SALT LAKE CITY, March 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Fonix(R) Corporation (OTC Bulletin Board: FONX), a leading provider of natural-user-interface technology solutions for wireless and mobile devices, Internet and telephony systems, and vehicle telematics, and Audium, a developer of voice server and application software that allows people to access Internet information and complete online transactions using any telephone, today announced that they have entered into a collaboration agreement to provide an integrated platform for generating powerful VoiceXML-based solutions for Internet and telephony systems. Fonix and Audium will join forces to integrate the Fonix FAAST speech application development framework with Audium's voice application development platform. This combination will allow enterprise solutions developers to implement powerful Internet voice portal and IVR telephony applications. The VoiceXML support will be integrated into Fonix FAAST framework technology. The result will be a more cost-effective, high-quality solution for Fonix and Audium customers. These customers include voice portal service providers and Internet enterprise solutions developers. "Our agreement to work with Audium to offer an integrated development capability for Audium's VoiceXML applications responds to the needs of the VoiceXML marketplace and specifically to requests from our customers," said John A. Oberteuffer, Ph.D., Fonix Chief Technology Officer. "Our VoiceXML FAAST framework, combined with Audium's powerful applications development platform will make creating advanced voice applications simpler and more cost- effective for enterprise level users." "Audium is looking forward to utilizing the Fonix FAAST framework and speech engines as a robust speech-enabling option for our application interfaces," said Cory Wright, Audium Chief Operating Officer. "We are always looking to enhance our offering by leveraging leading edge technology with our Voice Application Server, and feel that the Fonix framework will be a compelling option for our customers when evaluating our voice applications. The FAAST Framework is a development environment for designing, building, and implementing applications that integrate advanced speech technologies. FAAST components include tools for Server, PDA, and embedded systems and support major operating systems and hardware platforms in these systems. Components of FAAST include various class libraries in C++ and Java, ActiveX Controls, the Fonix Customized Vocabulary Text-To-Speech Engine, the Fonix Unlimited Vocabulary Text-To-Speech Engine, and the Fonix Multi-lingual Text- To-Speech Engine. The FAAST Framework can also support Fonix speaker- independent speech recognition engines as well as non-Fonix speech engines, when required, providing developers with additional flexibility in meeting specific end-user requirements. About Fonix Corporation Fonix Corporation (OTC Bulletin Board: FONX) is a leading provider of natural-user-interface technology and solutions for wireless and mobile devices, Internet and telephony systems, and vehicle telematics. Leading chip manufacturers, independent software and hardware vendors, and Internet content and service providers incorporate Fonix technology to provide their customers with an easier and more convenient user experience. Fonix products, including Text-To-Speech (TTS), Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR), and Handwriting Recognition (HWR), can be implemented easily on multiple microprocessors and operating systems, and provide the most natural communication solutions available. About Audium Corporation Audium develops VoiceXML server and application software that voice- enables mission critical applications for carriers, enterprises, and web- enabled businesses. The Manhattan-based Company's proprietary, standards- based Voice Application Server provides a common set of components to quickly develop telco-grade voice applications at greatly reduced costs, bringing web- based technologies and economies of scale to the voice world. To learn more about Audium, call (212) 609-4000 or visit www.audiumcorp.com. For further information please contact Media, Whitney Seamons, 801-553-6600, email@example.com, or Investors, Michelle Aamodt, 801-328-0161, firstname.lastname@example.org, both of Fonix Corporation, www.fonix.com, 801-553-6600. 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