473 — PipeBeach and Svox announce mixed-lingual telephony services

Feb 4, 2003 | Conteúdos Em Ingles

The Swedish provider of voice solutions, PipeBeach, announced that the Zürich-based Svox text-to-speech (TTS) engine has been integrated into its ‘speechWeb VoiceXML’ platform. This alliance aims at providing mixed-lingual synthesised voices and improving widely used voice applications, such as email/SMS reading, directory assistance and news briefs. The combined offering is available for operators, service providers and enterprises for instant deployment.

“We provide our customers with cost-efficient implementation of voice solutions in a wide range of languages. Svox’s innovative technology and exciting roadmap is an excellent fit with PipeBeach applications and speechWeb platform. We foresee the creation of a range of new revenue generating and cost saving services enabled by our combined offering,” says Christer Granberg, CEO and co-founder of PipeBeach.

Alexander Fries, chief marketing officer at Svox commented: “PipeBeach’s speechWeb VoiceXML platform unique features in combination with Svox ’s mixed-lingual and natural sounding text-to-speech is a perfect solution for telecommunication companies and global corporations interested in implementing voice solutions.”

When using telephony voice services, including a text-to-speech voice, end-users often have difficulties understanding the synthesized voice when text includes words in another language than the text-to-speech engine was developed for. For example an email in French containing English words would be pronounced incorrectly by a standard French TTS engine.

The mixed-lingual text-to-speech architecture from Svox solves the pronunciation problem when reading a native language including foreign words, using the same voice in one single sentence.