CereProc Opens its CereVoice Cloud

Speech synthesis technology company CereProc has launched its text-to-speech (TTS) CereVoice Cloud software-as-a-service (SaaS) into public beta, providing developers needing speech output access to the advanced CereVoice TTS engine on any platform.

CereProc's cloud based service enables application developers to integrate speech into their applications without having to install a TTS engine. This marks CereProc's expansion into the SaaS sector.

CereProc's objective with this service is to increase accessibility to state-of-the-art TTS software via SOAP and REST Web service APIs. The CereVoice Cloud service is compatible with platforms that do not allow native development, such as Windows Phone 7, in addition to providing low-powered Internet-connected devices that lack the capability of running a powerful TTS) engine with the opportunity of integrating TTS output.

"We're extremely excited about launching the CereVoice Cloud service to users. It is a perfect environment for application developers who want to use text to speech to enhance their applications' appeal but may have been put off by the cost of existing TTS systems or a lack of TTS experience," said Matthew Aylett, chief technology officer at CereProc, in a statement. “In addition, SaaS offers an ideal solution for developers wishing to try out CereProc's voices before they integrate our other speech technologies with their applications. Now everyone with an interest in CereProc’s system has a simple and extremely cost-effective way of trying out our technology."

CereProc's cloud service is set to encourage developers to support operations through the application of TTS tools by making implementing CereVoice TTS as straightforward as possible. The service can be used in wide range of applications, from customer service to productivity tools, from interactive chat bots and enhanced animation tools to improved notification applications or increasing the accessibility to a Web site through assisted Web page reading functions, the service harnesses the power of CereProc's speech synthesis technology according to users' needs.

"While we would still recommend the use of native TTS to ensure predictable speed of response for certain applications, such as screen reading or IVR, we believe the CereVoice Cloud will prove extremely valuable for many users—whether as a backup or stand-alone service—and we're very much looking forward to seeing the range of innovative applications that will result," Aylett concluded.

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