HBF Group, Inc. / 911 Services Receives Internet Telephony Magazine's 2006 Product of the Year Award

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i-911™ VoIP Emergency Call Routing Solution Honored for Outstanding Innovation

HBF Group, Inc. announced today that their Enhanced 9-1-1 VoIP solution, i-911™, has received a 2006 Product of the Year Award from Technology Marketing Corporation's (TMC®)Internet Telephony magazine.

HBF's i-911 VoIP solution provides FCC and CRTC compliant enhanced 9-1-1 call routing and handling for VoIP service providers and Enterprises utilizing an IP/PBX system. One of the unique features of i-911 that sets it apart from other solutions is a "One Step" aspect of the call interaction and services.

As opposed to other solutions that require the provider's soft switch to send multiple messages during a 9-1-1 call, HBF's solution requires just one SIP Invite to the i-911 VoIP Positioning Center platform. The all-inclusive i-911 platform takes the call from there, providing address validation, routing determination and integrated call delivery to the correct Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP). The "One Step" simplifies the emergency call process allowing providers to simply hand the call off to i-911 with the assurance that the call will be accurately and quickly routed and responded to by a PSAP.

"HBF is honored to gain this recognition for our VoIP E9-1-1 solution. For over 20 years, we have been a technology leader in the 9-1-1 industry and our expansion into VoIP with the most technologically advanced solution in the marketplace is a natural step for us" states Hank Johnson, CEO of HBF.

"Internet Telephony is proud to bestow HBF Group, Inc. with a 2006 Product of the Year Award. Each year, Internet Telephony magazine recognizes companies that have demonstrated excellence in technological advancement and application refinements," said Nadji Tehrani, Executive Group Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Internet Telephony. "HBF Group, Inc. has proven they are committed to quality and excellence in solutions that benefit the customer experience as well as ROI for the companies that use them. I am pleased to honor their hard work and accomplishments and look forward to more innovative solutions from them in the future."

HBF will be showcasing their award winning product at the Internet Telephony Conference and Expo in Ft Lauderdale, FL, January 24-26 and will be featured in the January and February 2007 issues of Internet Telephony magazine.

About HBF

HBF Group, Inc. is the 9-1-1 technology leader providing cutting edge solutions to the 9-1-1 industry. HBF deployed the first state-wide 9-1-1 deployment in the United States as well as the first province-wide deployment in Canada. HBF offers a full line of wireline, wireless, VoIP and Enterprise 9-1-1 products and services for all of North America and serves world-class carriers including Sprint, Verizon, MTS, Aliant, Vonage Canada and many other top-tier VoIP Service Providers. For more information on HBF, visit http://www.hbfgroup.com or call 512.481.0911

About Internet Telephony® magazine

Since the first issue in February of 1998, Internet Telephony is the only magazine that focuses on providing information in IP communications technologies. Internet Telephony magazine provides readers with the best information necessary to learn about and purchase the equipment, software, and services. Internet Telephony offers rich content from solutions-focused editorial content to reviews on products and services from TMC Labs and Miercom. The only BPA-audited publication that's 100% dedicated to providing the highest quality content for the IP communications market, Internet Telephony has 55,000 dedicated readers.

About TMC

Technology Marketing Corporation (TMC) publishes four print publications: Customer Interaction Solutions, Internet Telephony, SIP Magazine and IMS Magazine. TMCnet, TMC's Web site, is the leading source of news and articles for the communications and technology industries. Ranked in the top 2,600 sites in the world by alexa.com*, TMCnet serves more than one million unique visitors each month. TMC is also the first publisher to test new products in its own on-site laboratories, TMC Labs. In addition, TMC produces Internet Telephony Conference & EXPO, The VoIP Developer Conference, VoIP Demo, IMS Expo and Call Center 2.0 Conference. TMCnet.com publishes more than 15 topical online newsletters. For more information about TMC, visit http://www.tmcnet.com. (*alexa.com is an amazon.com company that ranks Web sites by their traffic levels. Neither alexa.com nor amazon.com is affiliated with TMCnet.)

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