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March 24, 2011

IVONA's Human-Quality Voices Brought to High-Growth International IVR Markets

By Deepika Mala, TMCnet Contributor

IVONA Text-to-Speech, global speech technology provider has collaborated with I6NET, provider of IP/3G telephony IVR/IVVR solutions for Asterisk, to introduce new IVONA Text-to-Speech connector to the VXI VoiceXML (News - Alert) browser for Asterisk platforms.

Company officials said that the customers, with VXI, can access IVONA high-quality TTS voices to send and receive voice and video messages, listen to phone podcasts, newspaper articles, etc.

“IVONA is more than a high-quality Text-to-Speech engine for our VXI VoiceXML solutions,” explained Iván Sixto, CEO and business development manager of I6NET, in a press release. “They are able to enhance our global market offering by dramatically increasing the number of high-quality voices in various languages that our customers can select.”

Advanced voice and video services, including protocol conversion, SSML, media conversion and streaming, application logic and third party integration are provided by the VXI high-optimization integration with Asterisk (News - Alert). It is compatible with all devices supported by Asterisk.

IVONA TTS voice is available in various languages including: British English, American English, Polish, German, Spanish, American Spanish, Romanian, French, with many more coming soon.

“We’re very excited to bring IVONA’s human-quality voices to high-growth international IVR markets,” says Lukasz Osowski, CEO of IVONA Software.

In these environments, quality is the most important purchasing factor and everyone wants a voice that sounds natural and lifelike and uses the proper inflection. BrightVoice technology of IVONA fully meets these basic requirements of the customers.

IVONA, in support of its long-standing commitment to accessibility, works closely with the largest organizations supporting blind and visually impaired people in the world.

In related news, IVONA Text to Speech, an award winning developer and provider of high quality text-to-speech technology, introduced IVONA for Developers, a new free online resource for mobile applications developers seeking to integrate top quality voices into text-to-speech services. The new portal, available offers everything developers need to incorporate TTS functionality into mobile application.

Deepika Mala is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

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