Loquendo and PIKA Technologies Certify Interoperability of Pika's Telephony Boards and Loquendo Speech Technologies


February 21st, 2007 - Turin, Italy and Ottawa, Canada - Loquendo, the global speech technology company, and PIKA Technologies Inc., a designer and manufacturer of plug-in media processing hardware and software building blocks, today announced the certified interoperability of Loquendo Speech Technologies and PIKA 's Digital T1/E1 PrimeNet MM boards, via Paraxip PSTN-to-SIP Gateway software.

Through this partnership with Loquendo, PIKA enhances its position in the rapidly expanding market of automated voice applications for small and medium size businesses with one of the most advanced, state of the art speech recognition and text to speech technologies available today. Supporting 20 languages, Loquendo users will also be able to benefit from their VoiceXML browser capabilities.

Loquendo's clients can now take advantage of the powerful PIKA Digital T1/E1 Boards, which provide superior voice processing, echo cancellation and speech detection technologies and are available in single, dual and quad T1/E1 port densities.

This packaged solution provides system integrators and service developers with all the technologies they require for the creation of voice services, call center automation, voice automation features in CRM applications, Intranet and Unified Messaging and the creation of info-mobility solutions.

PIKA offers high performance telephony boards with market leading port densities. PIKA's digital boards combine up to four highly flexible T1/E1 digital network interfaces with integrated DSP resources. A wide-range of feature-rich services make these boards the reliable choice for the most demanding voice, speech recognition, and fax applications. A highly flexible and configurable audio processing interface allows developers to tailor the integration to give a high audio quality resulting in the best possible recognition rates.

Loquendo offers a full range of technological components such as: Loquendo TTS, Loquendo ASR, Loquendo Speaker Verifier and VoiceXML Interpreter. Currently available languages include U.S. and U.K. English, Castilian, Catalan, Valencian, Mexican, Chilean, Argentinian and American Spanish, Italian, German, French, Dutch, Greek, Mandarin Chinese, Brazilian, Portuguese, Swedish, Polish and Canadian French, in both male and female voices.

About PIKA Technologies

PIKA Technologies Inc. is a designer and manufacturer of plug-in media processing hardware and software building blocks that connect computer systems to TDM, IP and IM-based networks to provide advanced voice and fax services. Brand-name companies design groundbreaking IVR, call center, custom PC/IP PBX, fax, speech recognition and logging solutions using PIKA Technologies' components. For two decades, PIKA Technologies has provided its customers with flexible, robust solutions for media processing. The company has been routinely lauded for its customer service and has placed in the Branham 300, an authoritative ranking of successful Canadian high tech firms, for five consecutive years. For more information about PIKA, please visit www.pikatechnologies.com.

About Loquendo

Vocal Technology and Services With over 30 years experience in speech technology, Loquendo is at the forefront of the global speech market. Loquendo TTS, Loquendo ASR, Loquendo Speaker Verification and the Loquendo VoxNauta Platform are high-quality, high-performance technologies that guarantee systems integrators the best solutions in 20 languages with 47 voices. Loquendo is the only speech technology vendor that provides a complete product line for servers, desktop, PDAs and embedded, guaranteeing the same wide range of languages and the same core engine in all these environments. Many enterprises and carriers worldwide have recognized the Loquendo difference, advanced technologies that power millions of calls every day in telecommunications and enterprise markets across the globe. For more information about Loquendo, and to hear demos of all the Loquendo voices, go to www.loquendo.com.

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