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For Immediate Release 

Susan Barich
Director of Business Development
Silicon Valley World Internet Center



Leading technologists meet on neutral ground to map out the next hot voice-driven enterprise applications.


October 2, 2000, Palo Alto, Calif. -- A panel of experts will discuss the deployment of voice and speech-recognition technologies and applications for consumers and enterprises at a panel discussion at the Silicon Valley World Internet Center on October 18, 2000, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

In the next few years, it is expected that most people accessing the Internet (particularly globally) will not do so using a standard PC, but through wireless phones and PDAs (personal digital assistants). Since these new Internet devices aren't conducive to extended typing, many believe that voice technologies will have to be deployed.

"Today, devices are getting smaller and smaller, but as my boss is fond of saying, 'our fingers aren't,' says Sunil Soares, Program Director, Product Management, IBM Voice Systems. "So, voice is the most natural way to go for companies that want to deliver simple and faster access to information from anywhere at anytime using any device -- no matter what the size."

Additionally, voice and speech-recognition technologies are being aligned for large-scale systems deployment across enterprises. The latest Think Tank Session at the Center focused on how these technologies could be applied and utilized for cross-enterprise applications.

This Interactive Panel Discussion is a follow-up program to the Think Tank Session on voice-driven enterprise applications that took place at the Center on September 13, 2000. A distinguished panel of experts from the Think Tank Session will be discussing the deployment of voice and speech-recognition technologies and applications for the next 12-18 month markets.

The panel is open to the public, attendance is limited to 60, and registration is recommended. A ten dollar fee is payable by check or cash the day of the program. There is no fee for Center Sponsors.

To register, please send name, title, company, email, and telephone number to:
Sara K. Dean
Program Manager
Silicon Valley World Internet Center
Tel: 650.462.9800

For further information and directions to the Center refer to:


The Center, a dynamic think tank, showcase and collaboration facility for the advancement of eMarkets and Internet-related technologies, is currently sponsored by key companies in the Internet revolution: Amdocs, Inc., Deutsche Telekom, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard Company, IBM Corporation, Metiom, SAP, and Sun Microsystems.