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AVST Unifies Communications for the Education Market

CallXpress® Unified Communications Platform on Display for College and University Administrators at ACUTA Conference

Foothill Ranch, Calif., October 17, 2006Applied Voice & Speech Technologies, Inc. (AVST) today announced its plans to demonstrate the benefits of unifying voice and data communications in the higher education marketplace by showcasing its CallXpress product line to IT professionals from colleges and universities around the world.  Aiming to educate higher education administrators about the options available for upgrading to advanced communications systems, AVST will exhibit its industry-leading unified communications platform at the 2006 ACUTA Fall Seminar from October 22-25, 2006 at the Marriott Portland Downtown in Portland, Oregon.

ACUTA, which stands for the Association for Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education, is an international non-profit educational association serving colleges and universities.  Representing 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, ACUTA’s core purpose is to support higher education institutions in achieving optimal use of communications technologies. 

Already successful 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.  As a leading provider of advanced unified communications solutions for companies and organizations of all sizes, AVST has been transforming learning environments, from small school districts to large colleges and university departments, with its CallXpress unified communications platform for more than 20 years.  According to the company, communications technology is rapidly changing with the integration of voice and data applications, and educational organizations can benefit from the innovative features and capabilities of these applications without breaking the bank.

“Many higher education institutions are using outdated voice mail systems that are reaching end-of-life or no longer provide effective functionality,” said AVST’s Vice President of Marketing, Denny Michael.  “As campus IT administrators consider upgraded or replacement systems, it is important that they learn about and fully understand all the options that are available to them.  Those who choose to adopt unified communications will have a tremendous advantage, including increased mobility and productivity for faculty, staff and students, as well as lower costs.”

CallXpress, for example, delivers world-class call processing, voice messaging, unified messaging and advanced speech applications to help colleges and universities become more productive.  Staff can manage voice, fax and e-mail messages from any location at any time—via laptop, telephone, cell phone or the Internet.  In addition, the platform easily integrates with most legacy voice mail systems as well as the latest IP systems.  It therefore offers quick, painless and inexpensive system upgrades through speedy implementation, simple administration and maintenance, and added user interface emulations that are already familiar to users and result in minimal training.

AVST is a Corporate Affiliate of ACUTA and has been acknowledged for its support of ACUTA’s regional and national events over the last two years.  As part of its higher education awareness initiative, AVST also recently teamed with Campus Technology, the only monthly publication focusing exclusively on the use of technology across all areas of higher education, to deliver a webinar titled “The Roadmap to Unified Communications: Surprise! You May Already Have What You Need.”  The webinar, which took place last week, was archived on the Campus Technology website and can be viewed at http://www.avst.com/r/ct.asp.

For more information about AVST’s products for the higher education marketplace visit the company’s website at www.avst.com.  AVST’s CallXpress Education Resource CD can be accessed at www.avst.com/education.

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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