Psion Teklogix teams up with Vocollect to provide voice recognition to WORKABOUT PRO VIP product line

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Psion Teklogix, a global provider of solutions for mobile computing, wireless data collection, imaging and RFID, and Vocollect, Inc., the world leader in voice-directed work, today introduced the WORKABOUT PRO Speech.

The WORKABOUT PRO Speech is a multi-functional, RoHS-compliant mobile device that delivers Vocollect Voice recognition performance on a flexible data collection hand-held computer in a single unit, creating a unique and complete platform for supply chain and logistics customers.

The WORKABOUT PRO Speech is the latest product released under the new VIP (Voice Integrated Platform) brand.  VIP is the brand category for Psion Teklogix devices integrating voice technologies such as Speech-Recognition, VoIP, Push-to-Talk and Cellular Voice.

Utilising the co-developed Integrated Speech Module (ISM) hardware and adding Vocollects patented connector for its SR Series headset, the WORKABOUT PRO Speech handheld computer delivers a standard of voice recognition performance and reliability that is unique to the handheld industrial computing market. 

The WORKABOUT PRO Speech is fully compatible with the Psion Teklogix software suite, an end-to-end, speech-directed work solution bundled for rugged environments such as warehouses, distribution centres and the supply chain and logistics environment.  TekSpeech interfaces with customer host applications to deliver increased productivity. 

Vocollects mission is to expand voice-directed work across an increasing variety of applications and market segments. This unique collaboration between two leaders in the mobile computing industry brings together two platforms to deliver the value of voice to workers, helping companies reduce errors and improve productivity, said Tim Eusterman, vice president of marketing and business development, Vocollect, Inc.  We look forward to leveraging Psion Teklogix strong reputation in the global supply chain and logistics market to meet wide-ranging customer needs across the globe.

The two companies collaborated closely to maximize the overall voice performance of the WORKABOUT PRO Speech. The ISM audio circuit has been optimised to run Vocollect Voice at a performance standard virtually equivalent to that of Vocollects Talkman wearable computers and has a built-in connection for the industrial grade breakaway connectors of Vocollects SR Series headsets.  The WORKABOUT PRO Speech utilises a modular hardware accessory kit designed by Vocollect specifically for Psion Teklogix.  It consists of two main components: a Headset Connector End-cap, and the ISM, which was created using Psion Teklogix WORKABOUT PRO Hardware Development Kit. This interfaces directly with the main logic board of the terminal. 

We are seeing increasing demand from our customers for mobile computing devices that provide the capability to perform multiple tasks without sacrificing performance or durability. Providing our customers with speech capabilities in the WORKABOUT PRO supports this demand and aligns with one of our key 2006 corporate strategies: to provide multi-modal communication capabilities within our line of mobile computing products, said Duncan Smillie, Managing Director at Psion Teklogix Inc. The WORKABOUT PRO Speech enables customers to leverage voice technology within a hand-held mobile computer along with other data collection technologies such as RFID, imaging and scanning.

The WORKABOUT PRO Speech is available today to customers through Psion Teklogix' global sales offices.

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