Active Voice Provides Mobile Unified Messaging Solutions to Hill & Co. Real Estate Agents


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Hill & Co. Migrates from their Aging Voicemail System and Meets Critical Communication Needs for their Highly Mobile Workforce with Active Voice Kinesis

(SEATTLE, WA—January 22, 2008) — Active Voice, LLC, a global leader in Unified Messaging (UM), Unified Communications (UC) and speech-activated solutions, today announced that Hill & Company (Hill & Co.), San Francisco’s premier brokerage for residential real estate, has successfully migrated from their aging voicemail system to Kinesis*, Active Voice’s popular UM solution and speech-enabled auto attendant, providing them flexibility, security and scalability needed for their growing firm while enabling streamlined communications for their highly mobile agents.

“Having a reliable unified messaging system is no longer a ‘want to have’- it is a ‘must have’, especially in the world of selling real estate,” explained Jeremy Ferguson, Director of Technology, Hill & Co. “Our agents, who are geographically dispersed throughout the San Francisco area, needed an easy-to-adopt and user-friendly system that helped them focus on their clients. Active Voice’s Kinesis product provided us the technology and service we needed to upgrade our communication system, which in turn made our agents and, ultimately, our clients happy. Active Voice provides not only the most advanced Unified Messaging solutions but also the easiest way to migrate from traditional VM to Unified Communications in a gradual approach without the need to replace other existing investments or retrain our staff.”

The largest single value Hill & Co. has realized through Kinesis is its ability to improve their agents’ ability to respond, thus increasing productivity, improving client satisfaction and enriching the bottom line.

“Hill & Co. is a primary example of companies realizing the business impacts of migrating to unified messaging systems,” said Eyal Inbar, General Manager of Marketing, Active Voice. “When Hill & Co. began searching for a suitable unified messaging solution, they were looking for the most advanced yet easy-to-use UM system that met the critical needs of their mobile and geographically dispersed workforce. Hill & Co. evaluated several UM providers and found that our Kinesis platform was the perfect match for their specific needs.”

“In a highly competitive market such as real estate, companies like Hill & Co. have to look at strategically improving their organization to stay ahead of the competition,” continued Inbar. “Active Voice’s ability to integrate with their existing phone system and infrastructure, as well as emulate the telephone user interface of their aging Octel voice mail system allows Hill & Co. to not only gain a competitive advantage of increased productivity, but eliminates any need to retrain employees or replace their existing IT investment.”


About Active Voice

Active Voice, LLC, a subsidiary of NEC Unified Solutions, is a global leader in Unified Messaging, computer telephony and voice messaging solutions, powering the communications infrastructure of businesses worldwide. The Seattle-based company has offices in the United States, Australia and the Netherlands. Over 200,000 Active Voice systems have been installed in more than 60 countries. Active Voice’s products are sold and supported through a network of independent telecommunications manufacturers, dealers, computer resellers and strategic partners. For more information, visit our Web site at or contact Active Voice’s Sales Support at 1-800-284-3575 or by e-mail at [email protected].

About Hill & Co.

Founded in 1956, Hill & Co. Real Estate is a San Francisco brokerage long associated with the City’s finest properties. With three offices and nearly 100 full-time agents, the company enables clients to successfully navigate San Francisco’s complex real estate market. Two additional Hill & Co. offices provide property management and rental services. For more information, visit

* The registered trademark KINESIS is licensed from Kinesis Corporation (, designer and distributor of ergonomic computer accessories. All other trademarks used herein are the property of their respective owners.

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