Fonix(R) and Audium Collaborate to Expand Voice and Data Solutions; Fonix to Support VoiceXML Application Developer with FAAST(R) Framework

Mar 29, 2001, 00:00 ET from Fonix Corporation

    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, mediarel@fonix.com, or Investors, Michelle Aamodt, 801-328-0161,
 invrel@fonix.com, both of Fonix Corporation, www.fonix.com, 801-553-6600.
 
     Note:  The statements released by Fonix Corporation that are not purely
 historical are forward-looking within the meaning of the "Safe Harbor"
 provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including
 statements regarding the Company's expectations, hopes, intentions, and
 strategies for the future.  Investors are cautioned that forward-looking
 statements involve risk and uncertainties that may affect the Company's
 business prospects and performance.  It is important to note that the
 Company's actual results could differ materially from those in such forward-
 looking statements.  Risk factors including general economic, competitive,
 governmental, and technological factors as discussed in the Company's filings
 with the SEC on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K.  The Company does not undertake any
 responsibility to update the forward-looking statements contained in this
 release.
 
 

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