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August 21, 2007

Loquendo TTS Adds Personalized, Life-Like Voices to School Notification Applications

By Stefania Viscusi, Assignment Desk Editor

For parents with children attending school, communications with teachers and officials is a must. In today's classroom, many schools have set up notification systems that help parents to easily keep up to speed with educators on everything from a routine absence call to an emergency situation, quickly and efficiently.
SchoolMessenger, a provider of notification solutions for education, and a division of Reliance Communications, Inc., has further personalized their message notification products by adding speech technology to their applications.
For the new addition, SchoolMessenger partnered with speech technology provider Loquendo (News - Alert).  Loquendo TTS speech products offer the ability to add an unparalleled emotional and 'real' element to their notification services.
"Loquendo is delighted to be collaborating with SchoolMessenger," said Rosanna Duce, Loquendo Vice President International Sales in a statement. "Their leadership in school notification, and the impact they are making on academic performance and school safety, provide an excellent venue in which to showcase the expressive language capabilities of Loquendo TTS.”
With the partnership, SchoolMessenger will utilize Loquendo TTS to personalize the voice messages on their notification products, which parents use for all the latest information on attendance, safety and academic performance. Their solutions take a blended messaging approach and mix together a recorded voice, text-to-speech, SMS text messaging and email.
The notifications are easy to use, and reach a large number of parents in a short time.
Loquendo TTS was chosen by SchoolMessenger for its ability to add an emotional component to the voices. This element helps make the system a more natural sounding and easy to use tool for parents.
SchoolMessenger's notification products are in use in over 6,000 school districts, public schools, colleges, universities, private schools and other educational facilities.
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