IBM has licensed its voice enabled directory dialer for mobile phones to Nokia as part of its bid to kick start the use of speech technology in small communication devices.
Nokia will include Big Blue's Via Voice Directory Dialer in its forthcoming speech enabled mobile phones that enable users to access information such as email addresses and telephone numbers via automated response systems.
But the deal is only the latest effort by IBM to try and ensure its speech recognition technology penetrates the mobile phone industry.
Last month IBM, Motorola, Lucent and AT&T released the first draft specification of the Voice XML standard to enable devices such as mobile phones, TV set top boxes and car systems to use speech technology.
It is due to be handed over to the World Wide Web (W3C) Consortium for ratification in the first quarter of next year and supporting devices are expected to appear within 18 months.
WS Osborne, general manager of IBM's speech and pen systems unit, claimed that products conforming to the standard would enable users to 'speak' to their diaries, schedule appointments using their mobile phones, or 'ask' their cars to increase the radio volume or turn on the air conditioning.
"IBM is making it easier for the increasing number of mobile users to gain access to information anytime from anywhere. Our goal is to accelerate the growth of speech recognition beyond the PC and make it easy to use on any mobile device," he claimed.
But he admitted that players in the speech recognition market would face a number of challenges before such technology became widespread. These include increasing the battery power of mobile devices, putting speech recognition capabilities into mobile phone handsets, and winning acceptance for the VoiceXML standard.
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