Speech Technology eWeekly - April 01, 2002


Kelsey Group Expects Speech Revenues to Reach $2B by 2006

The Kelsey Group is releasing this week its annual "Voice Ecosystem Review and Forecast".

Q & A

Prem Uppaluru, Co-Founder & CEO, Telera

For this week's NewsBlast we will be covering the topic of Speech Services for Carrier Grade Systems. To read more about this topic see the May/June issue of STM.

Jim Barnett of Aspect Software

Why is speech technology so important to contact center applications and what are the major benefits?...

Speech Technology News

Ectaco Announces New 400 Series Dictionary Platform

Ectaco has completed development of a special platform for small consignments of pocket electronic dictionaries.

SpeechWorks Launches Speechify 2.1

Boston, MA - SpeechWorks International Inc. announced the launch of Speechify 2.1 TTS software.

IPeria Introduces Open Standards Enhanced Services Software

BURLINGTON, MA - The new version of the IPeria ActivEdgeEnhanced Communications System software is built on an open standardsarchitecture that uses industry-standard components and interfaces.

Envox Acquires Show N Tel Business

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN and WESTBOROUGH, MA - Envox Groupannounced that it had acquired the Show N Tel business fromSonexis Inc.

Speechworks' Speechify Powers AVAYA Unified Communication Center; SpeechWorks and Frank Solutions to Provide Speech Solution

BOSTON, MA - SpeechWorks International Inc. announced that the company's Speechify TTS engine is now available through the Avaya Unified Communication Center

PIKA Technologies Broadens Product Line for European Computer Telephony

OTTAWA, CANADA - PIKA Technologies Inc., announced that it is expanding its breadth of voiceinterface cards for the European marketplace.

InfoTalk Powers Voice-Activated System in Northeast China

HONG KONG and BEIJING, CHINA - InfoTalk Corporation announced the deployment of the Public Information Voice Line for Harbin Public Information Limited.

Nuance and Ydilo Sign Reseller Agreement

MENLO PARK, CA and MADRID, SPAIN - Nuance and Ydilo Advanced Voice Solutions announced their VAR agreement.

SandCherry Announces AppTuner Solution

BOULDER, CO - SandCherry Inc. has released the AppTuner solution for developers of new speech applications.

VoiceGenie & BBN Market Speech-Rec Product for Large Call Centers

TORONTO, CANADA and CAMBRIDGE, MA - A new product from VoiceGenie Technologies Inc. and BBN Technologies replaces voice mail menus with speech recognition technology that allows callers to get where they want to go in one step.

Phonetic Systems Solves Large-Scale Directory Searches

BEDFORD, MA - As competition for market share among telecom providers spirals, the battle for customers is driving demand for new revenue-generating subscriber services...

University of Pennsylvania Deploys Voice ReQuest

DALLAS, TX - Philips Speech Processing announced that the University of Pennsylvania will deploy Voice ReQuest Campus Edition.

ArialPhone's Announces New Cell Phone Integration Kits

MUNDELEIN, IL - ArialPhone Corp. is now offering a new Cell Phone Integration Kit that equips professionals with a way to save phone costs while gaining mobility and productivity inside the workplace.

Expanets Launches Voice-Activated Call and Message Management Solution

ENGLEWOOD, CO - Small and medium-sized businesses can nowuse the human voice to control their e-mail,PBX, voicemail, fax, pagers and mobile phones.

Telelogue Teams With Nuance To Launch A Voice-Driven Directory Assistance Service Bureau

ORLANDO, FL - Telelogue Inc. announced that it has teamed with Nuance to launch Voice Directory.

Poly Information's Angel is Certified ca smart

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - Poly Information Ltd. announced it has joined the Solution Partner Program of Computer Associates International Inc.

SpeechWorks Provides Speech-Activated "Postal Code Helpline"; Genius Institute to License Speech2Go Embedded Speech Recognition Software

SINGAPORE - Singapore Post and SpeechWorks International Inc. launched the speech-enabled "Postal Code Helpline".

Fast-Talk Introduces Audio Searching for Telephony Applications

ATLANTA, GA - Fast-Talk Communications announced Fast-Talk Telephony, an audio search engine designed to let organizations better manage and mine audio information.

Talk2U to Distribute AT&T's Natural Voices Text-To-Speech

Talk2U has been granted a worldwide license to distribute AT&T's Natural Voices Text-To-Speech technologies.

Telisma Launches Its New Product Line

PARIS, FRANCE - Telisma is launching its new product line, based on a real time distributed architecture.

ART'S Recognition Technologies Ported to INTEL Processors; ART Releases Name Dialing Solution

LONDON, ENGLAND - ART announced the porting of ART's speech and natural handwriting recognition solutions to the new Intel PXA250 and Intel PXA210 applications processors.

NMS Communications Works With Oracle and Sun Microsystems

SEATTLE, WA - NMS Communications is working with Oracle and Sun Microsystems to deliver wireless voice-enabled applications for the recently introduced NMS HearSay.

InfoTalk-Recognizer 8.0 Now Available on Linux

InfoTalk Corporation introduced the Linux version of InfoTalk-Recognizer 8.0, the company's core speech recognition engine.

Chelston and Aculab Keep Blind and Partially Sighted People in Touch

MILTON KEYNES, UK and PANAMA CITY, FL - A newteleconferencing system that puts blind and partially sighted people intouch with each other has been developed for the Royal National Institutefor the Blind (RNIB).

