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Loquendo, Digium Collaborate to Build Multilingual Speech Applications Based on Asterisk

Loquendo, Digium Collaborate to Build Multilingual Speech Applications Based on Asterisk

July 16, 2009
By Stefania Viscusi, Assignment Desk Editor

Hunstville, Ala.-based Digium Inc., the company that created and develops Asterisk, the popular open source telephony platform, has announced a new partnership that will allow for the creation of Asterisk (News - Alert)-based multilingual speech applications.

To support a growing base of Asterisk users who don't use English, the company partnered with Loquendo, a Telecom Italia (News - Alert) company and provider of speech technologies, to integrate the telephony platform with the latter's "VoxNauta" voice platform.
Officials say this latest integration brings Loquendo’s (News - Alert) speech recognition and text-to-speech technologies to Asterisk users in 26 languages and 63 voices, and adds support for users in Chinese, French, German, Italian and a number of other languages.

In addition, Asterisk users can now more easily create telephony deployments with speech applications including auto-attendants, CRM apps, UC and self-service applications.

According to Daniele Sereno, Loquendo vice president for product engineering, Loquendo can now enrich the Asterisk experience by providing its full portfolio of languages and voices and its standards-compliant voice platform to the developer community so they can place their focus on building and creating apps.
“The Asterisk community has always been strong worldwide and interest in use of the platform to create standards-based voice applications is particularly healthy right now. We’re enthusiastic about Loquendo’s work across numerous languages and industries and believe that their standards-orientation makes them a natural partner for Digium (News - Alert),” said Bill Miller, vice president of product management at Digium.
Earlier this week, Loquendo announced the release of version 7.7 of its TTS solution, which boasts improved audio quality and a smaller footprint.

Digium will also host Asterisk training courses at TMC’s INTERNET TELEPHONY Conference & EXPO West 2009 this year scheduled to take place September 1-3, 2009 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The courses will include an introduction to Asterisk Open Source PBX (News - Alert) and an introduction to the SwitchVox system.

Stefania Viscusi is an assignment editor for TMCnet, covering VoIP, CRM, call center and wireless technologies. To read more of Stefania’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Michael Dinan

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