Pronexus Inc.

Pronexus Inc.

May 24, 2005 10:01 ET

Pronexus VBSALT'TM' 1.2 Delivers Interoperability with New Telephony Interface Managers from Brooktrout and Intel, Expands Language Support on Microsoft Speech Server R2

OTTAWA, CANADA--(CCNMatthews - May 24, 2005) -

IVR development tool expands speech development options with language support for Canadian French and US Spanish, offers broader platform support for Microsoft Speech Server 2004 R2

Pronexus Inc., an innovator of computer telephony and speech software solutions since 1993, and the first to bring the power of .NET to the field, today introduced VBSALT 1.2, the latest generation of its rapid application development tool, which complements the recently announced Microsoft Speech Server (MSS) 2004 R2.

VBSALT 1.2 features support for the Brooktrout Telephony Interface Manager (TIM), as well as the latest generation of Intel's NetMerge(C) Call Manager for the MSS platform. In addition, enterprise and call center developers as well as independent software vendors (ISVs) can now use VBSALT, the first development environment for the MSS platform, to easily create speech-enabled IVRs and other applications in Canadian French and US Spanish, the latest languages supported by MSS 2004 R2.

"The development of applications and enabling tools for Microsoft Speech Server 2004 R2 by our ecosystem partners such as Pronexus is important to taking speech mainstream," said Piyush Dogra, director of strategic alliances at Microsoft. "We are pleased that VBSALT now supports the latest generation of the Microsoft Speech Server platform."

VBSALT delivers critical components for successful speech application development by dynamically generating the SALT and JScript code required to control MSS, and by encapsulating best practices for voice user interface (VUI) design. Low level controls are completely transparent to the application programmer, enabling them to focus on the business logic of their applications.

The combination of VBSALT and the Brooktrout TIM allows developers to rapidly build sophisticated speech applications in an easy-to-use visual call-flow environment that is seamlessly integrated into Visual Studio .NET. The tool's integrated support for the Brooktrout TIM provides developers with an additional choice for the creation of flexible and cost-effective speech applications. VBSALT also supports the latest Intel NetMerge® Call Manager TIM, and the Vail Systems SIP TIM, giving users the flexibility to choose a telephony interface manager that best suits their requirements.

"We are pleased to see the adoption of Brooktrout components for Microsoft Speech Server 2004 R2," commented Scott Wieder, Director of Market Development at Brooktrout. "The support for our Telephony Interface Manager in VBSALT is another step forward in our collective effort to make speech accessible to enterprises of all sizes."

"Speech solutions can deliver business benefits in the form of cost savings or improved customer service, and the combination of Microsoft Speech Server with the unique benefits of VBSALT have already helped organizations realize the true value of speech," commented Gary T. Hannah, President and CEO of Pronexus Inc. "With broad platform and language support, VBSALT and Speech Server are set to bring the power of speech to an even greater audience."

Pricing and Availability

VBSALT 1.2, the toolkit for IVR, telephony and speech, will be available from Pronexus and its distribution partners CYGCOM and Paracon as of June 6th. To download an evaluation version, or to obtain more information on pricing and the Pronexus range of tools, solutions and services for MSS 2004 R2, visit http://www.pronexus.com.

About Pronexus

Founded in 1993, Pronexus Inc. is the developer of VBVoice™ and VBSALT™, the only Rapid Application Development toolkits for telephony and speech inside Visual Studio.NET that blend both GUI and sophisticated programming. Pronexus also provides VeoSuite, a range of turnkey applications for Microsoft Speech Server, and a complement of professional services that voice-enable a variety of industries. Comprehensive support and acclaimed training complete the firm's offerings.

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