Call Center Speech Platform Gives Voice to More Data

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TuVox announces an update to its voice platform that gives a voice to data retrieved from databases and Web services.

TuVox has launched an updated version of its call center speech platform that can voice-enable information retrieved from databases and Web services.

TuVox CVR 4.0, announced Monday, expands a technology the company calls "SmartGen" to build speech dialogs, prompts and grammars in order to navigate data from SQL databases and Web services, said Steve Pollock, executive vice president and co-founder of TuVox Inc.

The new feature will allow call centers to use speech recognition to conduct automated transactions such as retrieving insurance claims data or ordering products, he said.

TuVox CVR, which stands for Conversational Voice Response, already used SmartGen to speech-enable content from enterprise systems, such as product manuals.

The platform sits atop speech recognition engines such as those from Nuance Communications Inc. and ScanSoft Inc.'s SpeechWorks division and provides prebuilt functionality for developing and running speech applications for call centers, TuVox CEO Larry Miller said. It also helps bring speech applications to more enterprises by removing the need to do custom development, he said.

"By having the ability to deploy sophisticated speech applications that are equal to or better than an agent, customers will actually use the application," Miller said.

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The latest TuVox CVR release also adds a new feature called Predictive Recognition for testing and fine-tuning speech applications. It predicts words and phrases that might be misunderstood by a speech application before it is deployed to callers, Pollock said.

TuVox CVR 4.0 will be generally available in September. The Los Altos, Calif., company offers the software both in an enterprise license model and as a service. Pricing varies, but an average deployment can cost about $350,000, officials said.

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Matthew Hicks As an online reporter for eWEEK.com, Matt Hicks covers the fast-changing developments in Internet technologies. His coverage includes the growing field of Web conferencing software and services. With eight years as a business and technology journalist, Matt has gained insight into the market strategies of IT vendors as well as the needs of enterprise IT managers. He joined Ziff Davis in 1999 as a staff writer for the former Strategies section of eWEEK, where he wrote in-depth features about corporate strategies for e-business and enterprise software. In 2002, he moved to the News department at the magazine as a senior writer specializing in coverage of database software and enterprise networking. Later that year Matt started a yearlong fellowship in Washington, DC, after being awarded an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship for Journalist. As a fellow, he spent nine months working on policy issues, including technology policy, in for a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He rejoined Ziff Davis in August 2003 as a reporter dedicated to online coverage for eWEEK.com. Along with Web conferencing, he follows search engines, Web browsers, speech technology and the Internet domain-naming system.

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