Oracle acquires voice portal technology

In a move intended to give users voice-based, wireless access to a range of applications and databases, Oracle Corp. Monday announced the acquisition of voice portal company Indicast Corp.

Oracle plans to offer Indicast's voice application technology as a hosted service and will integrate the technology into future releases of Oracle9i Application Server, the company said in a statement. Indicast's voice portal technology will also be integrated into Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle online services, such as, it said.

Indicast's voice portal technology has already been integrated with IBM Corp.'s rival Websphere Voice Server.

With the acquisition of the Indicast, Oracle plans to offer its customers a range of voice-based services, including private-label voice portals; VoiceXML session enhancement, an execution tracing mechanism that enables continuous sessions across phone calls, data mining, content tracking, and other features; and pre-recorded audio content, including news feeds, weather reports and traffic updates.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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