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Rhetorical Selected to Provide Voice Synthesis For Air Traffic Control Program

BOSTON, MA and MONTREAL, CANADA - Rhetorical announced that Adacel Inc. has licensed its rVoice text-to-speech technology for several air traffic control training programs.
Posted Nov 1, 2002
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BOSTON, MA and MONTREAL, CANADA - Rhetorical, a developmer of text-to-speech (TTS) software, announced that Adacel Inc., the developer of software, simulation and training for air transport, defense and business, has licensed its rVoice text-to-speech technology for several air traffic control training programs. rVoice will provide synthesized voices to simulate a range of real life scenarios in Adacel's Tower Radar air traffic control systems. Adacel Inc. provides professional training products and services to the air transportation, defense and enterprise industries in more than 30 countries. Adacel was recently selected by the U.S. Government to supply the U.S. Air Force with up to ninety-four Tower Systems. Adacel will use Rhetorical's rVoice software system to create narratives for a wide range of scenarios - from equipment failures to emergency landings - that air traffic control could encounter. The voices will also be used to provide responses from ground vehicles and radar controllers. "We selected rVoice based on its scalability, high quality and ability to meet the demanding requirements of our simulation programs", said Gary Pearson, Product Manager at Adacel Inc. "We found rVoice's ability to realistically produce complex Pilot transmissions particularly vital. A high level of realism is a fundamental component of ATC training and rVoice provides a key element in the total immersion experience of Adacel's simulation systems." "Based on the importance of realism in air traffic control training simulation, Adacel's selection of rVoice is a testament to the high quality, realistic nature of the voices," said Marc Moens, President & CEO of Rhetorical Inc. "We are excited to be working with Adacel to provide the best training programs to flight controllers worldwide."
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