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WARP, the PIKA Appliance, now generally available

OTTAWA, June 5 /PRNewswire/ - PIKA Technologies Inc., a leading developer of media processing hardware and software, today announced its family of Appliances is now ready to ship to its customers. The Appliance for Asterisk and the Appliance for Linux are smaller-sized and lower-cost alternatives to the traditional deployment platform of an off-the-shelf computer with plug-in voice boards, and have been purpose built for voice-application deployment. They are ideal for deploying small-medium sized IP-PBX systems, integrated voice response (IVR) self-service systems, predictive dialing systems, fax servers and many others.

OTTAWA, June 5 /PRNewswire/ – PIKA Technologies Inc., a leading developer of media processing hardware and software, today announced its family of Appliances is now ready to ship to its customers. The Appliance for Asterisk and the Appliance for Linux are smaller-sized and lower-cost alternatives to the traditional deployment platform of an off-the-shelf computer with plug-in voice boards, and have been purpose built for voice-application deployment. They are ideal for deploying small-medium sized IP-PBX systems, integrated voice response (IVR) self-service systems, predictive dialing systems, fax servers and many others.

The PIKA WARP Appliance product portfolio brings application developers the hardware functionality of traditional purpose-built business telephone systems at a fraction of the cost and in a smaller, more reliable footprint than the off-the-shelf computer/voice board alternative. Typically, a business telephone system contains many features that are not available using computers. PIKA has included these features, and more, in its customizable Appliances that are compatible with Voice Over IP (VoIP) and analog trunks and telephones.

Having announced plans for the WARP product portfolio last September, PIKA has since engaged with partners and customers to test and validate the value proposition of these new out-of-the-box platforms that combine PIKA's years of expertise in telephony voice-processing and its robust, low-cost hardware components. The PIKA WARP Appliance was recently named a Product of the Year Award winner for 2007 by the Technology Marketing Corporation (TMC) and its web site Communications Solutions.

Customers have also been impressed.

"Our success is about more than our services," said Stephane Monette, operations director, Unlimitel, a VoIP service provider to SMBs. "We're not the cheapest option and we never will be, but people are referred to us because of the quality and stability of our services. By using PIKA products, we know we're offering a high-quality product that fits really well with our services."

"Not just a VoIP IP telephony device, PIKA's experience in the development of voice processing boards shines through," said Clayton Hayward, CTO, Xelnex.com, a voice recording service provider. "We needed a plug-and-play edge device for passive IP and trunk voice recording, and the high quality development API makes this appliance truly multi-faceted!"

"The PIKA WARP Appliance provides us with a cost-effective, solid state device with a small form factor to deploy our solutions," said Don Williams, chief operating officer for CTL, Inc., a designer, manufacturer and distributor of telecommunication solutions in the areas of IP telephony, unified communications, voice processing, self-service automation and pre-packaged interactive voice response (IVR). "Using PIKA WARP gives CTL the ability to truly deploy an end-to-end solution in an attractive package with a reliable design and powerful processor."

On the VoIP side, the PIKA WARP Appliance can accommodate up to a combination of 75 trunk and telephone IP end points. In addition, each unit comes equipped with one analog telephone (FXS) port for portable phones, fax machines or answering machines, and can be expanded with up to eight additional analog ports to be used for either trunks (FXO) or telephones (FXS).

"The one thing that sets PIKA`s Appliance apart from all the others on the market more than any other single feature is PADS, our PIKA Application Development Suite," said Terry Atwood, PIKA`s vice president of sales, marketing and customer care. "Through PADS, Asterisk and Linux developers are able to easily take the unique, value added features and applications they have developed, modify them for the appliance embedded environment, and compile a complete package to load on the box."

PIKA WARP features include: – Up to 75 IP trunk/station end points – Up to 9 additional analog FXO/FXS ports – Traditional telephony features: – Power failure transfer RJ11 jack(s) – Music-on-hold audio input jack – Paging system audio output jack – Ethernet and USB ports – 2×20 LCD display: Backlit, API controlled, with front panel scroll button – Powerful embedded processor – Customizable look: developers can private label Appliance to build their own brand – SD flash memory – Dynamic thermal management

For more information about the PIKA WARP Appliance product portfolio, see: http://www.pikatechnologies.com/products/appliance.htm

About PIKA Technologies

PIKA Technologies for over 20 years has been providing developers with the tools they need to build advanced voice and fax applications like IP PBX, fax broadcast and self-service IVR. As the technology landscape has changed, so too has PIKA, building out its product offering so its customers can choose the right tool set for their applications. Whether building applications using board-based media processing or using host-based solutions, application developers of all kinds turn to PIKA for their development tools.

In addition to its traditional line of hardware and software solutions, PIKA now offers a family of appliances that provide top-quality performance out of the box. PIKA sells these appliances directly and also makes them available through its growing network of resellers and distributors. Known for its exceptional customer service, PIKA's customers can expect the same high level of personalized, fast and free support that the company has always delivered. Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, the company has ranked in The Branham 300, an authoritative ranking of successful Canadian high tech firms, for six consecutive years. Visit www.pikatechnologies.com or call +1-613-591-1555 for more information.

The names of actual companies or products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners. PIKA is a registered trademark of PIKA Technologies Inc. Asterisk is a registered trademark of DIGIUM Inc.

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