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23rd July 2002, Mons, Belgium – Mobile devices are set to become more user-friendly following an agreement between Babel Technologies S.A., a world-leader in speech processing technologies, and EZOS, a leading provider of mobile internet software and services. EZOS will embed Babel’s Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) and Text-To-Speech (TTS) technology into its micro-browsers, which are developed specifically for mobile devices and currently embedded in the HP Jornada 928 Wireless Digital Assistant (WDA), the xda from O2 and the Sagem WA3050.

Users of mobile devices featuring the new, speaker-independent voice-controlled browser, will be able to access the web, corporate networks and email services using voice commands (ASR). The device can then read aloud the content to the user (TTS). Implementing speech and language technology into a mobile device makes it easier for the user to multi-task, reducing time and increasing their efficiency and productivity. There are also considerable safety benefits in industries such as field sales where professionals spend much of their time on the road and may need to access customer information and directions from their corporate database whilst driving.

Commenting on the announcement, Vincent Fontaine, CEO of Babel Technologies said: “Speaking to a device remains the easiest way to control it. This is particularly true where there are a number of menus that need to be navigated. With a device like a PDA, voice control provides quicker and more convenient access to the most commonly used functions.”

He added: “By combining our technologies, Babel and EZOS offer an attractive proposition for any manufacturer that wants to offer speech and language technology to a noisy or mobile environment.”

Jean-Claude Streel, EZOS’ business development manager, said: “Babel is a strategic partner for EZOS. With 18 languages, Babel has the biggest language catalogue in ASR and TTS, an important factor for our global customer base. Furthermore, Babel’s technology is speaker independent and able to understand and interpret different voices and accents.”

Mobile working is one of the hottest growth areas in today's business world. Industry analysts Gartner Group predicted that, by 2003, more than 140 million professionals will be spending at least 20% of their working time beyond the confines of the office. There are many industries in which remote working is becoming essential to the smooth running of operations. In the service industry for example, service engineers with remote access can look up technical information on a repair to be carried out, check to see if spares are available, schedule return visits and so on.

It is expected that the first products to feature the new micro-browser, incorporating voice control, will ship in the upcoming version that will also include new features from the WAP 2.0 specification. The agreement with EZOS is the most recent in a number of high-profile contract wins for Babel; earlier this month, Babel announced that its TTS technology has been implemented in the Dutch-language version of Wizcom’s Reading Pen II.

About Babel Technologies

BABEL Technologies S.A. and Babel-Infovox AB form a corporate group, designing, developing and licensing cutting-edge voice processing technologies. The companies are located in Mons, Belgium and Stockholm, Sweden, closely linked to university research centres like Faculté Polytechnique de Mons, Multitel asbl, CTT Stockholm, etc. It comprises an award-winning team of engineers, with comprehensive expertise in all aspects of Speech Processing who have now launched a world-beating range of products in the following areas: Automatic Speech Recognition, Text-To-Speech and Speaker Verification.

Babel Technologies rapidly became a major player on the market thanks to its outstanding multi-lingual, multi-platform products. Babel Technologies collaborates with leading companies in the telecom, multimedia and embedded markets, including Texas Instruments, Comverse, the US Army, Telia, etc.

For additional information, please look at or contact Vincent Fontaine ( at +32 65 374275

About EZOS

EZOS is the leading provider of Mobile Internet Client solutions. They provide a full product suite from clients like EzWAP®, their industry leading micro-browser for Pocket PC/Pocket PC 2002, to toolkits and the related support services. EzWAP is based on MoByKit®, a platform-independent toolkit which is available for manufacturers of electronic appliances who want to integrate Mobile Internet technology quickly into their particular platforms.

For more information on EZOS, or to download a demo of EzWAP, please visit or contact Jean-Claude Streel - or David Hernie –

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