ScanSoft Selects Vocalocity to Advance Adoption of Open Source VoiceXML Interpreter

ATLANTA , Ga. - ScanSoft has chosen Vocalocity to maintain, support and continue the evolution of OpenVXI™.  OpenVXI is an open source VoiceXML Interpreter originally developed by SpeechWorks, now a division of ScanSoft.  The standards-based software component, which enables developers to support VoiceXML capabilities in their products, is currently used by some of the world's largest telephony hardware and software companies including Aspect, Convergys Speech Solutions, MCI and Nortel Networks.


Vocalocity will assume ownership of all OpenVXI source code, license-related trademarks from ScanSoft, and take an active leadership role in proliferation of the open source VoiceXML project. Additionally, the company will offer support to existing and future OpenVXI users and ensure ongoing compatibility with ScanSoft® speech applications as well as other Vocalocity OEM components and tools.


A VoiceXML interpreter is one element of a complete voice platform capable of supporting standards-compliant telephony applications such as speech-enabled directory assistance, automated balance inquiries and bill payment, and unified messaging. Examples of Vocalocity capabilities that will be made available to OpenVXI customers include support for additional standards such as CCXML and MRCP, an application development environment, management and reporting modules, and packaged integration to speech engines and telephony systems. 


"This is a key strategic move for Vocalocity. It grows its base of developers significantly and is very consistent with its OEM approach to the speech-enabled world," said Dan Miller, senior analyst at OPUS Research, Inc., a market research firm specializing in conversational access technologies. "With the agreement, Vocalocity is positioned as a foundation for OEM VoiceXML implementations, OpenVXI and SALT interpreters." 


OpenVXI follows the VoiceXML 2.0 dialog markup language specification ( www.voicexml.org ), enabling developers to take advantage of well-known Web technologies and tools when developing speech applications.

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