IBM Releases First Java Speech API Implementation

Developers Can Build Platform Independent Speech Applications for Enterprise Environments With Tools for Java Speech API 1.0

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NEW YORK, NY - 26 Oct 1998: - Building on its success as a leading worldwide developer of speech technologies, IBM announced support for the Java Speech API with the immediate availability of the first implementation of the 1.0 specification. Additionally, IBM intends to ship a toolkit for the Java Speech API 1.0 in Q1'99. With IBM's implementation of the 1.0 specification and tools, developers can take advantage of the inherent strengths of the Java technology - platform independence - saving time and resources developing speech applications for multiple platforms.

"Availability of the Java Speech API, announced today by Sun, is a major milestone in our industry effort to make speech recognition a pervasive technology for desktop, mobile and enterprise solutions," said W.S. "Ozzie" Osborne, general manager of IBM Speech Systems Business Unit. "By pairing IBM's award-winning ViaVoice speech recognition technology with the leading platform-independent solution, Java Speech API, our partners will have a rich environment for developing speech-enabled applications."

"IBM's Java Speech implementation will provide developers with the enhanced functionality they need to incorporate speech into their applications for the Java platform," said Jon Kannegaard, vice president and general manager of the Java platform at Sun Microsystems, Inc. "Today's announcement underscores our commitment to work with leading vendors of speech technology like IBM to ensure that the Java platform provides the premier environment for the development and deployment of advanced speech technologies."

IBM has been working closely with Sun Microsystems to define and develop this industry-standard API to extend the capabilities of the Java platform. IBM Speech for Java 1.0 offers access to the voice command recognition, dictation and text-to-speech functionality in IBM's ViaVoice technology, allowing developers to integrate speech capabilities into Java applications. Developers will be able to enhance existing user interfaces and create new speech-enabled applications for industries including telecommunications, transportation, mobile, broadcast, finance and medical.

"In order to get pervasive use from industrial-strength applications, Inroad's customers need speech enhanced computing on the desktop and in Inroad's Wearable Thin Client(tm) devices," said Gregg Brown, president and CEO of Inroad. "IBM's Java Speech API implementation let's Inroad use world class ViaVoice technology on all of these platforms."

Availability and Platform Support

IBM's implementation of the Java Speech API 1.0 is currently available for free download from the IBM alphaWorks Web site at This implementation runs on Windows 95 and NT. IBM will ship a Java edition of its speech toolkits in Q1 ྟ. In order to use IBM's speech tools developers must have a copy of IBM ViaVoice.

Additional information on the Java Speech API is available at

IBM Preferred Partner for Developers

With reference platforms and tools for Windows, Java and Active X, IBM offers the most comprehensive toolkit family of all the speech vendors. The company has consistently been first to market with tools providing developers with the lead time they require to build applications for new platforms. Since 1997, IBM has offered tools and services to help its partners incorporate speech recognition into enterprise devices. Today, the company extensive offering includes ViaVoice SDK for Windows, ViaVoice Topic Factory and IBM Speech for Java. Manycompanies are announcing applications that have benefitted from early access to a stable, high recognition accuracy and performance development environment provided by IBM. For more information on IBM's developer tools and services visit the IBM Speech developers' corner.

IBM Speech Systems

IBM set the industry standard for speech recognition software when it launched the VoiceType family of products and expanded this standard in 1997 with the introduction of the ViaVoice family of products. The company has more than 25 years of research in the field and has been awarded a number of patents in the area of speech and audio technologies. IBM has speech recognition specialists worldwide, dedicated to the development, support, marketing, and sale of its speech solutions in many languages. For more information about IBM Speech Systems, visit the World Wide Web at

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