Sierra Wireless announced today the addition of a long list of application software to the new Voq Professional Phone. Due for commercial availability in the second quarter of 2004, the Voq phone will include value-added software applications provided by ART Advanced Recognition Technologies, Inc., Jataayu Software, Tao Group, and Zi Corporation. This combination will provide mobile professionals with enhanced phone and email capabilities through speech recognition software, multimedia messaging, Java enabled functionality, and predictive text entry.
The features and software unique to the Voq Professional Phone are the result of Sierra Wirelessís research into the communications needs of todayís mobile professionals. Gartner predicts enterprise use of mobile applications will nearly double in 2004. The average enterprise will have 80 percent more mobile applications in the field by 2004. The mobile phone is based on Windows Mobile smartphone, and operates on GSM/GPRS networks.
ART Advanced Recognition Technologies will provide speech enabled calling, menu navigation, and device control. The Voq Professional Phone will incorporate ARTís comprehensive suite of speech recognition features designed to deliver fast and, easy call initiation using digit dialing or voice tags. The software also provides high recognition rates in adverse environments and unique adaptation to the userís voice for enhanced performance with accents.
Jataayu Software will empower Voq users with its ability to instantly send and receive pictures, music, and text. With easy-to-use and efficient multimedia messaging capabilities, Voq users can quickly send images, animated graphics and other important information through an intuitive user interface.
Voq has partnered with Tao Group, the creators of intent, a multimedia platform now used by many of the worldís leading OEMs in client products for home and mobile networks including Sony, JVC, Philips, and MyOrigo. Components of intent will provide Voq users with a multi media platform that supports Java and audio capabilities. Tao Groupís MIDP 2.0 and CLDC 1.1 runtime solution provides the fastest virtual machine Java support, guaranteeing superior performance, quality, and speed. The Advanced Polyphonic Ring-tone Engine (APRE) supports MIDI, which provides the Voq Professional Phone with an industry leading 64 note polyphonic tone capability.
The Voq phone will also include software from Zi Corporation. Voq will incorporate eZiTap a 12-key predictive text software. Zi Corporationís intuitive text input solutions significantly increase the ease, speed, and accuracy of text input when using the Voq phone with one hand. Combined with the productís unique flip-open QWERTY thumbpad, end users can benefit from quick and easy text entry.