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Sirsi Selects ScanSoft RealSpeak to Service Libraries Worldwide.



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PEABODY, Mass. & HUNTSVILLE, Ala.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 17, 2002

Natural-Sounding Text-to-Speech Technology Provides Automated 24-Hour

Telephone Access to Library Information and Services

ScanSoft, Inc. (Nasdaq: SSFT SSFT Secure Socket File Transfer ), a leading supplier of imaging, speech and language solutions, and Sirsi Corporation, a leading global provider of software and services to the library industry, today announced that Sirsi has licensed ScanSoft(R) RealSpeak(TM) to integrate synthesized speech into its Sirsi Voice Automation (SVA SVA School of Visual Arts
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) telephone notification system A modern notification system is a combination of software and hardware that provides a means of delivering a message to a set of recipients. For example, notification systems can send an e-mail when a new topic has been added to Wikipedia. , an application used by public libraries worldwide. SVA is a module of Sirsi's UnicornOasis(R) Library Management System, a fully integrated, flexible management system for public libraries of all sizes.

The SVA telephone notification system is a convenient, automatic way for users to utilize a wide range of library services 24 hours a day, such as renewal of library materials and checking the status of books on hold. Libraries are also able to contact users automatically to deliver phone-based reminders regarding books on hold, overdue items and upcoming library events. Users also have the option of selecting a PIN to keep personal information secure.

SVA uses the ScanSoft RealSpeak text-to-speech product as its "voice" for conveying information through inbound and outbound applications. For users who call into the SVA system at their local library, RealSpeak is able to quickly deliver answers to user inquiries using a human-sounding synthesized voice. For outbound applications, such as automatically calling library cardholders to remind them of overdue books, RealSpeak can convey the request with appropriate emphasis.

"The SVA voice will be the most prominent and identifiable feature for library users, making our selection of an outstanding text-to-speech solution especially important," said Lamar Jackson, Sirsi's director of business alliances. "ScanSoft's RealSpeak met the challenge by providing a single interface that supports up to 19 languages, delivering real-time performance, and exceeding our expectations of voice quality."

ScanSoft's RealSpeak is the market-leading product for converting text into human-sounding synthesized speech. The technology is used for a wide range of applications, including delivering emails for unified messaging Having access to e-mail, voice mail and faxes via a common computer application or by telephone. For example, unified messaging may send faxes and digitized voice mail to a mail server that turns them into e-mail attachments.  systems, providing prompts for interactive voice response (IVR (Interactive Voice Response) An automated telephone information system that speaks to the caller with a combination of fixed voice menus and data extracted from databases in real time. ) applications, and speech-enabling mobile, automotive, game and PC/multi-media applications.

"ScanSoft is pleased to be partnering with Sirsi to offer millions of library users around the world the benefits of RealSpeak's natural-sounding text-to-speech technology," said Wayne Crandall, senior vice president of sales and business development at ScanSoft. "By deploying ScanSoft's text-to-speech technology to automate library information and services, Sirsi validates the productivity gains and versatility of RealSpeak."

About RealSpeak

RealSpeak offers a single, standardized application programming interface (API (Application Programming Interface) A language and message format used by an application program to communicate with the operating system or some other control program such as a database management system (DBMS) or communications protocol. ) that enables the deployment of speech-enabled applications in 19 languages: US and UK English, German, French, Dutch & Belgian Dutch, Castilian and Mexican Spanish, Italian, European and Brazilian Portuguese Brazilian Portuguese (português brasileiro in Portuguese) is a group of dialects of Portuguese written and spoken by virtually all the 190 million inhabitants of Brazil and by a couple million Brazilian emigrants, mainly in the United States, United Kingdom, Portugal, , Norwegian, Polish, Swedish, Danish and Cantonese & Mandarin Chinese, Korean and Japanese.

ScanSoft RealSpeak offers unmatched support for hardware systems, including Hitachi, Intel(R) (Pentium(R), Strong ARM(R) and XScale(R)), MIPS (Million Instructions Per Second) The execution speed of a computer. For example, .5 MIPS is 500,000 instructions per second; 100 MIPS is a hundred million instructions per second. (R) and NEC (NEC Corporation, Tokyo, www.nec.com, www.necus.com) An electronics conglomerate known in the U.S. for its monitors. In Japan, it had the lion's share of the PC market until the late 1990s (see PC 98).

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About ScanSoft, Inc.

ScanSoft, Inc. is the leading supplier of imaging, speech and language solutions that are used to automate a wide range of manual processes--saving time, increasing worker productivity and improving customer service. For additional information on the company, please visit http://www.ScanSoft.com.

UnicornOasis and SVA

Sirsi Voice Automation is a module of Sirsi's UnicornOasis(R) system for public libraries. UnicornOasis provides an online community gathering place for modern information seekers through the iBistro Electronic Library, which provides library users with convenient, powerful access to library-caliber content via the Internet, and the easy-to-use WorkFlows client, which provides library staff with a single graphical client to manage all areas of library operations.

About Sirsi

Sirsi (www.sirsi.com) recognizes that today's librarians are on a mission to break down walls -- barriers that limit the knowledge and resources accessible to library users. A partner with leading libraries around the globe since 1979, Sirsi provides software and services that assist libraries in breaking down walls, thereby promoting learning, empowerment, and opportunity for diverse user communities. Sirsi's portfolio of products and services includes the iBistro and iLink e-Library solutions, hailed as "groundbreaking technology;" the Unicorn Library Management System, the industry's most complete integrated library system An integrated library system, or ILS, is an enterprise resource planning system for a library, used to track items owned, orders made, bills paid, and patrons who have borrowed. ; the Hyperion Digital Media Archive, a solution especially for libraries' digital collections; and a full slate Any political party or faction that seeks to form a majority in a parliament or on a board of directors or other responsible body typically must run a full slate if only to demonstrate that they have the capacity to attract the talent to fill every position with some person, even if that  of consulting, networking, training, and support services support services Psychology Non-health care-related ancillary services–eg, transportation, financial aid, support groups, homemaker services, respite services, and other services .

Trademark reference: ScanSoft and RealSpeak are registered trademarks or trademarks of ScanSoft, Inc. in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area.  and other countries. Sirsi and TalkToMe are trademarks of Sirsi Corporation. All other company names or product names referenced herein may be the trademarks of their respective holders.

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