October 2, 1995
NYNEX CONTACT: Media Relations,
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
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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