Qovia and Nortel Networks to deliver VOIP client discovery for E911 services

June 7, 2004

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LOS ANGELES -- Qovia, Inc. of Frederick Maryland announced today at the International Nortel Network Users Association (INNUA) conference that Nortel Networks, Inc. and Qovia have signed a Letter Of Intent (LOI) that will offer Qovia’s Location Gateway Server application as part of Nortel Networks E911 solutions for customers with the Communication Server products beginning with the Nortel Networks Communication Server 1000 (CS 1000). The Location Gateway Server is a key component of Qovia’s VoIP Monitoring and Management System (VMMS) to provide E911 client location within VoIP networks. Deployment of E911 capabilities which ensure safety and reliability is one of the key factors for accelerating the adoption of VoIP phone systems in the enterprise and, ultimately, in residential markets.

Under terms of the LOI, Qovia’s Location Gateway Server application, an element of Qovia™ VMMS, will become a Nortel Networks Select Product in the September 2004 timeframe, in conjunction with the release of Succession Release 4.0 software for the CS 1000. Qovia’s system is also planned for the CS 2100 platform early in 2005. Select Product status is granted to companies whose products are tested for compatibility and approved by Nortel Networks to provide specific customer value to Nortel Networks core system capabilities.

Qovia’s Location Gateway Server application enables E911 data to be gathered and forwarded to PSAP (Public Safety Answer Point) databases to enable dispatching of emergency personnel to a terminal’s (IP phone, softclient) location. With converged networks, the tracking and location determination of mobile IP clients has presented a significant challenge to E911 systems. Qovia provides up-to-date location information as soon as clients are moved and/or re-connected to a Nortel Networks Communication Server-based VoIP network. Exact user location data is critical to police, fire and rescue teams, who often must dispatch personnel to locations where a person cannot speak; does not know their address; or where a connection is lost.

“By considering the Qovia VMMS Location Gateway Server as a Select Product on the basis of its E911 capabilities, Nortel Networks is showing its leadership in the VoIP arena by recognizing the full spectrum of VoIP management tools we can provide,” said Richard Tworek, CEO and co-founder of Qovia. “VoIP management isn’t just about Quality of Service.” In addition to QoS, VoIP management products have to be able to provide network reliability, VoIP security, ensure safety by enabling the determination of an emergency’s location, along with the expected operational savings. By adding Qovia’s E911 capabilities to Nortel Networks Communication Server platform, VoIP users can be confident that their CS 1000 is not only reliable and cost effective but that it has been supplied by an industry-recognized vendor.

Qovia Inc.

Nortel Networks Ltd.

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