Tandem Announces Joint Marketing Arrangement with NYNEX for VoiceDialing Service Application; North American RBOCs

October 2, 1995

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Tandem Announces Joint Marketing Arrangement with

NYNEX for VoiceDialing Service Application; North American RBOCs

GENEVA, NY -- Tandem Computers Incorporated

today announced that it has entered into a collaborative marketing

arrangement with NYNEX for a voice-activated telephony


VoiceDialing, based on NYNEX's Voice Activated Telephone

Control (VATC) architecture and running on Tandem's UNIX based

line of fault tolerant Integrity servers, is available immediately.

NYNEX Science and Technology, the research and development

arm of NYNEX, is initially targeting the other Regional

Bell Operating Companies and major Local Exchange Carriers

markets with its VATC service. Future plans call for penetration

into the international wireline and wireless markets. NYNEX's

voice-activated dialing solution has been deployed by Southwestern

Bell Telephone and US West.

NYNEX's VATC solution consists of front-end media servers,

the Pulse Code Modulation Recognizer (PCMR), and a back-end server

based on Tandem's Integrity FT server platform. The PCMR units

are responsible for network interface and speech recognition functions.

The Integrity server -- a system built for UNIX system applications

that require the highest levels of availability and robustness

-- holds all subscriber data, including voice patterns.

The VATC solution is based on a user's telephone line. Using

specialized switch software, the line is set at the telephone

company's central office to detect either tone or speech. When

speech is detected, the voice dialing service is activated and

subscribers can simply say a name or phrase and have their call

completed by the network. The system allows for separate profiles

for each household member.

"While the market for voice dialing is relatively new,

speech recognition applications and services have been growing

at an accelerated rate over the last several years as the technological

infrastructure has advanced to accommodate the services,"

said Don Fowler, Tandem's senior vice president and general manager,

Solution Products Group.

Fowler continued, "At the very highest level, Tandem's

fundamentals of fault tolerance, data integrity, and scalability

match well to the needs of NYNEX's customers. And with

the roll out of new and enhanced UNIX system servers based on

Tandem's ServerNet architecture, we anticipate the VATC solution

will be even more powerful and scalable."

"The deployment of this service will provide added convenience

for consumers and a competitive business and technology weapon

for the telephone companies," said Ed Thomas, Executive Vice

President of NYNEX Science & Technology. "The

expandability of Tandem systems and the company's fault-tolerant

approach to UNIX servers helps us respond to voice-market demands

and growth."

Tandem Computers Incorporated (NYSE:TDM) is the leader in continuously

available, open, parallel processing, reliable client/server solutions

and enterprise networks. The company manufactures, markets, and

provides services and systems ranging from the desktop to the

data center, as well as software to deliver complete customer

solutions. Tandem, founded in 1974 and headquartered in Cupertino,

California, has offices worldwide.

NYNEX is a global communications and media company that provides
a full range of services in the northeastern United States and
high-growth markets around the world, including the United Kingdom,
Thailand, Gibraltar, Greece, Indonesia, the Philippines, Poland,
Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

The Corporation is a leader in the telecommunications, wireless communications,
cable television, directory publishing
and entertainment and information services.

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