KanHan receives [Certificate of Merit] in the Communications Applications Category of the Apicta 2004 Further Breaks into the International market

(13 December 2004 - Hong Kong) ─ KanHan Technologies Limited (KanHan) today announced that the HanVoice Server and HanPhone Server developed by its subsidiary, KanHan Technologies Company Limited ("the Company"), were awarded Certificates of Merit in the Communications Applications Category of the APICTA (Asia Pacific Information and Communications Technology Awards) 2004. KanHan is the only one nominee from Hong Kong Company in the awards of communications applications category.

The Asia Pacific Information Communications Technology Awards (APICTA) is an international Awards Program that recognizes outstanding achievements in information technology application and innovation in Asia Pacific Region. Participants of the Awards Program comprise members of the APICTA Network. By providing networking and product benchmarking opportunities to ICT innovators and entrepreneurs in the region, the program is designed to stimulate ICT innovation and creativity, promote economic and trade relations, facilitate technology transfer, and offer business matching opportunities via exposure to venture capitalists and investors.

APICTA was presented annual since 2001, Its 14 member-economies include Australia, Brunei, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam. The first two APICTA Awards were held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2001 and 2002 while the third was held in Bangkok, Thailand in 2003. This year, awards program was held in Hong Kong on 8-10 December 2004. Hong Kong Computer Society is the Hosting Organization. Commerce, Industry, and Technology Bureau of HKSAR Government, Hong Kong Trade Development Council, Hong Kong Productivity Council, Hong Kong Cyberport Management Ltd. and Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks are the supporting organization. This year's winners were announced on December 10, 2004.

HanVoice and HanPhone Servers are multi-functional servers. Their primary characteristic and advantage is their ability to convert text on webpage into speech. Using the HTML format and without advance recording of the content, they allow easy design of interactive voice portal or voice telephone system that meet users specific needs. Apart from supporting general features of interactive phone systems available in the market, HanVoice also supports XML format encoding, allowing format conversion on contents. In addition, HanVoice can be applied in various other aspects helping corporations disseminate information, such as in tele-digital library for the vision impaired, phone-banking, stock quotes, real time news, booking & reservation system, telemarketing, surveying, and transport and weather information, etc. Compared to the traditional recording-based voice system, HanVoice and HanPhone developed by the Company are computer-based and operate on an interactive interface, hence can greatly enhance the operational efficiency and cost control of an enterprise. Commenting on the award, Mr. Lawrence Mo, Chairman and CEO of the Group, said, "We are honoured to be awarded the Certificates of Merit in the Communications Applications Category of the APICTA 2004. The APICTA not only encourages Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) unceasingly to innovate, but also may take a business trade platform to demonstrate its innovation unique product for the company from Asian and Pacific region. The participation of this technical grand prize contest, not only can strengthen our economics and trade relations of various regions, but also provides the service development and the technological exchange opportunity for KanHan. The award not only serves as an encouragement for us, but also symbolizes the Company's leading position in research and development. Over the years, the Group has been dedicated in the promotion of the development of information technology. The award recognizes our years of hard work and our product is further broken into the international market.

The clients of the HanVoice and HanPhone included the HKSAR Government Sound Portal webpage, the digital library of the Hong Kong Society for the Blind and the Octopus Card. Besides, HanVoice can covert webpage contents instantaneously into Cantonese, Mandarin or English and has voice recognition capability, allowing users to freely surf on the website, and receive the latest information via the telephone.

 
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