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Text to Speech Peripheral Advances Hospital Announcement and Medical Dispatch Systems

TextSpeak ships human sounding speech synthesis appliance for hospital paging, emergency notification and multi-lingual patient communication

TextSpeak™ has released the TTS-EM-HD2, a small yet all-inclusive voice synthesis paging and announcement product.

Targeted to deploy with unified hospital communications, the stand-alone device requires only text information to produce spoken audio. The conversion of the text data to a clear, natural sounding voice is completely automatic. TextSpeak’s real-time audio announcements support over 20 languages.

Medical call center dispatch may now convert SMS, beeper, text display and computer information to a clear and understandable voice delivered directly to doctors, nurses and EMS staff. Dynamic and real-time dispatch center information, alerts and security warnings can be spoken from computer message queues, streaming data or directly from typed text.

The TTS-EM products improve hospital and nursing facility efficiency when interfaced directly to audio paging systems. Mass notification and emergency messages can be sent from a remote command center and spoken virtually anywhere, improving safety. Digital signage information can be automatically upgraded to speak messaging with audio announcements. In addition, patients with disabilities, both blind or with limited sight can be accommodated with audio announcements.

The TextSpeak integrated audio amplifiers deliver the synthesized sound to paging systems, radio and video channels, or directly to a single speaker.
The TTS-EM scales to meet the most demanding specifications.
• Existing sources of data, such as computer generated SMS, beeper and digital signage data can be spoken directly to doctors and staff over speakers, phones or via personal radio receivers.
• Informational alerts can be pre-programmed and launched remotely by automated systems saving time and insuring information is scheduled correctly and accurate.
• Emergency vehicles can offer dynamic announcement information transmitted by radio, from stored data, or updated locally from a keyboard.
• Multi-lingual announcements can be easily generated, with precise accents, to speak directly to international visitors and patients.
• General audio messaging can be queued for sequential delivery. Real time text can be supplemented with pre-recorded messages or tones.
• Deployment is suited for hospitals, nursing facilities, parking systems, vehicles and public areas.

“The speech quality we digitally synthesize is nearly indistinguishable from a spoken human voice,” said Nancy Wolfe, president of TextSpeak. “We have removed the requirement of a PC interface and created a flexible deployment model with a suite of world languages. This will help medical services converge visual data with speech. Audio messaging improves eyes-on-patient care, supports unified communications at a low cost that is designed to integrate with EXISTING hospital software and audio systems.”

TextSpeak speech systems are currently deployed in hospitals, transportation facilities and municipal areas worldwide. TTS-EM-HD2 versions are available in as board level products and in mountable enclosures and are priced at $300 in quantities. Single unit evaluation packages are available online.

TTS-EM-HD2 World Languages include: Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Korean, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Turkish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish, among others.

TextSpeak designs and produces human sounding embedded text to speech (TTS) voice solutions for medical, transportation, banking, industrial systems and security. Automatic voice announcements support unified messaging for hospitals and provide real-time notification without sacrificing eyes-on-patient activities for healthcare providers. TextSpeak also manufactures low cost Talking Keyboards that give a voice to people who have trouble speaking, either permanently or in post operation. For more information, visit www.textspeak.com

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