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Motorola Gets Vocal

The growing market demand for voice applications and products was emphasized Thursday when Motorola released a product designed to deploy voice-enabled Internet services.

The wireless communications provider bowed the VoiceXML 1.0 compliant Voice Developer Gateway -- a single, self-contained unit -- as part of its Mobile Internet eXchange (MIX) platform family of products.

The product allows third-party developers to test and demonstrate their applications in a real world environment, according to Tony Kobrinetz, vice president and general manager, Motorola's Personal Networks Group.

"Developers can really help shape the voice-accessed wireless Web," said Kobrinetz. "The product will help change the way everyone accesses the Internet by bringing it to anyone who has a wireless or fixed-line phone. Now, virtually everyone will be able to access the Internet."

The product supports applications for voice recognition input and text-to-speech output, he added.

Motorola's product release comes on the heels of a alliance announced by IBM that touches a similar vein. Earlier this week IBM rolled out a $10 million partner accelerator initiative for voice applications.

The strategy, with 110 partners and affiliates taking part, builds on IBM's Websphere Voice Server initiative brought which was announced in June.

The alliance aims to develop and deliver voice and speech solutions faster for the telephony, Computer Telephony Integration (CTI) and Web environments.

Further, on Monday, Big Blue debuted two e-business products, announced an alliance with mobile ISPs BT Cellnet, Telecom Italia, Avenir and UniXS to create new e-business applications; and released plans to launch a hosting service that manages wireless e-business applications.



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