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February 11, 2010

Loquendo Hits Berlin, Dubai

By David Sims, TMCnet Contributing Editor

As we speak - write, okay, picky - Loquendo (News - Alert) is attending the Call Center World 2010 in Berlin.

In the run-up to Call Center World 2009 last year, Loquendo announced, to help make it easier for call centers in the U.S. and Canada to have advanced speech technologies, they were partnering with MicroAutomation (News - Alert) for technical support and professional services.

 MicroAutomation is a systems integrator of call center automation products, and will make it possible for customers to enhance their current applications by adding Loquendo speech products and services, TMC's (News - Alert) Stefania Viscusi reported at the time: 'This includes the company's text-to-speech and speech recognition offerings, which provide a number of voices and languages to choose from.'

This year, before the show Loquendo announced that its Embedded TTS and ASR were selected by Texas Instruments (News - Alert) as 'the reference speech technology,' following optimization for the newly-announced OMAP processor-based eBook development platform.

TI’s eBook development platform is described by company officials as 'a comprehensive reference that features TI's OMAP3621 processor, a 9.7” electrophoretic display, the WiLink 6.0 WiFi (News - Alert)/Bluetooth/FM “combo” connectivity, the TPS6518x electronic paper display power management IC, along with other TI analog tools and 3G modem connectivity support.'

It's being marketed as 'a multimedia development environment for creating new eReader applications, and reduces design and development time.'

After Call Center World, Loquendo's off to ISS World MEA 2009 at the JW Marriott Hotel in Dubai the last week in February. There the company will talk about its recent announcement that Alpine Electronics of America, a manufacturer of automotive mobile media products, announced their All-in-One Audio/Video/Navigation Receiver with Loquendo TTS on board.

It's 'the first Alpine product to use Loquendo's lifelike text-to-speech technology,' Loquendo officials say, adding that Loquendo TTS is synthetic speech providing 'immediate and eyes-free access to navigation features on the INA-W900 -- such as turn-by-turn driving directions and the announcement of street and freeway exit names.' 

For more, check out the Speech Recognition and Text to Speech channel on TMCnet.

David Sims is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of David’s articles, please visit his columnist page. He also blogs for TMCnet here.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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