University of New Mexico Selects CallXpress

AVST’s Unified Communications Solution Chosen for High Reliability, Ease of Adoption

FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif., February 4, 2009 – Communications solutions innovator Applied Voice & Speech Technologies, Inc. (AVST) today announced that its flagship product, CallXpress®, was selected by the University of New Mexico (UNM) to support over 9,000 users campus wide.

UNM is the state’s largest university, and when it became apparent that its current voicemail system was performing unreliably, a decision regarding a replacement needed to be made quickly.  With a hospital, health science center, campus security, poison control center, and over 9,000 students and faculty relying on the voicemail systems it was critical that the University be able to rely on its communications infrastructure.  With business continuity being affected due to the unreliability of the current voicemail system, time was of the essence as UNM set out to replace its current system.

Working with a very aggressive timeline, Technical Support Analyst and Voicemail Administrator Margaret Krawic teamed with Information Technology Services Director Paula Loendorf and Associate Directors Mark Reynolds and Ann Swancer to issue an RFP, with the overriding requirement that the system ultimately chosen needed to provide reliability and stability above all else.  UNM’s entire campus community has high exposure to the voicemail system, and any system fallibility would be deemed unacceptable.

After careful consideration and undisputed positive feedback from other universities and corporate references, UNM opted to deploy CallXpress over other systems.  A best-of-breed Unified Communications solution that delivers world-class call processing, voicemail, unified messaging and advanced speech applications, CallXpress integrated flawlessly with UNM’s NEC IP-PBX system.  AVST’s intuitive Telephone User Interfaces (TUIs) enabled easy adoption for UNM’s end users, with no disruption in workflow.  

Every single organization that we talked to that owned a CallXpress system noted that it was easy to install, extremely stable, and bottom line – it worked,” commented Reynolds.  “UNM’s diverse networking environment, which supports many high-volume, critical-path departments, requires a communications infrastructure that works reliably from day one and needs no babysitting – CallXpress fits the bill on all accounts.  I can now go on vacation and not even give a second thought to the voicemail system, as I know CallXpress is doing its job. ”

UNM’s installation and cutover of CallXpress went off without a hitch.  On the first business day, CallXpress took almost 48,000 calls with no technical issues to speak of.   According to Krawic, “CallXpress was implemented over a holiday weekend, which meant that on its first full business day in operation, the call volume was exceptionally high.  The system didn’t miss a beat.”

UNM officials were introduced to CallXpress by Black Box Corporation (NASDAQ:BBOX), a trusted partner and AVST reseller.  “We are very pleased to add the University of New Mexico to our family of valued customers,” noted Crosby Smith, Vice President, Western Region for Black Box.   “The UNM staff could not have been any easier to work with, and it was a great team effort by all involved to select, purchase and deploy AVST’s solution within the 90-day timeframe allotted.”  Also instrumental in the deployment of CallXpress was NEC Unified, which supported this installation and integration to UNM’s existing NEC PBX system.

“CallXpress is a perfect fit for UNM’s dynamic environment and high expectations for reliability,” said Denny Michael, AVST’s Vice President of Marketing.  “Having deployed CallXpress in nearly 800 educational institutions, AVST is highly experienced in automating and making communication more efficient for students, faculty and staff within any type of educational environment, from the smallest schools to the largest universities.”

With over 40,000 systems deployed worldwide, AVST’s best-of-breed Unified Communications solution, CallXpress, delivers world-class call processing, voicemail, unified messaging, fax, notification and speech-enabled personal assistant and automated attendant capabilities to help organizations become more productive.  Users can manage voice, fax and e-mail messages from any location at any time—via laptop, telephone, cell phone, or the Internet. 

About The University of New Mexico
Founded in 1889, The University of New Mexico occupies 600 acres along old Route 66 in the heart of Albuquerque.  UNM is the state's largest university, serving more than 32,000 students.  UNM is home to the state's only schools of law, medicine, pharmacy, and architecture and operates New Mexico's only academic health center. UNM is noted for comprehensive undergraduate programs and research that benefits the state and the nation.

About Black Box
Black Box is the world’s largest technical services company dedicated to designing, building and maintaining today’s complicated data and voice infrastructure systems. Black Box services 175,000 clients in 141 countries with 191 offices throughout the world. To learn more, visit the Black Box Web site at http://www.blackbox.com.

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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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