Nuance's Speech Recognition Software Enhances and Diversifies
Geoworks Mobile ASP Solution
ALAMEDA, Calif. (January 9, 2001) - Geoworks Corporation (Nasdaq: GWRX), a leading innovator in mobile data communications services and technologies, today announced an agreement with Nuance (Nasdaq: NUAN), the leader in voice interface software, to offer voice-enabled mobile data services to Geoworks' Mobile ASP(tm) clients. Leveraging Nuance's market-leading speech recognition software, Geoworks will develop customized mobile data services for its Mobile ASP clients that enable them to quickly deliver voice access to Internet content and commerce for business users, mobile professionals and consumers.
For example, a mobile user who prefers to keep his hands free while driving would have voice access to the same types of Mobile ASP services that have previously been available via a touchtone keypad interface. The voice interface will enable mobile users to retrieve wireless data and Internet content and services in a manner that is faster, safer and more accurate than keypad interactions.
"In developing a variety of Mobile ASP solutions for different companies, we have realized that many mobile end-users want the option of accessing wireless data services through both the keypad of the mobile device as well as a voice interface," said Rhonda Jobe, Vice President of Marketing of Geoworks Corporation. "After examining a variety of different providers of speech recognition software, we decided Nuance will best enable Geoworks to deploy a voice interface for its Mobile ASP solutions."
Geoworks' Mobile ASP solution enables companies to extend their operations, communications and customer service initiatives to the mobile medium in order to achieve immediate business-to-consumer and business-to-business communications. Mobile ASP is a scalable solution that is customized to meet each client's individual needs, and the addition of Nuance's software will further enable Geoworks to develop and deploy the specific solution required by each Mobile ASP client. The integration of an intuitive voice interface with the traditional touchtone keypad enables Geoworks to develop Mobile ASP solutions that provide greater flexibility and utility to end-user customers.
"Geoworks is a valuable member of our Voice Web Initiative," said Steve Ehrlich, Vice President of Marketing for Nuance. "Geoworks and Nuance share the conviction that wireless data services must be tailored to the individual needs of mobile users, many of whom prefer to access wireless data services through an intuitive voice interface."
About Mobile ASP
Geoworks can develop Mobile ASP solutions for a wide variety of businesses, from financial and credit institutions to airlines and rental car agencies. With Mobile ASP, these companies can leverage the time-sensitive and personal nature of the mobile medium to provide relevant communications and services to their customers and field staff. By extending customer service and other enterprise applications to the mobile medium, Geoworks' Mobile ASP clients can increase revenue, reduce costs and increase customer and workforce loyalty.
Because each Mobile ASP client requires a range of technologies and services to best meet the needs of their mobile customers, Geoworks Mobile ASP is comprised of several different components, including application development, Mobile Server+, systems integration, wireless network integration, 24x7 customer care and application hosting. Mobile ASP clients select the elements of this offering that suit their individual needs for a mobile data solution.
Geoworks Corporation (NASDAQ: GWRX) is a leading innovator in wireless data communications services and technologies for the business-to-business and business-to-consumer markets. Geoworks' Mobile ASP( solution utilizes a flexible combination of its proprietary Mobile Server+ technology and its mobile media expertise to enable businesses to reach their mobile customers with relevant and timely information. Geoworks AirBoss client/server mobile data solutions provide carrier-grade customizable systems ranging from field service applications to telematics solutions. Based in Alameda, California, the company has offices in New Jersey, Japan and the United Kingdom, and can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.geoworks.com
In keeping with U.S. law, Geoworks notes that this press release includes forward-looking statements, pertaining to the emergence of, and Geoworks' participation in, the mobile data and technology licensing and services markets. Actual results may vary significantly due to various risks and uncertainties. Those include, but are not limited to, the following: (i) the mobile data and technology services market may not emerge to the degree or timing anticipated; and (ii) new technologies and new services are inherently subject to development, timing, and consumer-acceptance risks. Moreover, the outcome and cost of litigation is difficult to assess. Additional information is available in the Risk Factors and Business discussions in the Company's Forms 10- K, 10-Q, and other filings available from the Company or from the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Donna Amato, The Weber Group Europe
Bob Bogard, Geoworks
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