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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