Lou Saviano: 510 739-0621
Leah Lesser: 617 428-4444
Chooses Speech Recognition Technology from SpeechWorks To Let netECHO Customers
Use Their Voices To Reach ANY Web Site Through ANY phone
to Demo New Audio Internet Access Service at Spring Internet World 2000, Launch
Pad, Booth #5668
INTERNET WORLD -- (April 5, 2000) -- InternetSpeech.com, an audio Internet Service
Provider that allows people to use the Internet through the phone rather than
a computer, announced today that it has signed an agreement with SpeechWorks International,
Inc., the market leader in speech recognition solutions for e-business*, to use
its speech recognition technology in InternetSpeech.com's netECHO service.
InternetSpeech.com will demonstrate its new netECHO service at the Spring
Internet World 2000 trade show, April 5-7 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
The agreement between InternetSpeech.com, based in San Jose, CA., and SpeechWorks,
based in Boston, MA., calls for InternetSpeech.com to incorporate the SpeechWorksÒ
6 solution into its netECHO service.
solution provides an exciting new level of convenience by bringing the power of
the Web to anyone with a phone," said Steve Chambers, vice president of worldwide
marketing, SpeechWorks. "Rather than navigating the Web through a cumbersome device
such as a phone screen, people can simply speak and listen to get information.
InternetSpeech.com is propelling forward the end of the tethered world, and its
innovative use of SpeechWorks to do so is commendable."
netECHO will allow users to go "on-line" to any Web site - including sites
written with Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) -- with any phone - wired or
wireless - and use simple voice commands to hear the text content of the Web site,
without the ads and graphics. netECHO™ will let users hear their e-mail and respond
verbally, as well as hear Web-based news, stock quotes, weather, traveling directions
and any other information that is on any Web site, not just special "voice-enabled"
developed a way to let you surf anywhere on the Net with your voice, and hear
the information over any phone, so you can easily find important Web-based information
without a computer," said Dr. Emdad Khan, president and CEO of InternetSpeech.com.
"That can be very useful if you are traveling away from your workplace computer,
or if you don't have a computer. We also think it can be helpful to people with
have chosen SpeechWorks because of its leadership in over-the-telephone speech
recognition," said Khan. "SpeechWorks will help netECHO users get to the
Web site they want, where our intelligent agent technology filters and extracts
the information they want from the site and reads it back to them over the phone,"
When launched in May, netECHO will cost $29.95 per month. The initial product
will allow users to check their Web-based Yahoo e-mail, as well as surf and search
the Internet. Subsequent versions of the product will allow subscribers to conduct
e-commerce transactions by phone, and access other Web-based e-mail systems, such
as Hotmail and AOL mail.
InternetSpeech.com also plans to offer customized, audio-based Internet solutions
to businesses and resellers. For example, InternetSpeech.com would work with a
company to develop an application that allows mobile workers to access the company's
Intranet remotely, and verbally retrieve or input new data. The product could
be packaged with others, such as traditional, computer-based Internet access or
The company is also working with telephone and portal companies, Internet Service
Providers and Application Service Providers to rapidly deploy the technology worldwide.
InternetSpeech.com is a privately held company headquartered in San Jose, California.
It was founded in 1998 to provide audio-based access to the Internet via telephone.
The company believes that today's increasingly mobile and information-driven society
will require alternative ways to go online when away from a computer terminal.
InternetSpeech.com also is interested in bringing the Internet to these large
segments of the population - potential users who don't own or have access to a
computer as well as the visually impaired and disabled community - by using the
most natural interface, their own voice and any phone. You may visit them on the
Web at www.internetspeech.com
Organizations worldwide rely on SpeechWorks to delight their callers and provide
them with a new level of service over the phone. Complementing the self-service
model of e-business, SpeechWorks® speech recognition solutions, including the
revolutionary SpeechSite, let consumers direct their calls, obtain information
and complete transactions automatically, simply by speaking naturally over any
SpeechWorks customers include some of the world's most sophisticated customer
service innovators such as Continental Airlines, E*TRADE, FedEx/Nextlink, Hewlett-Packard,
MapQuest.com and United Airlines. The Company offers the SpeechWorks Here®
Guarantee, the industry's only program that includes a money-back guarantee.
Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, with offices worldwide, SpeechWorks is
a privately held corporation with financing from Intel Corporation, The Intel64
Fund, SAP and venture capital firms. To experience the power of SpeechWorks, call
toll-free: 1.888.SAY.DEMO. For additional information, call 617.428.4444 or visit
the Frost and Sullivan U.S. Telephony-based Speech Technology Software Market
2000 report, SpeechWorks had the largest market share in 1999 of all the speech
vendors in the report.
SpeechWorks Here, and SpeechSite are trademarks or registered trademarks of SpeechWorks
International, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks
are the property of their respective owners.