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DIVERSIFIED UNVEILS INTERACTIVE SPEECH RECOGNITION.

Diversified Investment Advisors, a national investment advisory firm specializing in retirement plans, has unveiled interactive speech recognition capabilities to all of its retirement plan participants.

Diversified has integrated the SpeechWorks solution into its automated voice response system, known as Diversified Direct, to answer participants in a natural-sounding voice, immediately understand spoken requests and process transactions - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This allows plan participants to complete customer service requests and transactions with just a few words.

To get started, all plan participants have to do is say or enter their Social Security number and personal identification number. The system allows individuals to check account balances, review investment performance, update their investment strategy for existing assets or new contributions, change personal account information, initiate selected transactions, and speak with a Customer Service Representative. And, since 60% of all participants using Diversified Direct only want their account balances, this information is provided immediately upon entry into the system. Participants may also access these services over the Web through Diversified Direct Online at http://www.divinvest.com.

"Now our customers have an even easier and faster way to access their accounts and handle their transactions," said Tom Schlossberg, president and CEO of Diversified. "Speech technology is an advanced customer service solution and we are pleased to make it available to all our participants."

The system runs on a platform by InterVoice-Brite, (Nasdaq:INTV) a provider of speech-enabled e-business systems, and uses speech technology from SpeechWorks (Nasdaq:SPWX).

Diversified Investment Advisors is a national investment advisory firm specializing in retirement plans. The company's expertise covers the entire spectrum of defined benefit and defined contribution plans, including: 403(b); 401(k); 457; executive deferred compensation; profit sharing; money purchase; cash balance; Taft-Hartley; rollover IRA and Roth IRA.

Diversified services over $46 billion in retirement plan assets, helping more than 900,000 participants save and invest wisely for retirement. Headquartered in Purchase, NY, the company's regional offices are located in Arkansas, California, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin.

About SpeechWorks

SpeechWorks is a provider of network-based speech recognition and text-to-speech (TTS) technologies and services. Through the power of SpeechWorks technologies, the human voice is all a caller needs to access instant information and conduct transactions from any landline or wireless phone. Around the world, customer service innovators such as CIBC, FedEx and United Airlines are realizing returns on SpeechWorks applications that consistently serve and delight customers 24 hours a day. SpeechWorks can be reached at 617/428-4444 or http://www.speechworks.com.

About iVB Enterprise Solutions

iVB Enterprise Solutions, a division of InterVoice-Brite, Inc., has more than 15 years experience in the development and deployment of speech and call automation solutions serving millions of enterprises' customers worldwide. The company has implemented speech-driven applications for travel and flight information, banking-by-phone, stock quotes and trading, hospital and pharmaceutical call directors, customer service and many more service applications.

iVB Enterprise Solutions can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.intervoice-brite.com.

For more information, call 914/697-8967.
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