Conversay Hosts IBM, Motorola, Nokia and Sun in Java Speech API Expert Group Meeting

8/5/2002 - Conversay, a global leader in speech technology solutions for both mobile and traditional Internet access devices, recently hosted the first face-to-face meeting for the JavaTM Speech Application Program Interface (JSAPI) 2.0. Conversay leads this expert group, comprised of companies with speech interface expertise, to develop the JSAPI 2.0 standard specifications.

JSAPI 2.0 allows developers to incorporate speech technology into user interfaces for Java technology enabled applets and applications. This API will provide access to speech technology on the growing number of devices running the mobile environment for JavaTM2 Platform, Micro Edition (J2METM), enhancing the usability and functionality of mobile devices. According to an article by Sarah Sleeper in Investor's Business Daily, sales of Java technology-enabled mobile phones totaled 14 million units in 2001, and sales are expected to reach 100 million units in 2002.

"The face-to-face meeting marks a milestone where members of the expert group are creating a market focused definition of the JSAPI 2.0 specification." said Steve Rondel, Conversay president and CEO. "Conversay is honored to lead such an outstanding group of industry experts. The representation of the companies and individuals involved signifies a serious commitment to speech and JSAPI."

"Sun Microsystems is excited to see the JavaTM Speech API (JSAPI) move forward in the Java Community Process," said Will Walker, Manager of the Speech Group at Sun Microsystems. "The expert group has a very strong speech background and also includes several individuals who worked with the first version of JSAPI. I have confidence that the team is capable of producing an excellent specification."

In addition to speech scientists and technology developers from Conversay, the JSAPI 2.0 Expert Group includes members from IBM, Motorola, Nokia Corporation, Nokia Mobile Phones, Openwave Systems Inc., Lynn Shepherd, Siemens AG, Streamingedge, Sun Microsystems, Inc., Texas Instruments Inc., Andrew Thompson and Zucotto Wireless.

The Java Community ProcessSM (
Since its introduction in 1995 as the open, inclusive process to develop and revise Java technology specifications, reference implementations, and technology compatibility kits, the Java Community Process program has fostered the evolution of the Java platform in cooperation with the international Java developer community. Over 100 Java technology specifications are in development in the JCP program, which has over 350 company and individual participants.

About Conversay (
Founded in 1994, Conversay provides solutions that enable voice interaction with networked information, including the Internet, when other interfaces are difficult or impossible. Built on an innovative speech engine, ConversayTM technology is speaker-independent, modular, scalable and accommodates unlimited vocabulary, making it ideally suited for embedded applications. It also drives the award-winning line of ConversationTM products including a voice browser, a server, and developer tools for the web, desktop, server, and embedded markets. Conversay headquarters are in Redmond, Wash.

Conversay and Conversation are trademarks of Conversational Computing Corporation (d.b.a. "Conversay"). Sun and Java are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

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