Brooktrout Technology and Philips Speech Processing Partner on Voice-Driven Messaging Applications

11/1/2002 - Brooktrout Technology, a leading provider of innovative hardware and software platforms that enable applications for the New NetworkTM, announced that it is has formed a technology partnership with the telephony speech processing business unit of Philips Electronics to integrate SpeechPearlTM, its automatic speech recognition (ASR) engine, with Brooktrout’s TR1100TM and VantageTM Series communications products. This technology will allow developers to rapidly incorporate speech recognition functionality into their unified communication applications.

"Speech recognition has become a critical component of unified communications applications, with application developers looking to easily integrate natural language recognition into their products and drive them to market faster," said Frank Caris, president of the Dallas-based speech processing division of Philips Electronics. "This integration of advanced technology from Brooktrout and Philips will provide developers with the latest tools to build voice-driven application platforms for enterprise messaging and enhanced service provider applications."

SpeechPearl is a market-leading software-only speech recognition and natural language understanding engine from Philips. SpeechPearl is suitable for a variety of voice-enabled telephony applications such as directory assistance services, information and customer care services, banking applications, name dialing and unified messaging. Callers no longer have to memorize abstract sequences of numbers—as with touchtone or number recognition, they can simply say which name or information they would like to access. On October 7, 2002, ScanSoft, Inc. (NASDAQ: SSFT) and Royal Philips Electronics announced a definitive agreement for ScanSoft to acquire the Philips Speech Processing Telephony and Philips Speech Processing Voice Control business units and related intellectual property, including SpeechPearl.

Brooktrout Technology offers the latest in hardware for speech technology and provides the platforms and technical features necessary to voice-enable enterprise and service provider applications, such as unified communications and messaging, conferencing, connection services, voice portal and IVR applications. In addition to its relationship with Philips, Brooktrout also has ongoing partnerships with SpeechWorks and Nuance, and also has plans to support the RealSpeak text to speech engine from ScanSoft. Brooktrout is a member of both the VoiceXML Forum and the SALT Forum, and shares their goal of accelerating the use of speech in multi-modal and telephony systems through systems based on open standards.

About Philips
Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands is one of the world's biggest electronics companies and Europe's largest, with sales of $28.2 billion (EUR 32.3 billion) in 2001. It is a global leader in color television sets, lighting, electric shavers, medical diagnostic imaging and patient monitoring, and one-chip TV products. Its 184,000 employees in more than 60 countries are active in the areas of lighting, consumer electronics, domestic appliances, components, semiconductors, and medical systems. Philips is quoted on the NYSE (symbol: PHG), London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and other stock exchanges.

About Brooktrout Technology
Brooktrout Technology delivers innovative hardware and software platforms that enable the development of New NetworkTM applications, systems and services in targeted market segments, including voice over packet gateways and switches, enhanced services platforms, wireless infrastructure, unified communications, and contact centers. The company’s strategy is to collaborate with its partners to help them increase existing business, expand into new markets and accelerate the delivery of new applications and services. Brooktrout Technology is a subsidiary of Brooktrout, Inc. (NASDAQ: BRKT).

New Network, TR1100, and Vantage are trademarks of Brooktrout, Inc.

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