Unisys and Telisma Announce Global Alliance
BLUE BELL, PA and PARIS, FRANCE - Unisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS) and Telisma, a European provider of voice recognition technologies, today announced an alliance to deliver and promote further development of vocal access to value-added services for telecommunications companies. The Unisys Multimedia Messaging System platform uses the Telisma speech technologies to provide users access to messages via both voice recognition and digital interfaces. By combining their technologies, Unisys and Telisma can open new markets for telephone companies by providing high value-added mass services with reliability and flexibility to upgrade. "This alliance is based on a shared belief that voice will be the preferred interface for future mobile telephone services, and offers a degree of excellence in terms of commercial solutions which we found to be very attractive," said Loïc Gonnet, Telisma International Director. "In addition, this working relationship with a global leader in telecommunications messaging systems represents an incredible opportunity to increase our growth in our core market: fixed line and mobile operators. After all, nine out of the world's ten largest operators have chosen to work with Unisys." "Unisys sees significant value in including the Telisma voice recognition technologies in our European voice services offering," stated Robert Le Duigou, global vice president and general manager, Value Added Services. "Its leadership and technological ability to handle the massive deployment needs of telecommunications operators will allow us to control the costs of our solutions." The Unisys-Telisma solution has already been chosen by a leading telecommunications company for the deployment of a critical global voice portal application using speech recognition and based on a Personal Information Management (PIM) offering. It offers 4,000 simultaneous sessions servicing 32,000 ports, available to more than one million users. Other joint projects are in progress including voice portal services, automation of call centers, automation of directory functions, voice-controlled messaging system and automatic dialing of numbers by saying a person's name.