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Issue #2003 - 07 (February 2003)
(Updated Feb. 27, 2003)

APPLICATION SOLUTIONS & APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT

Kirusa, SandCherry & Telisma Join Forces to Showcase Next-Generation Speech Solutions at 3GSM

3GSM World Congress, Cannes, France, February 17, 2003 - Partners Kirusa, SandCherry and Telisma have joined forces at the 3GSM World Congress to display an end-to-end carrier-grade solution - which combines the strengths of SandCherry's multi-service deployment platform, Kirusa's multimodal platform and Telisma's automatic speech recognition software - for advanced speech- and multimodality-enabled services. This integrated software solution will at last provide carriers and enterprises plausible means to affordably mass deploy a multiplicity of enhanced applications and services, allowing them to take advantage of previously unavailable sources of revenue.

The 3GSM World Congress will also serve as an outlet to underscore company developments: Kirusa is entering a VAR agreement with DS Group, a major Italian systems integrator; SandCherry is highlighting upgrades to its flagship SoftServer platform; and Telisma presents its MRCP-compliant speech platform as well as the opening of a sales office in Germany to address the most important mobile market in Europe. These developments point towards the true arrival of enhanced services using multimodality, which are making inroads with carriers worldwide.

"Multimodality and speech significantly extend the reach, usability, and possibility of advanced applications for entertainment, information, commerce, interactive messaging, customer service, workforce management, and more - these services are no longer just pipe dreams of the future," noted Dale Hartzell, SandCherry marketing vice president. "SandCherry, Kirusa and Telisma are putting the tools in place for carriers to deploy these enhanced services on a mass basis and finally bring them to the greater marketplace using today's networks."

Utilizing the World Cup 2002 tournament as an example, a demonstration at booth #D4, Hall 2 will showcase how advanced multimodal applications and services can be tapped to re-live great sports moments using a natural interface with a wireless device. For a taste of speech technology's capabilities, visitors to the booth can ask a wireless device - through simple voice commands or clicks - to display one of the numerous goals from 2002's World Cup tournament.

About Kirusa
Kirusa, Inc. is a multimodal infrastructure company that has developed industry leading multimodal technology (with several patents pending) for the delivery of data applications using multimodal interfaces. This next generation of wireless technology allows users to customize the presentation of information on wireless devices by either alternating, or simultaneously receiving data through visual and voice interfaces. Kirusa's customers include the worlds' leading telecom carriers, such as France Telecom and Bouygues Telecom. Kirusa is funded by France Telecom Innovacom, Deutsche Bank, Silicon Alley Seed Investors, and several angel investors. The company is headquartered in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey.

About SandCherry 
SandCherry, Inc. develops software platforms that are critical for affordable mass deployment of touch-tone, speech-enabled, multimodal and multimedia enhanced services by upgrading existing Web and telecom software technology with superior media management and control software. As a result, SandCherry's products empower service providers and enterprises to unleash the combined value of speech recognition software, application servers, and media servers to deliver these enhanced services that can increase carrier revenues or reduce enterprise costs. Headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, the company was founded by telecom and software industry veterans from companies including AT&T, IBM, Lockheed Martin, Telcordia Technologies and Alcatel. 

About Telisma
Created in August 2000, Telisma designs, develops and sells speech recognition software products for use in telecommunications and enterprise applications. Telisma has developed innovative speech recognition technologies with the benefit of over 15 years of research by France Telecom R&D. Telisma offers high precision speech recognition optimized for large-scale deployments at reasonable costs, extending the speech capabilities of its partnerships to a world-class level. With its superior recognition accuracy in mobility situations and its Distributed Speech Recognition (DSR) architecture, Telisma is a multimodal-ready speech recognition vendor.

Telisma is a private limited company backed by major European investors: 3i, AGF Private Equity, Innovacom and Ventech. Telisma's offices are located in Paris, Lannion and Rennes (France), Milan (Italy), Madrid (Spain) and Munich (Germany)

For more information: http://www.kirusa.com, http://www.sandcherry.com and http://www.telisma.com

MobileInfo Comments and Advisory: This will allow carriers to introduce speech-enabled services in future. 

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