Wayfinder, Tele Atlas and ScanSoft Team to Speech-Enable Personal Navigation on Mobile Devices

CANNES, France - ScanSoft, Inc., Tele Atlas, and Wayfinder announced a three-way partnership to deliver a speech-enabled personal navigation system accessible from a mobile device in a vehicle or on foot.

The application, initially developed for English language users, is based on Wayfinder's Symbian-based Mobile Navigator™ application, offering map display, route calculation and route guidance functionality. Users can interact with the system through a voice-driven user interface based on ScanSoft's speech solutions, including automatic speech recognition, text-to-speech and its server-based Xmode(R) Multimodal System, which enables users to interact with their devices using a combination of speech and keypad entry, integrated with map data provided by Tele Atlas. The mobile application enables destination entry by voice, including address input such as location and street and route guidance based on ScanSoft's RealSpeak™ text-to-speech and pronunciations of Tele Atlas' PhonoMultinet product.

A demonstration of the jointly developed application will be shown at 3GSM at the Tele Atlas (Hall 3, J27) and ScanSoft (Hall 2, D40) booths.

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