be customized for each institution and specially configured to offer innovative solutions such as Homework Hotline, Career Connection, eXpress Registration and Appointment Scheduling & Calendaring.”

Institutions such as John Carroll University and Seattle Pacific University are using CallXpress to provide administrators and faculty members with the necessary tools to improve time management, giving them greater command of their productivity.  In particular, Seattle Pacific has experienced a great degree of success and return on investment with CallXpress.

According to Dave Tindall, assistant vice president for technology services at Seattle Pacific, “The ability for our faculty and staff members to maintain, store, listen to, respond to and forward voice mails in the same manner as e-mails quickly caught on.  CallXpress smoothes out the process for those that live and breath in Microsoft Outlook—when they see a voice mail, they can deal with it quickly.”

Having built upon one of the most mature and innovative unified communications solutions in the market, AVST has designed CallXpress to help employees communicate and collaborate more productively and effectively regardless of their physical location.  CallXpress enables users to have access to voice, fax and e-mail messages in a single e-mail inbox.  In addition, CallXpress supports hundreds of legacy, digital and IP switches and is designed to deliver varying levels of communications functionality on an “ala carte” basis, significantly reducing customer licensing costs while ensuring that users get the best communications technology for their individual requirements today.

For more information about the ACUTA conference, visit http://www.acuta.org/events/seminars/fse05.cfm.

ACUTA, the Association for Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education, is an international non-profit educational association serving colleges and universities.  ACUTA represents nearly 2000 individuals at 825 institutions of higher education with members ranging from small schools and community colleges to the 50 largest U.S. institutions representing diverse Carnegie classifications in all 50 states, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.  ACUTA also has Corporate Affiliate members, representing all categories of communications technology vendors who serve the college/university market.

About AVST

With more than 35 years of continuous innovation, Applied Voice & Speech Technologies, Inc. (AVST) is a trusted developer of software-based, enterprise-class Unified Communications (UC) solutions. Our mission is to design, deliver and support communications solutions that transform the productivity of individual workers, teams and enterprises while leveraging the value of their existing and evolving IT infrastructure. Thousands of businesses worldwide rely on AVST's advanced voice, mobility, team communications and business process UC solutions to meet their mission-critical communications requirements. The world-class interoperability and flexibility of AVST's UC platform provides a future-proofed bridge to their digital future. Headquartered in Orange County, California, AVST maintains facilities in Seattle, Washington, Victoria B.C., Canada, the United Kingdom, and has remote sales offices throughout the United States. AVST's UC solutions are sold and supported worldwide by an extensive network of resellers and OEM partners. To learn more about AVST, our products and partners, please visit www.avst.com or you can follow us at Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.

About XMedius

XMedius is a global leader in the field of enterprise communications solutions. Its suite of enterprise-grade on-premises and cloud communications solutions enable businesses to benefit from secure and unified communication as well as to exchange sensitive and confidential data that meets and exceeds industry regulatory compliance requirements. Based in Montreal (Canada) with offices in Seattle (USA) and Paris (France), the company serves businesses, enterprises and service providers through a global team of customer focused employees. Its solutions are deployed worldwide in over 17,500 locations across education, financial, government, healthcare, manufacturing, retail and legal services sectors. For more information about XMedius and its solutions, visit www.xmedius.com.


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