IBM adds WebSphere tool for voice apps

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IBM adds WebSphere tool for voice apps

IBM is to release a tool for developers seeking to voice-enable corporate applications for mobile access later this month.

WebSphere Voice Application Access (WVAA) supports VoiceXML (Voice Extensible Markup Language) and Java, and includes sample portlets and preconfigured functions to speed development time for customised voice portals.

Developers can use the technology to build voice interfaces for retrieving information from corporate databases and systems, such as stock quotes or customer information. In conjunction with other IBM development tools, WVAA can enable information to be requested with one device, such as a mobile phone, but delivered to another, like a handheld computer.

The technology is particularly well suited to mobile workers, such as estate agents, said Sunil Soares, director of product management for IBM's Pervasive Computing Division.

A beta version of WVAA is available on IBM's alphaWorks development Web site, at www.alphaworks.ibm.com. The software will be released worldwide on 20 December, with pricing of around $60,000 (£38,578) per processor.

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