Klett Adopts Babel Speech Recognition Technology
MONS, BELGIUM - Babel Technologies S.A. has announced that Klett Sprachen GmbH, the multinational language publisher, is to use Babel's Babear v2.5 speaker-independent Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) system in it PONS product line. PONS is Klett's self study brand and includes dictionaries and bilingual language learning products in English, German, Spanish, Italian and French. Babel's ASR engine will allow users of the new system to perform pronunciation exercises, there-by helping them to improve their ability to understand and speak foreign languages. PONS has had an established presence in the language-learning sector since 1978. With 350 titles in 20 languages, PONS has an array of dictionaries ranging from self-instruction methods and to software for schools, offices, work and travel. In addition to the dictionaries, PONS also offers a selection of business software, self-learning packages and e-dictionaries. Babear is a Speech Recognition software product designed for the embedded market and it has been engineered to minimize the time-to-market effort to develop new applications. Its accuracy allows detection of incorrectly pronounced words, therefore making it a solution for advanced language learning applications. Commenting on the announcement, Vincent Fontaine, CEO of Babel said: "This latest implementation of a Babel technology shows the scope and opportunity that ASR technology can offer across a wide range applications. We are delighted that Klett, one of the world's most established language learning publishers, has embraced our technology." He added: "2002 was a very successful year for Babel, this year it is set to make further announcements with key industry players that will secure Babel's position as the leader in the ASR and TTS solutions. As well as providing solutions for the language learning market, Babel also provides speech and language technology for the telecommunications, rehabilitation, multimedia, automotive, mobile devices and industry sectors.