AVST and Altura Communication Solutions Expand Relationship with Innovative Marketing Programs

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Applied Voice & Speech Technologies, Inc. (AVST), a leading provider of unified communications solutions, today announced an expanded strategic reseller relationship with Altura Communication Solutions (Altura) to offer innovative co-marketing programs to new and existing customers.

Applied Voice & Speech Technologies, Inc. (AVST), a leading provider of unified communications solutions, today announced an expanded strategic reseller relationship with Altura Communication Solutions (Altura) to offer innovative co-marketing programs to new and existing customers. Through a variety of integrated marketing programs, including promotional campaigns and a series of webinars, the companies will extend their reach into Altura's installed base of first-generation call processing and voice messaging users to provide educational content about the technology options available as they adopt next-generation solutions. The marketing programs are designed to communicate the advantages of a developing a long-term unified communications strategy and highlight the world class product portfolio Altura supports, including AVST's CallXpress® solution, that can make that strategy a reality.

A nationwide telecommunications services and solutions company, Altura sells and services converged solutions tailored to more than 6,000 businesses and organizations through more than thirty locations nationwide. An AVST strategic partner since 1997, Altura was AVST's highest producing partner for North America in 2004. The company has a large established base of first generation call processing and voice messaging users who are eager to learn more about migrating from their legacy-based systems to more powerful, robust second generation unified communications products.

“CallXpress is a perfect fit for these users because it provides cutting-edge communications features and capabilities that are easy to install and support for the reseller and easy to use by the customer,” said AVST's Vice President of Marketing, Denny Michael. “Our goal with Altura is to educate first-generation users about their options as they consider purchasing a next-generation solution. Through a new set of co-marketing programs with Altura, we are providing these end users with the assurance that they can protect their legacy investments and economically implement their communications strategy in stages over time.”

According to Michael, Altura's customer base is made up of a variety of vertical markets including education, government, real estate and healthcare – all of which are perfect candidates for AVST's powerful CallXpress unified communications product line.

Altura maintains that the CallXpress product line is attractive to its customers because it allows them to build on existing communications infrastructure investments. “As a best-of-breed solutions provider, Altura looks to AVST as a long-term communications technology partner,” said Mark Izumi, Altura's director of sales and marketing. “AVST's unified communications solutions provide us with the ability to deliver a solution set that can evolve over time as the communication requirements of our customers change.”

Altura customers using AVST products include the State of Connecticut, Long & Foster Real Estate and John Carroll University.

About Altura

Headquartered in Anaheim, Calif., Altura Communication Solutions sells and services a variety of products, including voice over IP switching systems, unified communication systems, contact centers, multimedia conferencing systems, network and system management tools and data switching and routing products. The company has nationwide service capabilities and an enterprise customer base of more than 2,500 companies in the financial, education, healthcare and government markets. Altura is owned by Platinum Equity.

About AVST

Applied Voice & Speech Technologies, Inc. (AVST) is a leading developer of unified communications solutions for businesses of all sizes. Through its world-class unified communications platform, CallXpress®, and its innovative speech applications module, Seneca®, AVST offers the industry's most powerful suite of switch-independent unified communications solutions. AVST's solutions enable direct access to an enterprise's communications infrastructure including voice mail, e-mail and fax messaging from any voice or data device via a touch-tone, GUI or speech interface. Established in September 2003, AVST was formed from the combined businesses of Sound Advantage (established in 1997) and the AVT division (established in 1982) of Captaris, Inc.

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 over 35,000 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, VP of Marketing at 949-699-2300 or access the company's website at http://www.avst.com.

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