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PHILIPS ADDS 3 LANGUAGES TO SPEECH RECOGNITION PRODUCTS.

Philips Speech Processing has added Danish, Finnish and Australian English language support for SpeechPearl and SpeechMania, the newly enhanced speech recognition and natural language recognition software for Telecom services and business applications such as speech portals, directory assistance, name dialing and customer service automation.

"The development of these three language versions underlines Philips' commitment to make speech recognition available to users around the globe," says Cesar Vohringer, president and CEO of Philips Speech Processing. "The Nordic countries are among the most dynamic telecom markets in Europe, where speech recognition based applications are key in delivering enhanced information services, especially to mobile telephone subscribers."

"The telecom market in Australia is moving rapidly, and because of that Philips has focused its efforts on developing local language support and attracting indigenous technology partners through its Partner Program," said Peter Foster, executive vice president for Philips Speech Processing, Telephony.

Danish, Finnish and Australian English are the latest additions to Philips' growing portfolio of languages. Philips also offers its SpeechPearl and SpeechMania natural language recognition software in U.S. English, U.S. Spanish, UK English, Dutch, German, Swiss German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, Japanese, Mandarin, Norwegian and Swedish. For its DSP-based SpeechWave speech recognition products, Philips offers more than 40 languages and dialects for continuous digit, discreet recognition and speaker verification. Philips has the largest language offering of any speech recognition provider.

About Philips Speech Processing

Philips Speech Processing, a business unit of Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG), is a provider of speech recognition, natural dialogue and language understanding technologies. As a developer and provider of speech technologies in multiple languages, Philips has the largest installed base of speech recognition and natural language understanding systems in Europe, and is a large and growing provider of speech technology in North America. Philips' speech technology products for telephony applications include: the host-based SpeechPearl speech recognition engine, the SpeechMania natural dialog platform, the DSP-based SpeechWave speech recognition for embedded systems, and the Voice ReQuest auto attendant application. Philips' speech technology is used for a large variety of telephony applications, such as directory assistance, speech portals, voice- activated dialing, customer care, unified messaging, banking, travel, entertainment guides and auto attendants.

About Philips

Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG) of the Netherlands is one of the world's biggest electronics companies and Europe's largest, with sales of $33.5 billion (EUR 31.5 billion) in 1999. It is a provider of color television sets, lighting, electric shavers, color picture tubes for televisions and monitors and one-chip TV products. Its 226,900 employees in more than 60 countries are active in the areas of lighting, consumer electronics, domestic appliances, components, semiconductors, medical systems, and IT services (Origin). Philips is quoted on the NYSE (symbol: PHG), London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and other stock exchanges.

Philips is located on the World Wide Web at www.news.philips.com. For more information, call 770/280-8080.
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