Qpass to integrate Nuance speech recognition and voice authentication into
its e-Wallet and transaction services for mobile commerce to create Qpass
Qpass, a global leader in digital commerce services, today announced plans
to offer the Qpass TalkWallet, a voice-enabled e-Wallet and transaction
service for mobile commerce, using speech recognition and voice
authentication technology from Nuance, the leader in Voice Web software.
These new Qpass products and services will enable telecommunications
companies, wireless carriers and voice portal providers to offer their
customers simple, secure and intuitive voice-activated buying via their
The integration of the Nuance 7.0 natural language speech recognition
engine and the Nuance Verifier voice authentication software into Qpass'
commerce services marks a key milestone in the development of
voice-activated mobile commerce and the evolution of the Voice Web. It
offers, for the first time, a secure, device-appropriate buying experience
that enables consumers to make purchases simply by speaking their requests
in a natural, conversational manner - eliminating the need for cumbersome
PIN-based security and manual data entry on mobile handsets and devices.
Built using the Qpass commerce service, Qpass TalkWallet securely stores,
manages and transfers personal and payment information for use during
commerce transactions, delivering that information directly into a
merchant's existing order processing system so that consumers no longer
need to enter personal or credit card information with each new
transaction or merchant.
"In today's highly competitive wireless environment, the ability to just
'say it' and then 'buy it' provides carrier differentiation and consumer
satisfaction," said Bill Barnard, Managing Director Qpass Europe. "The
voice-powered capabilities of Qpass TalkWallet enable wireless carriers
and voice portals to increase their transaction revenue, decrease
abandonment rates and retain customers on the mobile platform."
"Working with Nuance to provide a personalised solution for mobile
commerce is an important step in our strategy to help telecommunications
carriers worldwide deploy new, value-added services, and we're pleased to
be working with them on this initiative,'' he added.
"The relationship between Nuance and Qpass will spur the adoption of
V-Commerce, or voice-enabled e-commerce, on the Voice Web," said Ron
Croen, president and CEO of Nuance. "And with Nuance's Verifier voice
authentication technology, Qpass will make shopping through your mobile
phone more convenient and secure than ever before."
About Qpass (www.qpass.com)
The global leader in digital commerce services, Qpass provides the
commerce infrastructure for next-generation transactions across the
Internet, broadband and mobile networks and devices.
Integrating its flagship Digital Commerce Service, a cross-site
transactional solution for the sale of content and services via IP
networks, with its industry-leading electronic wallet technology, the
Qpass Connected Commerce Platform enables the sale of content, goods and
services across a full range of networks and devices - including personal
computers, wireless phones, PDAs and interactive television - by providing
persistent, portable payment credentials, a consistent purchase experience
and universal account management capabilities. Founded in 1997, Qpass is
based in Seattle, WA. The company is privately held.
Nuance is the leader in Voice Web software - speech recognition, voice
authentication, text-to-speech and voice-browsing products that make the
information and services of enterprises, telecommunications networks and
the Internet accessible from any telephone. Every day, millions of people
interact with Nuance systems at blue-chip companies like BeVocal, Lycos,
Merrill Lynch, Nomura Securities, Sprint PCS and Tellme Networks. Nuance
is headquartered in Menlo Park, California, with global sales offices and
partners supporting solutions in multiple languages around the world. For
more information about Nuance, visit http://www.nuance.com
For more information, please contact:
Beth Harvey, Marketing Manager Qpass Europe
On behalf of Qpass:
Emma Thompson/Nicola Morgan
01753 448832 or 01753 448885
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