Brooktrout Technology and SpeechWorks Partner to Deliver Speech Recognition to New Network Applications for the Telecommunications Market

7/19/2002 - Brooktrout Technology, Inc., a leading provider of innovative hardware and software platforms that enable applications for the New Network™, today announced that it has partnered with SpeechWorks (Nasdaq: SPWX), the global leader in speech recognition and text-to-speech (TTS) technologies and services, to deliver speech recognition on its TR1000™ media resource platform. With Brooktrout's support for SpeechWorks software, developers can create speech-enabled applications for telcos and enterprises such as voice-activated dialing, automated operator assistance and unified messaging. These applications have proven R.O.I. benefits.

Brooktrout Technology offers a range of advanced ASR (automated speech recognition) platforms that combine board-level resources with feature-rich APIs designed to match developer's needs. Brooktrout and SpeechWorks have collaborated on the development of integration code and sample applications to jump start developers. This collaboration will save development effort and help accelerate time to market. In addition to the engineering work, the two companies have signed a joint marketing agreement that defines their collaboration on marketing and sales in the speech market.

"Brooktrout Technology has been an excellent technology partner, working to ensure that our products are seamlessly integrated and support rapid development of speech-based applications," said Bill Ledingham, VP of Product Development at SpeechWorks. "By offering integration code and sample applications together with Brooktrout we are helping our developers create best of breed solutions, particularly for the telecommunications market."

"As a provider of open systems enabling technology, Brooktrout's products are only a component of an overall solution. We rely on the strength of our partners to jointly provide world class speech solutions," says Peter Vescuso, vice president of marketing for Brooktrout's New Public Networks Group. "According to the Kelsey Group, SpeechWorks has the largest ASR market share. Our customers can feel confident that Brooktrout is partnering with a recognized leader in the speech market, and that ASR applications developed on our products are optimized for high performance and ease of integration."

The TR1000 is the industry's highest density ASR platform with full-duplex capability and echo cancellation on all channels, which provides for more scalable solutions at a lower per-port cost. The TR1000 is optimized for carrier-grade speech solutions, such as voice dialing, speech-enabled unified communications, automated operator services, and personal agents (find me/follow me services). Systems can be configured to support over 240 simultaneous, full-featured ASR sessions. The TR1000 also supports Speechify, SpeechWorks' human-sounding text-to-speech product, which is increasingly used in unified messaging applications and complementary applications to ASR.

To meet the needs of enterprise developers, Brooktrout also offers a lower-density speech recognition platform through its Vantage™ Series of boards. The Vantage Series provides full duplex, barge-in speech recognition capabilities for analog systems of four to 32 channels. Whether the application is small or large, Brooktrout provides developers with flexible, robust platforms to meet their speech recognition development needs.

Brooktrout Technology and SpeechWorks are both members of the VoiceXML Forum and SALT Forum, a group of companies with a shared goal of accelerating the use of speech in multimodal and telephony systems through systems based on open standards.

About Brooktrout Technology
Brooktrout Technology ( delivers innovative hardware and software platforms that enable the development of New Network™ applications and systems 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). For more information visit

About SpeechWorks
Through the power of SpeechWorks technologies, the human voice is all a person needs to access instant information and conduct transactions from a phone or communications device. Around the world, customer service innovators such as AT&T, America Online, Deutsche Telekom and Microsoft are realizing returns on SpeechWorks applications that consistently delight and serve customers 24 hours a day. With over 170 partners, SpeechWorks (Nasdaq: SPWX) delivers natural language speech recognition, speaker verification and text-to-speech (TTS) solutions to leading corporations, telecommunications providers, device manufacturers and government organizations worldwide. For a description of our products, services and unique customer programs such as the SpeechWorks Here S.T.E.P.™ (Speech Technology Evaluation Process) program call 617.428.4444 or visit

New Network, TR1000 and Vantage are trademarks of Brooktrout, Inc. SpeechWorks and SpeechWorks Here S.T.E.P. are trademarks or registered trademarks of SpeechWorks International, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Contacts: Laura Often
Brooktrout Inc.

Anne Marie Clark
Brooktrout, Inc.

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