Rubidium Joins Jabra’s JOURNEY Bluetooth® Car Kit with Speech Recognition

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After a Successful Year of Releasing 5 Products with Rubidium’s Industry-Leading Speech Processing Technology Inside, GN Netcom Closes the Year With its Latest Release: the Jabra JOURNEY Car Kit Featuring Bluetooth Technology and Rubidium’s Hands-free Voice Recognition and Text-to-Speech Technology.

Rubidium Ltd., a global supplier of Embedded Speech Processing technologies, announced today that Jabra JOURNEY, the latest product from its long-standing partner, GN Netcom, has been released to the market, integrating a voice user interface (VUI) from ‎Rubidium. The Jabra JOURNEY is a hi-end device, featuring HD-voice quality, industry-leading noise cancellation technology and auto on/off functionality with a built in motion sensor. Jabra JOURNEY marks the 5th and last Jabra product to be released in 2011 with the Rubidium technology suite inside.

“With the release of the Jabra JOURNEY, we mark a very productive year of collaboration with GN Netcom,” said Shlomo Peller, CEO of Rubidium Ltd. “The Jabra line of products keeps getting sleeker and more user friendly. Rubidium is proud to provide the latest multilingual speech processing technologies for the Jabra JOURNEY’s voice user interface. We are ensuring the user a more enjoyable and safer handsfree experience by serving as GN Netcom's exclusive provider of speech interface technology.”

The Jabra JOURNEY is the final release of 2011 in a line of products from Jabra featuring Rubidium's Speech Recognition and Text-to-Speech technology, including the award winning Jabra FREEWAY, Jabra STONE2, Jabra SUPREME and the Jabra EXTREME2. Rubidium enables the Jabra JOURNEY, through voice control, to accept or decline a call. Rubidium’s voice guidance speaks pairing instructions, battery and connection status as well as on-the-fly operating assistance. Users can answer incoming calls just by using their voice, making it safer and easier to enjoy hands-free conversations while driving. It automatically connects with the phone, downloads the phonebook and announces the callers' names using Rubidium's text-to-speech (TTS) technology, in multiple languages.

"We are pleased to give our end users a safe and user-friendly hands-free experience with the Jabra line of products," said Leo Larsen, CTO at GN Netcom. "Rubidium has been a reliable partner, delivering cutting-edge voice recognition and text-to-speech technology to GN in recent years. As the global No. 1 provider of hands-free communication solutions, we look forward to continuing our tradition of telecommunications excellence. Rubidium and Jabra combine the best of technology and design to give our users innovative tools with excellent sound quality, great comfort and convenience.”

Rubidium has been a recognized innovator in embedded speech processing technology for domestic appliances and consumer applications since 1995, with a global install base exceeding 25 million products. Rubidium's multilingual speech processing solutions, from low-cost chips and modules to embedded software, include compelling voice solutions such as Text-to-Speech (TTS), Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR), speech compression and recording (e.g. answering machines, speech storage and playback) as well as biometric speaker verification. Rubidium offers a wide range of voice processing chips and solutions for diverse vertical markets including telephones, Bluetooth accessories, automotive, smart toys, voice assist devices and consumer appliances.

The next time you are on the road, make it more than just a drive. With Jabra and Rubidium’s voice user interface, make it a JOURNEY!

About Rubidium Ltd.
Founded in 1995, Rubidium is a recognized innovator specializing in embedded speech processing technologies for mass market applications.. Its offering spans speech recognition, speech storage and compression, text-to-speech, noise suppression and biometric speaker identification /verification technologies. Rubidium markets its products directly to OEM/ODMs and manufacturers of consumer appliances and devices. Visit http://www.rubidium.com or follow us on Twitter @RubidiumLTD or YouTube for more information.

About GN Netcom
Through its Jabra brand, GN Netcom is a world leader in innovative headset solutions. With around 825 employees and sales offices around the world, GN Netcom develops and markets a broad range of wireless headsets and in-car speakerphones for mobile users and both wireless and corded headsets for contact center and office-based users. GN Netcom is a subsidiary of GN Store Nord A/S. Visit http://www.jabra.com for more details.

© GN Netcom A/S. All rights reserved. Jabra © is a registered trademark of GN Netcom A/S. All other trademarks included herein are the property of their respective owners.

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