NMS Communications to Offer ScanSoft RealSpeak Text-to-Speech with NMS HearSay, the Complete, Open Multimodal Voice and Data Services System

12/18/2002 - NMS Communications (Nasdaq: NMSS) and ScanSoft, Inc. (Nasdaq: SSFT) have integrated ScanSoft's RealSpeak text-to-speech (TTS) engine with NMS HearSay, furthering a commitment to offer a variety of applications and technologies on one complete multimodal voice and data services system. RealSpeak converts text information into the most human-sounding voices, and is available in an unparalleled 19 languages. Cegetel's SFR and other operators are in trials using NMS HearSay with ScanSoft RealSpeak.

NMS HearSay is a completely open, ready-to-deploy mobile services delivery platform that enables operators to rapidly and cost-effectively offer their subscribers custom multimodal voice and data communications services such as short message service, location-based services, and unified communications. The high quality and intelligibility of RealSpeak is ideal for the wide range of speech-enabled applications available with the NMS HearSay system, including unified messaging, interactive voice response, information portals, and SFR's cell broadcast trial.

By integrating applications and technology from leaders such as ScanSoft, NMS HearSay spares operators the significant burden of identifying and then ensuring that these hardware and software products are ready for deployment in "live" network environments. No other text-to-speech product matches the quality and language support delivered by RealSpeak. By providing a single application programming interface for the entire language set, RealSpeak is an ideal complement to the openness of the NMS HearSay system, providing a fast and affordable way to add TTS to multimodal applications. As a result, operators can innovate, providing the latest revenue-generating voice and data services faster and at a lower cost.

NMS HearSay is based on an open architecture that merges telecom mobility with the content-rich Internet and allows for an easy evolution from circuit-switched to packet-based Internet Protocol networks as well as the transition from 2G to next-generation 2.5G and 3G architectures. Every NMS HearSay system incorporates:

"Operators are telling us NMS HearSay is living up to its promises in their trial deployments," said Brian Demers, vice president and general manager of NMS' Network Solutions business. "ScanSoft RealSpeak, the most widely used text-to-speech solution, will be a key contributor to its ongoing success and customer adoption. By integrating the technologies and applications operators want, we've done the heavy lifting so the operators get new service revenues quickly."

"As information access gets pushed out to a variety of devices and touchpoints, voice capabilities becomes a critical interface for businesses and users alike," said Wayne Crandall, senior vice president of sales and business development at ScanSoft. "By integrating ScanSoft RealSpeak with its NMS Hearsay system, NMS can help organizations recognize the promise of multimodal voice and data deployments, making information available on any device from any location and, now, in more languages than ever before."

About ScanSoft RealSpeak
ScanSoft's RealSpeak is the most widely used product for converting text into human-sounding, synthesized speech. The technology is used for a wide range of applications, including reading emails for unified messaging systems, providing prompts for interactive voice response (IVR) applications, and speech-enabling mobile, automotive, game and PC/multi-media applications. It supports a range of operating systems, including Microsoft Windows, Windows CE and Windows CE for Automotive, as well as Intel-based Linux systems. RealSpeak is available in up to 19 languages, depending upon platform, including US and UK English, German, French, Dutch & Belgian Dutch, Castilian and Mexican Spanish, Italian, European and Brazilian Portuguese, Norwegian, Polish, Swedish, Danish and Cantonese & Mandarin Chinese, Korean and Japanese.

About Scansoft
ScanSoft, Inc. is a leading supplier of imaging, speech and language solutions that are used to automate a wide range of manual processes -- saving time, increasing worker productivity and improving customer service.

About NMS Communications
NMS Communications (Nasdaq: NMSS) designs, delivers, and supports technology-leading systems and system building blocks for innovative voice, video, and data services on wireless and wireline networks. The world's top communications equipment suppliers, solution developers, carriers, and network operators trust NMS to help them bring applications and services to market faster and at lower costs.

Headquartered in Framingham, Massachusetts, with offices around the world and products deployed in over 90 countries, NMS has a record of technology innovations that have advanced the growth of the global communications industry. These achievements include voice quality enhancement software that pairs noise reduction and compensation to make it easy for both parties to hear each other during mobile phone conversations, in even the noisiest environments. They also include the industry's first complete and open IP gateway, packet media server, and multimodal system for enhanced services. Visit www.nmscommunications.com for more information.

NMS Communications and NMS HearSay are trademarks of NMS Communications Corporation.

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