Purple Communications™ and Tely Labs Introduce a New Era of Video Telephone Technology for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Individuals

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Purple and Tely Labs partnership transforms outdated videophone technology

Today at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual conference, Purple Communications, Inc., the leading provider of innovative communications for people who are deaf or hard of hearing and Tely Labs, maker of the award-winning telyHD™ video calling appliance, announced a partnership that provides new communication innovations to deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals.

Co-developed with Tely Labs and based on its telyHD platform, Purple has created a customized videophone with features and benefits that will change the way deaf and hard-of-hearing people make and receive calls.

“We’re very pleased to build our breakthrough videophone using Tely Labs’s award-winning video platform,” said Purple CEO John Ferron. “The innovations we’re about to introduce to the deaf community will rapidly replace outdated videophone technology currently in use throughout our industry.”

Purple and Tely Labs chose HIMSS as the venue to announce their partnership to demonstrate the power of videophone technology in the home and its unlimited potential in breaking down communication barriers while providing equal communications access for deaf and hard-of-hearing consumers. This is especially important in healthcare where communication can sometimes be a life or death situation.

“Purple’s vision for what’s possible with our platform far exceeds anything available in video relay services today,” said Sreekanth Ravi, co-founder and CEO of Tely Labs. “We are thrilled to partner with Purple and be a part of this new and exciting era of video services for people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.”

Tely Labs will be demonstrating its telyHD platform and discussing potential applications in the healthcare industry at the HIMSS conference in Booth #8330. Representatives from Purple Communications will also be available to discuss questions related to video relay service and how other applications can enhance the value of the platform for deaf consumers.

About Purple Communications
Purple Communications provides a high-quality video relay service (VRS) available from multiple platforms – desktop, laptop and smartphone. VRS allows individuals who use sign language to communicate via video conference and a video interpreter (VI). The VI voices/relays the signed conversation in real-time to both deaf and hearing individuals.
Their portfolio of solutions spans across telephone captioning services, text relay services, on-site interpreting services and video relay interpreting delivering a wide array of options to meet the varied communication needs of businesses and customers and collectively make communicating with both the deaf world and the hearing world accessible to all. For more information, visit: http://www.purple.us.

About Tely Labs
Founded in 2010 by the successful entrepreneurial team of Sreekanth Ravi (President and CEO) and Sudhakar Ravi (CTO), Tely Labs is a pioneer in developing simple, affordable next-generation consumer and business video communication and collaboration systems that fundamentally change the way people around the globe keep in touch. The company's flagship product, telyHD, is built on the Android operating system and delivers full HD video calling to living rooms conference rooms and healthcare facilities. Tely Labs is based in Menlo Park, California. For more information on Tely Labs, visit http://www.tely.com.

About Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS)
Created by the Americans with Disabilities Act, Telecommunication Relay Service (TRS) is a telephone service that allows persons with hearing or speech disabilities to place and receive telephone calls. There are a variety of types of relay service including video (VRS), text and captioning services. TRS is available in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. territories for local and/or long distance calls at no additional cost to the consumer. The Telecommunications Relay Services program is regulated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and providers of such services are compensated for the costs of providing TRS from either a state or a federal fund. For more information related to TRS, visit http://www.fcc.gov/guides/telecommunications-relay-service-trs.

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