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MISSION CRITICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC. ANNOUNCES VOICE RECOGNITION SYSTEM FOR COMPUTER USERS CHALLENGED BY CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME

 CONCORD, Mass., Feb. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Mission Critical Technologies(tm), in partnership with the Washington Post, introduces a PC-based computer system which helps companies comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act by providing a technological alternative for workers who are challenged by computer-related disabilities such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
 "The Washington Post will use the new system initially to create and edit classified advertisements," said Beth Loker, vice president, Systems & Engineering.
 The Multipurpose Alternative Entry System (MAES(tm) allows workers to use a variety of state-of-the-art technologies including voice recognition and pen-based computing to augment and enhance the traditional keyboard and mouse user interface. The MAES system accepts data from multiple input technologies depending on the needs and abilities of an individual user. A worker challenged by Carpal Tunnel Syndrome may choose from a variety of input devices including voice entry, electronic pen, keyboard and mouse. The MAES system allows the various input technologies to be used simultaneously, increasing general user productivity.
 Recent statistics published by the Department of Labor estimate that approximately 224,000 cases of cumulative trauma disorder are reported each year. The 1992 enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act made provision for "reasonable accommodation" through technology a requirement in the workplace.
 Richard Rosmarin, president, Mission Critical Technologies said "MAES offers employees a computer interface which adapts to their needs rather than forcing them to adapt to the needs of the computer."
 The MAES system design is based on the results of extensive ergonomic research into man-machine interactions. Each of the system's input technologies offers advantages for entering certain types of information. By using the MAES system, a worker can use the best of what each input technology has to offer. The MAES modular design, based on Windows(tm) workstations operating in a client/server environment, allows for a variety of system configurations depending on the number of users and the application.
 Mission Critical Technologies, Inc. is a privately held software and systems integration company located in Concord, Mass. MCT specializes in the development of advanced data capture systems including fax, voice and pen technologies into integrated client/server based document management systems for the Publishing, Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Industries. Telephone number 508-287-0018, Fax 508-287-0021.
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 /CONTACT: Richard Rosmarin, president of Mission Critical Technologies, 508-287-0018/


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