Rubidium Releases Dutch ASR and TTS Package

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Dutch expands Rubidium’s European Language Pack for Bluetooth Hands-free Products and other Mobile Devices.

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Using our unique language-independent development methodology we can create new language packs within a very short time, allowing our customers to capitalize on their opportunities as quickly as possible.

Rubidium Ltd., a global supplier of embedded speech processing technologies, announced today that it has released its integrated Voice User Interface (VUI) engine for the Dutch language, encapsulating Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR), hands-free Voice Trigger, Text-to-Speech (TTS) and playback of Compressed Speech Prompts (CSP).

Dutch is the native language of approximately 23 million people, consisting of most of the population of the Netherlands and Belgium. When a Rubidium client needed the Dutch language pack with a quick turnaround time, Rubidium's language and vocabulary development team went to the Dutch capital of Amsterdam. There, they collected the voices that would be used to train its ASR engine and create the TTS sounds which provide the warm and natural sounding Rubidium voices - as opposed to robotic synthesized speech frequently heard in other embedded VUI products.

“Very often our clients call us with an urgent opportunity. This could be due to a seasonal demand, a unique business opportunity or a disruptive market development, the latter being for example texting-while-driving legislation,” states Shlomo Peller, CEO and Founder of Rubidium Ltd. "Using our unique language-independent development methodology we can create new language packs within a very short time, allowing our customers to capitalize on their opportunities as quickly as possible."

Rubidium's Dutch language release is available now as part of Rubidium’s European language pack.

Rubidium has been a recognized innovator in embedded speech processing technology for domestic appliances and mobile consumer applications since 1995, with a global install base exceeding 40 million products. Rubidium's multilingual voice user interface solutions, from low-cost chips and modules to embedded software, include compelling solutions such as TTS, ASR, hands-free micro-power Voice Trigger, speech compression and playback (e.g. speech storage, transmission and playback) as well as biometric speaker verification.

"We plan to continue releasing more languages," says Peller. "We welcome every challenge for any language, application or feature set. Be it a smartphone, a Bluetooth® headset or car-kit, a TV, a tablet computer or any other consumer device, we offer a swift development cycle for any set of languages and any functionality."

About Rubidium Ltd.

Rubidium’s speech technology offering covers the entire scope of a voice dialogue system: input, output and interaction. Rubidium is continuously innovating industry leading speech processing solutions for embedded applications, such as TTS, ASR, Speech Compression and Biometric Speaker Verification. Rubidium helps OEMs & ODMs provide customers with a hands-free, highly productive user experience. Rubidium's low cost, small footprint, multi-lingual speech processing solutions enable consumer product developers to get their products to market as fast as possible. Visit @RubidiumLtd on Twitter and YouTube and also at http://www.rubidium.com.

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