Speech Technology eWeekly - December 01, 2005

Speech Technology News

Loquendo Extends VoxNauta Platform 7.0 Providing New Product Capabilities

Loquendo unveiled new capabilities in VoxNauta Platform 7.0.

Freedom Scientific Offers Customers a Complimentary Subscription

PALO ALTO, Calif. - The Learning Systems Group of Freedom Scientific, Inc. will offer a complimentary subscription to Knowledge Unlimited, Inc.'s NewsCurrents One on One, an online weekly current events curriculum, to both new and existing customers.

Loquendo Releases Loquendo ASR 7.0

Loquendo released Loquendo ASR 7.0.

Aculab and POST CTI Enter Distribution Partnership in Europe

MITLON KEYNES, U.K. and HARROGATE, U.K. - Aculab and POST CTI have entered a distribution partnership.

Adherence Technologies Selects Envox 6 to Power Speech And VoIP Solutions

From wireless Developer Network - "Adherence Technologies Corporation has selected Envox 6…to power the transformational product, AccuNurse™."

Israeli Voice Verification Keeps Track of Visa Holders to U.S.

From Israel21c - According to Nicky Blackburn, "Instead of having to report regularly to the offices of the Department of Homeland Security, where they face long waits and a great deal of inconvenience, thanks to an Israeli innovation, they now check in remotely once a month through their telephone with a new voice verification system."

Genesys Initiates Partner Certification Program for VARS, Developers and Integrators

SAN FRANCISCO - Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories, Inc. released a new reseller, developer and systems integration certification program for customers when they use the Genesys suite of contact center software.

Speech-enabled Toys for the Holidays

SUNNYVALE, Calif. - In 2005, companies such as Radica Games, Hasbro, Inc.'s Tiger Electronics and Innotech Systems selected Sensory's speech-enabled solutions.

Nabaztag Rabbiting on with Acapela

MONS, Belgium and TOULOUSE, France - Violet chose Acapela Group to voice-enable Nabaztag, the first of a series of communicating objects.

Eleven Companies Select Acapela Text-to-speech

MAAF, eight Norwegian daily newspapers (VG-Nett, Adresseavisa, Aftenbladet, Nordlys, Fedrelandsvennen, Aftenposten, and Aften och Bergens Tidende), Crick Software and Trafiken.nu selected Acapela's text-to-speech solutions.

Nuance Named Leader in European Health Care Voice Recognition Market

Nuance Communications has received the Competitive Strategy Leadership Award from Frost & Sullivan following an analysis of the European health care voice recognition systems market.

adnota releases ADnota speaker with SVOX Text-to-speech

ZURICH - Berlin-based personal information retrieval company, adnota, launched its ADnota speaker. ADnota is a cell phone software designed for blind and visually impaired people.

BNP Paribas Group Selects Diebold's Opteva

PARIS - Diebold has supplied BNP Paribas Group, a French financial institution, with 265 Opteva automated teller machines (ATMs) that are accessible to all of its customers, including those who are visually impaired.

MacSpeech Releases ScriptPak for iMovie HD

SALEM, N.H. - MacSpeech released a new ScriptPak for iMovie HD.

Jedox GmbH Releases Worksheet-Server Extension to Create SOAP Compatible Web Services

FREIBURG - Jedox GmbH released another enterprise solution for Microsoft Excel making it easier for users to create Web services without having it coded by a programming specialist.

MacSpeech Releases ScriptPak for iDVD 5

SALEM, N.H. - MacSpeech released a new ScriptPak for iDVD.

ECTACO Releases SpeechGuard TL-2

NEW YORK, N.Y. - ECTACO, Inc. released a new set of its SpeechGuard® TL-2 series translators in 15 languages.

W3C Moves Forward on New Extensions for Voice Technologies and the Web

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) announced new work on extensions to components of the Speech Interface Framework which will both extend Speech Synthesis Markup Language functionality to Asian and other languages, and include speaker verification features into the next version of VoiceXML, version 3.0.

De Beers Mining Operations Selects NICE

RA'ANANA, Israel - De Beers Group, a supplier of rough diamonds, has selected NICE as the preferred supplier.

PTS Floors Deploys Speech Enabled Auto Attendant

PTS Floors selected SpeechSwitch to install a Speech Enabled Auto Attendant.

Charles Fote Retires from First Data and Ric Duques Returns as CEO

DENVER - Charles T. Fote, chairman and chief executive officer of First Data Corp., has advised the board that he is retiring from the company for personal reasons.

MacSpeech Releases ScriptPak for iPhoto 5

SALEM, N.H. - MacSpeech released a new ScriptPak for iPhoto version 5.

Philips SpeechMagic Named European Technology Leader

Royal Philips Electronics' voice recognition technology SpeechMagic received the "European Technology Leadership Award" from Frost & Sullivan, following an analysis of the European health care speech recognition market.

NICE Enters Strategic Relationship with Honeywell

RA'ANANA, Israel - NICE Systems entered a strategic supply relationship with Honeywell that is designed to capitalize on the growth opportunities NICE expects to result from its recent decision to acquire FAST Video Security AG.

Metaphor Solutions Partners with XO Interactive

Metaphor Solutions and XO Interactive (XOI) signed a reseller agreement for XOI to deploy Metaphor's speech IVR applications on XOI's hosting infrastructure.

Great American Technologies Launches Mailcall

NEWARK, N.J. - Great American Technologies added a new voice to e-mail with the launch of Mailcall.

Proside Partners with Loquendo

TURIN, Italy, and LISBON, Portugal - Proside incorporated Loquendo's speech technologies into its flagship solutions.

Nuance Introduces the Nuance Accessibility Suite

BURLINGTON, Mass. and GHENT, Belgium - Nuance Communications, Inc. released the Nuance Accessibility Suite, a mobile accessibility solution designed to help handset users take full advantage of mobile data with direct access to on-screen content and device functionality.

Justice Ministry in Hesse Deploys Nuance's Dragon NaturallySpeaking to 1,300 Workstations

MUNICH, Germany and BURLINGTON, Mass. - The Hesse Justice Ministry will deploy Nuance Communications' Dragon NaturallySpeaking 8 Legal to more than 1,300 legal workstations.

Convergys Receives Frost & Sullivan 2005 Award for Leadership in CRM and Billing for Communications

Frost & Sullivan named Convergys the recipient of its 2005 Award for Competitive Strategy Leadership in CRM and Billing for Communications.

VoiceXML Forum Supports W3C's Decision to Include SIV in VoiceXML 3.0 and Appoints New Board of Directors Officers

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - The VoiceXML Forum supported the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C's) decision to include speaker identification and verification (SIV) in the next version of the Voice Extensible Markup Language (VoiceXML).

VoxGen Launches Five-point Plan for Customers

VoxGen launched a five-point plan (C.A.L.L.S.) to help businesses reliant on calls, maximize the impact of their brand through the use of the voice.

Angel.com Launches IVR University

MCLEAN, Va. - Angel.com will launch IVR University, an online training and development resource focused on teaching best practices in IVR design and implementation to business and technical users.

Nuance Names Craig Peddie General Manager of Embedded Speech Solutions

BURLINGTON, Mass. - Nuance Communications, Inc. has named Craig Peddie as vice president and general manager of the embedded speech solutions business for the company's Speech Division.

iVoice Enters into Letter of Intent to Acquire Pharmaceutical Company

MATAWAN, N.J. - iVoice, Inc signed a non-binding letter of intent to acquire Thomas Pharmaceuticals Ltd.