SOURCE: AVST

July 14, 2008 10:00 ET

AVST Demonstrates Benefits of Unified Communications for Higher Education Market

Company Invites CallXpress® Administrators, IT Directors to User Group Meeting at Annual ACUTA Conference

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - July 14, 2008) - Applied Voice & Speech Technologies, Inc. (AVST) will be showcasing its flagship Unified Communications platform, CallXpress, at the ACUTA 37th Annual Conference and Exhibition this week in Las Vegas. Having deployed CallXpress in more than 700 educational institutions, AVST is highly experienced in automating and making communication more efficient for students, faculty and staff within an educational environment. AVST will be demonstrating CallXpress at booth #613 on the show floor at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, from July 13 - 15.

CallXpress administrators and IT directors are invited to attend AVST's second CallXpress User Group Meeting, as the company launches the CallXpress Higher Education Beta Forum. At the user group meeting, attendees will learn about recent enhancements to CallXpress, listen to AVST executives speak about product development plans for CallXpress, and have the opportunity to ask questions of AVST's President & CEO, Hardy Myers, as well as other CallXpress users. Additionally, attendees will be among the first users to have access to AVST's Higher Education Online Community Beta Forum, a destination on the web specifically designated for CallXpress users that enables networking and knowledge sharing. Led by Scott Claverie, a member of AVST's Customer Advisory Council and Director of Communications Services at California State University - Chico, the user group meeting was held on July 13 at Caesar's Palace.

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 2,000 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.

"User group meetings are designed as forums where members can learn from others that are using the same products," noted Denny Michael, AVST's Vice President of Marketing. "AVST is committed to educating higher education administrators about the options available for upgrading to advanced communications systems. Our technology is a natural fit for ACUTA's audience, making this the perfect place to introduce our communication strategy to the higher education industry by providing them with a forum to share information and actively participate in the development of the next generation of AVST's products."

CallXpress delivers world-class call processing, voice mail, unified messaging, fax, notification and speech-enabled personal assistant capabilities 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 is the ideal solution to replace legacy voice mail systems as well as support the latest IP-PBX integrations. CallXpress was developed to offer quick and painless conversions to next generation technology through speedy implementation, simple administration and maintenance and telephone user interface emulations that are already familiar to users resulting 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 three years. For more information about AVST's products for the higher education marketplace, visit the company's website at www.avst.com. For more information on the AVST CallXpress User Forum please visit www.avst.com/forum.

About AVST

Applied Voice & Speech Technologies, Inc. (AVST) is a leading developer of communications solutions for businesses of all sizes. Through its world-class unified communications platform, CallXpress®, AVST offers the industry's most powerful suite of second generation communications solutions, including voice messaging, unified messaging, fax, notification, and speech-enabled applications (including automated attendant and hands-free mobile worker access), and call processing (including embedded IVR).

The CallXpress unified communications platform is designed to facilitate the enterprise migration from legacy TDM call processing and voice mail solutions to IP-enabled unified communications by delivering the interoperability, scalability, feature depth and flexibility, and administrative capabilities that enterprise IT and Telecom teams are demanding.

Headquartered in Orange County, Calif., AVST maintains facilities in Seattle, Wash. and the United Kingdom and has remote sales offices across the United States. With more than 40,000 systems installed worldwide, AVST's unified communications solutions are sold and supported internationally by an extensive network of resellers and OEM partners. For more information contact Denny Michael, Vice President of Marketing, at 949-699-2300 or access the company's Website at www.avst.com.

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