June 15, 2006

Signate Adds Text-to-Speech Option to Telephone Service Provider Solutions

Signate writes "San Francisco, Calif. – June 15, 2006 -- Signate, a leading provider of VoIP telephone solutions based on industry standard hardware and open source software, today announced the availability of Cepstral’s Text-to-Speech (TTS) engine and voices integrated into its SigProvider and SigCarrier solutions for telephone service providers.

SigProvider and SigCarrier enable providers to offer state-of-the-art telephone services to individual consumers, small businesses, and large enterprises. The addition of Signate’s Cepstral TTS Option means provider customers can offer rich interactive voice response dialogs to telephone customers, such as real-time weather updates, theater ticket ordering and account balance inquiries.

The Cepstral TTS Option will begin shipping during the second quarter of 2006. Pricing begins at $4,000 for 24 simultaneous voice streams.

“The combination of Signate’s service provider telephony solutions and Signate’s Cepstral TTS Option means our provider customers can offer small and medium sized enterprises the same types of interactive voice response solutions used by the largest companies in the world to communicate with their customers,” said William Boehlke, Signate’s CEO.

"The integration of Cepstral Text-to-Speech into Signate's VoIP and telephony offerings allows natural, flexible, dynamic voice content," said Kevin Lenzo, CEO of Cepstral. "Customers will see an immediate benefit from these robust, scalable systems that can deliver information and services exactly where and when is needed, with all the power and ease that Signate offers."

About Cepstral’s Swift Text-To-Speech (TTS) Engine Cepstral Swift Text-To-Speech Version 4.0 is a scalable, multilingual cross-platform voice rendering engine. Voices perform with low latency and minimum resource load on handhelds, desktops, and large automated telephony or VoIP installations. Supported languages include U.S. and U.K. English, German, Canadian French, Americas Spanish, and Italian.

About Signate’s Service Provider Solutions Signate's SigProvider software is aimed at service providers with up to 3,000 customers and 300 or more simultaneous calls. SigProvider lets providers offer virtual IPBX with business telephone service as well as consumer telephone services. It runs on load balanced clusters of PC servers and enables each telephone user to manage their personal telephone services from any web browser.

Signate's SigCarrier is a high capacity hardware and software solution that aids entry into the IP voice market and improves the manageability of existing operations. Aimed at providers with a reseller network and 5,000 to 50,000 or more customer extensions, SigCarrier lets carriers deliver state-of-the-art telephone functionality to individual consumers, small businesses, and large enterprises.

About Cepstral
Cepstral is a speech technology company based in Pittsburgh, PA, USA, which provides customizable Text-To-Speech (TTS) voices and technologies for server, desktop and hand-held platforms on any operating system. http://www.cepstral.com/

About Signate
Signate provides VoIP telephony solutions for telephone service providers, contact centers and enterprises. Signate's foundation of industry standard hardware and open source software enables state-of-the-art capabilities and the best price/performance in the industry. For more information, visit Signate at www.signate.com.

Signate Contact: Jenny Jack, Connecting Point Communications. +1 415.442.4032 or jjack@cpcomm.com

Cepstral Contact: Craig Campbell, +1 412-432-0400 Ext. 604 or press@cepstral.com

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