NCR Corporation announced a global agreement with ScanSoft, to embed ScanSoft’s RealSpeak Solo text-to-speech (TTS) engine within NCR’s APTRA Edge and APTRA Advance NDC self-service software. The agreement provides the tools for financial institutions to improve automated teller machine (ATM) access for visually impaired banking customers.
By incorporating ScanSoft’s RealSpeak Solo TTS engine within its ATM units, NCR ATMs can deliver access and service to visually impaired and blind users. Using RealSpeak Solo, NCR ATMs can convert dynamic text into natural-sounding speech. By inserting personal headphones into the ATM audio jack and swiping a bank card, users can conduct individual financial transactions and have on-screen displays, such as account balance, account fund transfers and other personal information, read back to them through synthetic voice.