Voice-Directed Work(TM) Application works with handhelds.

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Vocollect Voice for Handhelds delivers industrial voice-recognition technology to voice-enabled handheld devices. To promote voice recognition in industrial settings, it includes industrial speech recognition and text-to-speech technology combined with optimized device client software for communication to host systems. Along with multilingual support, users can select male or female voice and choose from 9 prompt speeds.

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Vocollect Voice(TM) Brings Voice-Directed Work to Handheld Devices

PITTSBURGH - December 20, 2005 - Vocollect, Inc., the global leader in Voice-Directed Work(TM), today announced the release of Vocollect Voice for Handhelds, which brings the same industrial voice-recognition technology that powers Vocollect's Talkman wearable computers to voice-enabled handheld devices. This capability expands the hardware platform alternatives customers have for deploying Voice-Directed Work in distribution centers and areas beyond the warehouse. Symbol Technologies' MC9060-S is the first handheld device that will be supported with handhelds from other manufacturers to follow in the coming months.

"For nearly 20 years, customers have realized accuracy and productivity gains in warehouses and distribution centers with Voice-Directed Distribution," said Jack LeVan, CEO, Vocollect, Inc. "The decision to offer customers a choice in platforms above and beyond voice-only wearable computers came with the idea that voice applications are perfectly suited to augment screen and keypad-based work activities. Adding voice provides an opportunity to improve productivity and accuracy in concert with other handheld functions."

The biggest benefit that Vocollect Voice for Handhelds brings to the market is that clients can now mix and match devices in the same deployment under the same deployment management tools and IT architecture.

Fast, accurate, and noise tolerant speech recognition is mandatory for providing the returns business customers expect from their investment. Vocollect Voice for Handhelds provides hand-held device users with the market-leading choice for high-performance voice recognition in industrial settings and includes Vocollect's industrial speech recognition and text-to-speech technology combined with optimized device client software for communication to host systems.

Vocollect Voice for Handhelds will support 13 language sets (US English, French, German, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Danish, Finnish, Swedish, Canadian French, Brazilian Portuguese, and UK English). Team members can also select a male or female voice and choose from nine prompt speeds.

"Our relationship with Vocollect provides customers with mobile solutions designed to increase productivity and improve operational efficiencies," said Brian Viscount, vice president of mobile computing, Symbol Technologies. "Building upon the success of the MC9000 family of mobile computers in the retail supply chain, Symbol has further improved the audio capabilities of our high performance platform to provide enhanced performance for speech recognition and voice-prompted applications. This added capability enables our customers to deploy the MC9060-S across more applications within their enterprise thereby helping to improve overall return on investment."

Vocollect's family of speech recognition headsets, designed specifically for demanding industrial work environments, can be employed via a snap-on adapter that accommodates Vocollect's patented break-away connector or through a consumer-grade audio jack.

Clients needing assistance in understanding the application potential, weighing the investment vs. benefits, and evaluating performance tradeoffs between voice-only wearable and voice-enabled handheld devices can tap into Vocollect experts with nearly 20 years of experience applying voice in hundreds of DCs. Assessments, full project life-cycle implementation, training and support are available as part of a complete Voice-Directed Distribution program.

About Vocollect

Each day over 100,000 workers in distribution centers on six continents use Voice-Directed Work(TM) to increase fulfillment accuracy, boost productivity, and improve customer satisfaction. Since pioneering industrial voice recognition in 1987, Vocollect has helped clients improve the performance of a variety of warehouse applications. Through direct connections with dozens of leading WMS providers and the expertise of partners around the world, integration time is reduced resulting in fast ROI. To learn more, please visit www.vocollect.com.

Vocollect, Vocollect Voice on Handhelds, Talkman, and Voice-Directed Work are trademarks of Vocollect, Inc. All rights reserved.

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