Speech Technology Industry Recognizes 2004's Outstanding Achievements

LEXINGTON, Ky. - As is its custom, the speech technology industry recognized 2004's outstanding achievements by companies and individuals at the annual SpeechTEK Conference and Exposition, held last week at the New York Marriott Marquis.

The Speech Solutions Awards are presented in 11 categories to companies for outstanding accomplishments bringing new products and services to the marketplace.  The awards are selected by industry peers in an online poll.

The Top Ten Leaders in Speech are also selected by industry peers and recognize significant contributions and accomplishments by individuals during the year.  The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual whose contributions to the industry have continued over a span of several years.

The Most Innovative Solutions Awards are selected by the editors of Speech Technology Magazine and presented to customers that have successfully implemented innovative speech solutions.

"Recipients of this year's awards stand out among the many companies and individuals who have made significant contributions in speech technology this year," said John Kelly, editor-in-chief of Speech Technology Magazine.  "They represent 2004's outstanding achievements in an industry that is constantly setting new standards for innovation and performance."

The Speech Solutions Awards for 2004 are:

Best Service Creation and Management Solution           Audium
Best Automated Speech Recognition Solution               Nuance
Best Text to Speech Solution                                        ScanSoft
Best Verification Solution                                              Nuance
Best Embedded Solution                                               ScanSoft
Best Input Device Solution                                            Clarity
Best Personality                                                            Western Wireless-CellularOne
Best Voice Platform/Carrier                                          Intervoice
Best Voice Platform/Enterprise                                     Avaya
Best Packaged Speech Application                               Nortel Networks
Best Product Making the Most Impact                          Microsoft SpeechServer

For more information about the Speech Solutions Awards, please click here.

Speech Technology Magazine's Most Innovative Solutions Awards, were presented to Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Company; Calibrus, Inc.; DTE Energy; Liberty Wireless; New York City Department of Education; Upper Chesapeake Health and Verizon. 

2004's Top Ten Leaders in Speech are:

Chuck Berger, president and CEO, Nuance
Steve Chambers, president SpeechWorks Solutions, ScanSoft
Eric Giler, president and founder, Brooktrout, Inc.
Larry Heck, vice president of research and development, Nuance
Dr. XD Huang, general manager, .NET Speech, Microsoft
Jim Larson, manager, Advanced Input/.Output, Intel
Kai-Fu Lee, corporate vice president, Natural Interactive Services Division, Microsoft
Mike Phillips, chief technology officer, ScanSoft
Paul Ricci, chairman and chief executive officer, ScanSoft
Manish Sharma, director of speech solutions, Nortel Networks
Michael Zirmgibl, president and CEO, Angel.com

The recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award is Mike Cohen.

Speech Technology Magazine, the STM NewsBlast and SpeechSource are internationally recognized as leaders in providing information, news, and analysis on issues related to the speech technology industry.   As the only publication devoted exclusively to speech, STM is the primary source of information for readers wanting to gain insight into the world of speech technology.

Launched in 1995, The SpeechTEK International Exposition and Educational Conference is the industry's premier event focusing on products, services, applications, solutions and innovations for speech technologies.  The annual trade show and educational conference attracts a global network of speech technology providers and enterprise network customers who are developing and implementing speech solutions.

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