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Leading Provider of Unified Communications Solutions Teams with Business Communications Review to Launch Series of Educational Programs in Conjunction with VoiceCon Fall 2006

London, August 8, 2006 โ€“ Continuing its mission to educate end users on the benefits of unifying communications, Applied Voice & Speech Technologies, Inc. (AVST) has teamed with Business Communications Review to launch a series of educational programs, which include a webinar, print ad campaign and electronic banner campaign, in conjunction with VoiceCon Fall 2006. The webinar, titled โ€œA VoiceCon Webinar: Unifying Communications in a Multi-Vendor Environment,โ€ will take place at 7: 00 p.m. GMT / 2:00 p.m. EDT / 11:00 a.m. PDT on August 9, 2006.

According to AVST, a leading provider of advanced unified communications solutions, communications technology is rapidly changing with the integration of voice and data applications. In addition, acceptance and adoption of IP telephony has increased as the global workforce has become more mobile. As a result, it is more important than ever for companies to make sure they implement strategies to embrace these changes without having to completely rip out and replace their communications infrastructure, especially in a multi-vendor messaging environment.

โ€œIt is essential for companies to be aware of the options that are available to them when seeking to replace or upgrade their communications platform,โ€ said AVSTโ€™s Vice President of Marketing, Denny Michael. โ€œThrough years of experience and successful implementations, weโ€™ve found that one of the best and most effective tools to get the appropriate information out to end users is through informative online seminars.โ€

This latest AVST-sponsored webinar will be moderated by Eric Krapf, Co-Chair of VoiceCon and an Editor at Business Communications Review. Panellists include Hardy Myers, President and CEO of AVST, Don Van Doren, President of Vanguard Communications and Jeff Sides, Director of Voice and Wide Area Network Communications for Lincoln Financial Group. Webinar participants will learn the following:

How to leverage an existing investment in multi-vendor communications infrastructure and still take advantage of technological advances

How to migrate to IP telephony with virtually no disruption to employees and the organisation, and no need for employee retraining

How Lincoln Financial Group, a Fortune 500 financial services company, was able to integrate a multi-location, multi-PBX, multi-vendor environment to a single company wide communications solution

Also as part of this series of educational programs, AVSTโ€™s electronic banner campaign will run from June until December and will drive end users to view โ€œUnifying Communications: The Movie,โ€ a short film produced by AVST that explains the benefits of unified communications and AVSTโ€™s flagship CallXpressยฎ solution. The film clip can be viewed online at

Additionally, AVST will be on hand at VoiceCon Fall 2006, located at Booth 538, from August 21-24, 2006 in San Francisco to further its goal of educating end users about how to unify communications. Now in its 16th year, VoiceCon is the leading conference and exhibition for enterprise voice, IP telephony and convergence in North America. The conference is a perfect venue for AVSTโ€™s mission as it brings decision makers together with the industry's pioneering end users, vendors and consultants to focus on the issues central to enterprise voice networks and the migration to IP telephony and convergence.

To access the free webinar on August 9, 2006, please register at or via the AVST website at

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, CallXpressยฎ, and its innovative speech applications module, Senecaยฎ, AVST offers the industryโ€™s most powerful suite of switch-independent unified communications solutions. AVSTโ€™s solutions enable direct access to an enterpriseโ€™s communications infrastructure including voice mail, email 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, CA, AVST maintains facilities in Seattle, WA and the United Kingdom and has remote sales offices across the United States. With over 35,000 systems installed worldwide, AVSTโ€™s unified communications solutions are sold and supported internationally by an extensive network of resellers and OEM partners. For more information contact Paul Cheslaw, Vice President & General Manager, EMEA on 0870 444 8403 or access the company's website at

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