Briefs: Voice Technology Unveiled

BOSTON (05/25/2000) - Copper Mountain Networks Inc. in Palo Alto, California, has developed new technology called Adaptive Fragmentation to improve efficiency and reduce jitter and latency in voice service over Integrated Services Digital Network, Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) and Symmetric DSL networks. The technology, which will be available in July, can increase the number of voice and data services a carrier provides over a given link, with Copper Mountain's hardware used in the carriers' networks and at customer locations. Pricing wasn't announced.www.coppermountain.comAlcatel Enhances Internetwork SwitchesFrench network telecommunications equipment company Alcatel SA has announced that it will add new quality-of-service features to its OmniCore 5000 family of internetwork backbone switches.

The company said the new intelligence built into the switch core will support converged voice, video and data networks, including the capability to identify revenue-bearing traffic in electronic-business networks and accelerate that traffic at gigabit wire speeds.www.alcatel.frMotorola to Launch Beeper With KeyboardSchaumburg, Illinois-based Motorola Inc. has created TalkAbout T900, a beeper-size keyboard-equipped pager. TalkAbout T900 looks like a miniature laptop and has the ability to exchange short text messages and e-mail with any mobile phone, computer or wireless device, as long as there is an e-mail address, according to Motorola.

The new product stores up to 250 entries and retrieves news and information from the Internet, including weather and traffic conditions, stock quotes and sports scores. Scheduled for release next month, TalkAbout T900 will be priced at less than $200.

FileMaker Developer Upgrade Released

Santa Clara, California-based FileMaker Inc. has released Version 5 of FileMaker Developer, which can be used for developing XML-based, royalty-free runtime Web applications that are based on the FileMaker relational database.

The suggested retail price for Version 5 is $499.www.filemaker.comSwitching Platform Adds SAN Over IP CapabilitiesMinneapolis-based Computer Network Technology Corp. has announced storage-area network (SAN) over IP capabilities for its UltraNet Open Systems Director, a switching platform for storage networks.

The platform will let companies apply data movement applications such as tape backup to existing IP connections. Computer Network Technology said the SAN over IP capabilities will be available this month.www.cnt.comAmtrak Adopts New SpeechWorks ApplicationsWashington-based Amtrak, which operates passenger train service in 45 states, has announced that it will use telephony-based speech technology from SpeechWorks International Inc. in Boston.

The technology will be used to enhance Amtrak's reservations and information phone lines with speech-recognition capabilities.

By speaking into a telephone, customers will be able to receive information and answers to questions without having to use a touch-tone keypad or wait on hold, according to Amtrak.

The first phase of the SpeechWorks phone service will enable callers to speak into any telephone to receive schedule and fare information. Callers will also be able to book reservations automatically. The first phase is expected to go live in the fall.

The system will run on a platform from Dallas-based InterVoice-Brite Inc.

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