Lernout & Hauspie and Cellport Bring Voice Recognition Technology to Hands-Free Communications System for the Automobile

    Lernout & Hauspie (NASDAQ:LHSP; EASDAQ: LHSP) (L&H(TM)), world-wide leader in speech and linguistic technologies, products and services, and Cellport Systems today announced they are demonstrating a new hands free system for the automobile which employs voice activated dialing. Cellport developed the system in just 6 Months with support from engineers in L&H's Burlington-based Customer Center, which, along with an Ieper Belgium center, opened in October 1999 and was followed in January by a center in Singapore. The short lead-time from the project's start to product availability, underscores the importance of L&H Customer Center expertise and support in assisting customers to quickly bring products to market. Cellports' speech recognition-equipped hands-free system has been installed in a BMW X5 and will be demonstrated throughout the CTIA trade show at Cellport's booth (booth #2168) in the Wireless Data Village.

    Cellport is using the Lucent Digital Signal Processor (DSP) processor equipped with L&H's Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) technology to give users hands free phone use. The voice activated dialing capability, enabled by L&H technology, is safer, more convenient and more intuitive for drivers.

    "Products such as Cellport's hands free system are key to expanding the widespread acceptance of speech and language technologies," stated Gerald Calabrese, senior vice president of worldwide sales for L&H. "The speed with which L&H's speech technology was integrated into Cellport's product demonstrates L&H's commitment to supporting its customer's development efforts as well as its dedication to bringing the benefits of speech to the mainstream user. L&H is further supporting our customers with 4 additional customer center openings around the world in the first half of this year."

    "Lernout & Hauspie's industry-leading multilingual voice recognition engine gives Cellport 'Best of Breed' speech technology with global reach," said Doug Daniels, vice president of marketing and business development for Cellport Systems. "Being able to quickly integrate L&H's voice recognition technology into our universal hands-free system, Cellport will be able to rapidly add multiple languages to meet the growing need for hands-free mobile phone systems worldwide.

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