HP Acquires PipeBeach to Strengthen Leadership in VoiceXML Interactive Voice Market

PALO ALTO, CA - HP (NYSE:HPQ) announced the acquisition of PipeBeach AB, a Stockholm, Sweden-based provider of speech-based products and technology that enable the delivery of interactive voice solutions. HP plans to integrate PipeBeach's VoiceXML-based products into its OpenCall suite of enhanced telecommunications software. This acquisition enhances HP's ability to help telecom service providers, network equipment providers and independent software vendors with the creation and deployment of VoiceXML - based applications. HP believes it will be better able to provide these customers with the flexibility and agility they need to get to market faster, reduce costs and improve customer loyalty. PipeBeach's VoiceXML-based products and technology enable users to speak into their mobile phones and devices to obtain Web-based information such as news, stock prices and e-mail, as well as conduct transactions, such as online banking. The information and options are conveyed to the user through speech - instead of text or images. "HP is committed to the interactive voice market, and we intend to help our customers grow by providing them with a full spectrum of development tools, products and solutions," said Jean-Rene Bouvier, vice president and general manager, HP OpenCall Business Unit. "When we combine the advanced PipeBeach technologies - and track record in VoiceXML -- with HP's OpenCall portfolio and unique combination of telecom and IT expertise, we can establish HP as a global provider of interactive voice solutions."
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