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Feb 21, 2005

AudioCodes and Vail Systems Partner with Microsoft to SIP Enable Microsoft Speech Server 2004

AudioCodes and Vail Systems offer SIP-enabled product bundles to enable Microsoft Speech Server 2004 deployments.

SpeechTek West, San Francisco, CA and Lod, Israel - February 21, 2005 — AudioCodes (NASDAQ: AUDC), a leading provider of Voice over Packet (VoP) technologies and Voice Network products, and Vail Systems a leading provider of SIP-based IP telephony platform technology, speech application solutions and hosting services today announced availability of a set of SIP-based product bundles to enable development and deployments for Microsoft Speech Server 2004.  The new product bundles consist of the newly certified version of the Vail SIP Telephony Interface Manager (TIM) for Microsoft Speech Server 2004 and either an AudioCodes TP-260/SIP or an AudioCodes
MediantTM 2000 Voice over IP Media Gateway. These bundles offer Microsoft Speech Server developers and integrators a combination of software and hardware products that are ready-to-deploy, leveraging SIP to enable high performance, distributed and scalable speech applications.
“We’re pleased to see two premier vendors partner in enabling SIP-based speech applications”, said James Mastan, director of marketing for Microsoft’s Speech Server product group. “The availability of the SIP bundle today will protect customer investments in traditional TDM telephony systems while providing an evolution path to future Microsoft SIP based products.”
“The bundle of the Vail SIP TIM and AudioCodes SIP media gateways enables developers to immediately leverage SIP in creating powerful distributed speech applications based on Microsoft Speech Server 2004”, said Lior Aldema, VP of Marketing for AudioCodes.  “As the speech marketplace continues to mature and further adopt SIP, AudioCodes hopes to enable the evolution with a wide range of gateway and transcoding enabling technologies.”
AudioCodes’ TP-260/SIP offers value added resellers and integration partners a PCI-based digital media gateway board for enhanced voice services and enterprise applications. Offered in densities of
1, 2, 4 and 8 E1/T1s on a single PCI slot, the TP-260/SIP is an excellent building block for space-saving single-server enterprise solutions. The TP-260/SIP supports a range of central office and PBX TDM protocols including ISDN, CAS and E1R2 signaling.   Leveraging an on-board SIP stack, the
TP-260/SIP eliminates the need for PCI drivers and associated operating system compatibility issues.
AudioCodes’ Mediant 2000 is a stand-alone digital media gateway in a 19 inch-wide 1U package. Offered in densities of 2, 4, 8 and 16 E1/T1s, the Mediant 2000 is ideal for distributed systems that require a separate media gateway or geographical diversity.  Sharing a common software base with the TP-260/SIP, the Mediant 2000 also supports SIP and a range of central office and PBX TDM protocols including ISDN, CAS and E1R2 signaling  
“Vail is pleased to announce this offering with our long-time partner AudioCodes,” said James Whiteley, President and CEO of Vail Systems. “Their industry-leading PSTN/VoIP gateway products provide Microsoft Speech Server and Vail SIP TIM customers even more deployment options at highly competitive price points compared to TDM-only alternatives.”
The Vail SIP TIM enables enterprises to connect Microsoft Speech Server 2004 to industry standard SIP-based VoIP telephony equipment including AudioCodes SIP Gateway cards and systems.  Meeting Microsoft’s high performance standards, the Vail SIP TIM combines excellent service quality with the compelling business value of standards-based IP communications.  For additional Vail SIP TIM product information please visit http://www.vailsys.com/mss/.
Product Availability
The AudioCodes Gateway/Vail SIP TIM bundles are available from Alliance Systems (www.alliancesystems.com).   Alliance Systems offers the bundles, Microsoft Speech Server 2004 software and a number of leading Intel based servers in a full range of integrated and ready-to-install configurations.  For pricing and technical ordering information, contact Alliance Systems at: sales@alliancesystems.com.
About AudioCodes
AudioCodes Ltd. (NASDAQ: AUDC) enables the new voice infrastructure by providing innovative, reliable and cost-effective Voice over Packet technology and Voice Network products to OEMs, network equipment providers and system integrators. AudioCodes provides its customers and partners with a diverse range of flexible, comprehensive media gateway and media processing technologies, based on VoIPerfect™ –AudioCodes' underlying, best-of-breed, core media gateway architecture. The company is a market leader in voice compression technology and is a key originator of the ITU G.723.1 standard for the emerging Voice over IP market. AudioCodes voice network products feature media gateway and media server platforms for packet-based applications in the wireline, wireless, broadband access, and enhanced voice services markets. AudioCodes enabling technology products include VoIP and CTI communication boards, VoIP media gateway processors and modules, and CPE devices. Its customers include the leading telecom and data network equipment providers globally. AudioCodes' international headquarters and R&D facilities are located in Israel, with U.S. headquarters in San Jose, California. Additional offices are in Boston (MA), Chicago (IL), Research Triangle Park (NC), Somerset (NJ), Beijing, London, Mexico City, Paris and Tokyo. For more information on AudioCodes, visit www.audiocodes.com or call +1 (408) 577-0488.
About Vail Systems:
Delivering enhanced telephony application services for over 10 years, Vail Systems is the reliable choice in speech application development and hosting. The Vail SIP Platform is a carrier-grade distributed computer network that processes a wide range of interactive voice services. These services include on-demand audio conferencing, high-volume outbound notifications, and open standards speech application hosting. Vail also offers packaged speech applications and the Vail SIP Telephony Interface Manager (TIM) for Microsoft Speech Server 2004. For more information, please contact (800) 360-8245 or visit http://www.vailsys.com.