Wizzard Announces 15 New Customers in 4th Quarter
PITTSBURGH, PA - Wizzard Software (OTCBB:WIZD - News) announced that is has signed up more than 15 new customers in the 4th quarter including the Rochester Institute of Technology, the University of Missouri, the California State University and GE Medical Systems. The U.S. Congress recently amended the Rehabilitation Act (508) to require federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities. Inaccessible technology interferes with an individual's ability to obtain and use information quickly and easily. Section 508 was enacted to eliminate barriers in information technology, to make available new opportunities for people with disabilities, and to encourage development of technologies that will help achieve these goals. With a growing line of products and services for the desktop speech technology industry, Wizzard continues to see expanded interest from a wide variety of businesses and educational institutions. These companies and universities use Wizzard's programming tools and services to create speech enabled software applications. In some cases they use speech recognition for data input, hands free access to information as well as increased productivity. In other situations they use text-to-speech to enable computers, kiosks and hardware devises to "speak" to the user in a human sounding, computerized voice. Verbal feedback from computers and hardware devices such as ATM's are growing in popularity for their ease of use and the ability to allow access for visually impaired users. "Adding text-to-speech capabilities to ATM's allows visually challenged individuals to enjoy the same interactive interface that other users take for granted", states Alan Costilo, sales manager for Wizzard's Programming Tools Division. "Braille key pads are there, but if you can't read the screen, you don't know whether you have withdrawn from checking or savings or if you have entered the correct dollar amount." Numerous banks, government agencies and other large corporations who do business with the government are required to allow access to their products and services. Text-to-speech technology allows these entities to meet the 508 requirements while offering ALL their customers a more personable and user-friendly experience.