Newfound Communications Launches Nuance Voice Platform Starter Kit Featuring the Paraxip Media Gateway

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Opens new channel to offer VoiceXML speech systems to developers and SME market.

Newfound Communications, a leading speech solution provider, announces the general availability of the Nuance Voice PlatformTM (NVP) Starter Kit in conjunction with Nuance Communications (NASDAQ: NUAN) and Paraxip Technologies. The NVP Starter Kit is a new offering that addresses the growing demand for VoiceXML solutions and the Nuance Voice Platform™.

With pricing starting at $14,998 for a complete speech solution, the NVP Starter Kit provides a more affordable package for both the developers and the small/medium-size enterprise (SME) with the power and performance of the Nuance Voice Platform.

"Newfound Communications is excited to deliver this offering to our fellow developers and the SME market. Now, applications with requirements for smaller port densities and analog telephony can capitalize on proven speech technology from Nuance and Paraxip Technologies," said Kris Hopkins, CEO of Newfound Communications.

Provided and supported by Newfound Communications, the NVP Starter Kit leverages the World Wide Web Consortium's VoiceXML 2.0 standard. The NVP Starter Kit is preconfigured with Nuance Voice Platform™ 3.0, the award-winning Nuance Application Environment, the software-based Paraxip Gateway, a rack mount speech server from Alliance Systems and analog telephony hardware from Intel. The NVP Starter Kit also includes the market-leading speech recognition engine, Nuance 8.5; and Nuance Vocalizer 3.0 human-sounding text-to-speech software.

Newfound's offering makes NVP an affordable option for companies wishing to test and deploy as few as 4 ports. Applications such as auto-attendants, flight information, account balance look up and voice activated dialing have helped major enterprise and telecommunication carriers to reduce costs, increase customer satisfaction and create new revenue streams. Now those same benefits can reach the growing SME marketplace with the NVP Starter Kit.

"The NVP Starter Kit combines best-of-breed technologies to bring a complete speech solution to the SME marketplace," said Chuck Berger, president and CEO, Nuance. "We are pleased to be partnering with leading companies like Newfound Communications and Paraxip Technologies in making this offering available."

This complete speech solution is readily available in 4- and 12-port configurations, supports both analog and VoIP telephony as well as enhanced applications like outbound calling. In the future, Newfound will be providing pre-packaged applications across multiple industries to further advance the NVP Starter Kit offering.

About Newfound Communications, Inc.

Newfound Communications, Inc. offers technology, tools, and professional services to fuel the speech recognition revolution. By working with Newfound, companies and developers bypass the largest impediment to creating speech-driven applications - the proper utilization of large complex grammars. For Newfound's customers, the combination of available grammar management software, technology and expertise provides unparalleled value; speeding voice application development, cutting development costs, improving applications and increasing customer satisfaction. For additional information regarding Newfound Communications visit their web site at

About Paraxip Technologies

Paraxip Technologies offers software products enabling a seamless transition from traditional telephony to IP telephony. Paraxip's products are designed from the ground up to offer Voice-over-IP (VoIP) applications with un-paralleled transparency to the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN), enabling seamless operations even in hybrid environments, where traditional and IP telephony equipment and applications are mixed.

Working with world-class industry partners, Paraxip brings to market innovative connectivity solutions in a flexible, building block approach. Paraxip's products are optimized for speech and Interactive Voice Response applications the following markets: Call centers, Interactive Voice Response (IVR) and speech applications, as well as Telco enhanced services. For more information about Paraxip and its products, please visit

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