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Agilysys voice-enables wide range of retail solutions
Jan '09
Agilysys, Inc., a leading provider of innovative IT solutions and Vangard Voice Systems, Inc. (Vangard), the innovative provider of the AccuSpeech Mobile Voice Platform for voice powering mobile enterprise applications, announced today a partnering agreement to voice-enable a wide selection of Agilysys' market-leading retail solutions.

Vangard's Mobile Voice Platform (MVP) is now used to voice-enable applications offered in the NextVision by Agilysys Web-based mobile and wireless retail software suite. Customers utilizing NextVision can now further optimize retail operations by selecting optional voice-powered capabilities for data entry, application function commands and navigation capabilities.

Agilysys chose to partner with Vangard's Mobile Voice Platform due to its capabilities to quickly and non-invasively add sophisticated voice capabilities to the company's Web-based retail applications. NextVision mobile and wireless solutions can now deliver complete device-resident voice capabilities on a wide variety of mobile devices.

“Our partnership with Vangard Voice Systems reflects the continuing innovation of Agilysys' retail mobility strategy,” said Paul Civils, senior vice president and general manager of Agilysys Retail Solutions Group. “Voice-enabling our NextVision mobile and wireless solutions provides our customers with new expanded levels of mobile retail productivity, customer responsiveness, operational efficiency and competitive advantage.”

“Vangard's partnership with Agilysys is a win-win proposition for NextVision customers, offering MVP's comprehensive mobile voice capabilities with Agilysys' market leading retail mobile solutions and expertise,” said Bob Bova, president and chief executive officer of Vangard Voice Systems. “Agilysys customers can benefit from the combined excellence of NextVision retail solutions and easily upgrade to new voice capabilities to achieve the next generation of retail operational excellence.”

First Voice Powered NextVision Upgrades:
The first NextVision voice-enabled applications planned for customer availability include mobile shelf price verification, inventory management and instant alert notification applications offered in the NextCollection™ and NextManager™ by Agilysys software solutions. These initial NextVision applications include sophisticated, voice-directed capabilities for data collection, application function commands and navigation.

About Vangard Voice Systems:
Vangard Voice Systems is the innovative provider of AccuSpeech Mobile Voice Technology and the company's Mobile Voice Platform (MVP) for enterprise-wide voice deployment. MVP enables enterprises to achieve tactical, operational and strategic advantage through the deployment of voice technology to existing mobile applications and business processes.

The Mobile Voice Platform: provides one common, full lifecycle platform solution; voice-enables existing web-device, and server-based mobile applications, and; complies with enterprise standards with device-, application- and network-independence.

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