VoiceLogistics Delivering Results for Haggar Distribution Operations

PRINCETON, NJ - Voxware Inc. announced initial results from the VoiceLogistics deployment for the Haggar Clothing Co. distribution operation in Fort Worth, Texas.

One Voice Technologies and Warner Home Video Unveil Voice Interactive DVD

SAN DIEGO, CA - One Voice Technologies Inc. and Warner Home Video announced the One Voice special feature that will be included on the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone DVD.

Gold Systems to Provide Software Integration for Nuance Vocalizer 2.0

ORLANDO, FL - Gold Systems and Nuance announced an integration solution for Nuance Vocalizer 2.0.

Appen Lexicon Roll-out Continues

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - Appen Speech Technology has announced the completion of their Korean lexicon.

Rhetorical Text-to-Speech Now Available on VoiceGenie's VoiceXML Gateway

EDINBURGH, UK and TORONTO, ONTARIO - Rhetorical Systems and VoiceGenieTechnologies have entered into a partnership to collaborate on the provision of complete spokenlanguagesolutions over the Web.

Independent Audit of Telelogue's Voice Business Finder Service

ISELIN, NJ - Telelogue Inc. announcedthe results of an audit of its Voice Business Finder service,conducted by The Paisley Group Ltd.

Fonix Speech Solutions to Be Combined with ThinkEngine Networks' Voice Services Platform

MARLBOROUGH, MA - ThinkEngine Networks and Fonix have agreed to integrate Fonix Text-To-Speech solutions with ThinkEngine Networks' Voice Services Platform.

U.S. Cellular Selects BeVocal for Voice-Activated Services

U.S. Cellular, a wireless service provider, has selected BeVocal's VoiceXML-based software to provide customized voice services for its3.5 million customers.

VeCommerce Continues Work with New Zealand's Taxi Industry

NEW ZEALAND - VeCommerce Limited has announced its second major New Zealand contract toprovide its voice enabled taxi reservation solution to Blue Star TaxisSociety Ltd.

Ectaco Development Center to Deliver a Call-center to eVelopers

Ectaco Development Center signed a contract of delivering a call-center to eVelopers.

Pulver.com Honors iBasis with "Billion Minutes Served" Award

SEATTLE, WA - iBasis Inc. announced that it received the "Billion Minutes Served" award from IP Voice and communications provider, Pulver.com.

Global IP Sound Launches Professional Services Group and Announces Partnerships

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Global IP Sound launchedGIPS Professional Services, a consulting and development tools package.

NMS Communications, NTT-ME, and Hitachi Enable Phone-Based Betting for Japan Racing Association

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Through its 11-year distribution partnership with NTT-ME Corporation, NMS Communications was selected by Hitachi Ltd. to provide its high-density voice processing platform to power the Japan Racing Association's nationwide touch-tone phone-based betting system.

Migros Zurich Selects Voxware's VoiceLogistics to Streamline Operations

PRINCETON, NJ and BIEL, SWITZERLAND - Voxware Inc. announced that Migros Zurich has selected Voxware's VoiceLogistics system for an initial installation in its Zurich, Switzerland facility.

Romania's National Carrier Selects iBasis to Expand Global Service

BURLINGTON, MA - iBasis Inc. announced that Romtelecom, the Romanian national carrier, is interconnecting with The iBasis Network.

NMS Communications Acquires MessageMachines

NMS Communications has announced the acquisition of privately held MessageMachines.

ZOW Selects Voxpilot's VSP to Launch its Innovative Entertainment Suite in Europe

ZOW, an entertainment technology company focusing on telephony entertainment, brings its audio entertainment services to Europe by partnering with Voxpilot.

Appriss and Norton Healthcare Use Speech Technology to Address Healthcare Worker Shortage

Norton Healthcare has tapped into Appriss Inc.'s speech technology to help recruit and hire new employees at its local hospitals.

ART's Speech Recognition Solutions Chosen by Inventec

ATLANTA, GA - ART, Advanced Recognition Technologies Inc., announced a new step in the acceptance of its speech recognition software.

Fonix Speech Solutions Selected by Hewlett-Packard for New Jornada

LONDON, ENGLAND - Fonix Corporation announced that Hewlett-Packard Corporation has licensed Fonix Speech Solutions, Text-To-Speech and Automatic Speech Recognition, for use in its new HP Jornada 928 Wireless Digital Assistant.

iVoice Announces a Fully Speech Integrated IVR

iVoice, Inc. announced that its Interactive Voice Response System (IVR) has been fully integrated with speech recognition capabilities.

Unisys and Telisma Announce Global Alliance

BLUE BELL, PA and PARIS, FRANCE - Unisys Corporation and Telisma announced an alliance to deliver and promote further development of vocal access to value-added services for telecommunications companies.

Vialto Unveils Multimodal Mobility Solution

ORLANDO, FL - Vialto Corp. announced Vialto Server for Carriers.

ALK Technologies Selects Fonix to Provide Speech for CoPilot Navigation Solutions

ALK Technologies selected Fonix Text-To-Speech (TTS) for implementation in ALK's CoPilot and Pocket CoPilot GPS navigation and route guidance solutions.

Elan Text to Speech and Sistel Assist Visually Impaired Operators; Reverso Voice : Smart and Talkative Personal Tool Translation

Sistel has chosen Elan text to speech to assist visually impaired operators in their daily work.

Paul Visokey Joins Telelogue as Vice President of Sales and Marketing

ISELIN, NJ - Telelogue Inc. announced it has appointed Paul Visokeyto the role of Vice President of Sales and Marketing.