PIKA Enables Fax Support for Asterisk-Built Applications

PIKA Fax ideal for small business applications, unified messaging and fax server environment

OTTAWA, Canada - February 26, 2008 - PIKA Technologies Inc., a developer of media-processing hardware and software, today announced that it has expanded its product range to support fax applications built on the open-source platform Asterisk. PIKA Fax software is now extended to Asterisk, allowing developers on the platform to easily build reliable fax capabilities into their applications.

"PIKA continues to develop voice and fax solutions that meet the needs of the modern application developer," said Terry Atwood, vice president of sales, marketing and customer care at PIKA. "All our products for developers using the Asterisk open-source development platform have been a great success, and the addition of fax support is the logical evolution of that product suite."

Until now, faxes could be sent and received in Asterisk-based applications only by using Span DSP, a software fax plug-in. Unlike Span DSP, PIKA Fax works independently from zaptel. Its driver works at the kernel level, providing control of real-time applications. PIKA Fax will work with any vendor's board that supports Asterisk and has been tested specifically with Digium, Sangoma and PIKA hardware.

PIKA Fax is easy to install, requiring a single install command compared to Span DSP's three packages. With Span DSP, there are additional components that must be in synch with Asterisk, and must be downloaded separately, in order for it to work. The PIKA Fax installation is a one-package installation and includes everything that the application requires in order to run.

Like all PIKA offerings, PIKA Fax is fully supported by PIKA and its customer support team. PIKA Fax was developed, tested and trialed by PIKA. It has been demonstrated to be reliable and the technology behind it is already proven in the marketplace as it uses the same software that large fax-server providers have been using for years. In addition, compatibility with broad varieties of fax machines further demonstrates the reliability and flexibility of PIKA Fax.

The benefits increase if users couple PIKA Fax software along with PIKA boards. Developers doing so can achieve up to four times the density of competing boards because the real-time applications and processing occur at the kernel level, eliminating potential roadblocks in Asterisk.

PIKA's low-density analog FXO board comes with four free fax ports enabled. This board does the fax processing on the board itself, lowering costs by reducing the need for a higher speed CPU on the PC. Other PIKA boards including high-density analog FXO and FXS and Digital T1/E1 come with 25% of the ports fax-enabled for free. Additional ports can be enabled with simple license upgrades that can be ordered online and remotely installed, eliminating costly site visits to upgrade ports.

Because of its low cost, high density, easy installation and full customer support from PIKA, PIKA Fax is an ideal solution for small businesses. Its robustness makes it a good option for high-volume fax applications in fax-server environments, and its flexibility easily enables applications for unified messaging, sending fax to email as a .tiff attachment.

For more information on PIKA Fax and to try a PIKA fax port for free visit www.pikatechnologies.com/fax

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 gateways and appliances that provide top-quality performance out of the box. PIKA sells these products 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 five consecutive years. Visit www.pikatechnologies.com or call +1-613-591-1555 for more information.

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