www.aethersystems.comMobileMax learns to speak
May 1, 2004 12:00 PM, [Compiled by Mary Davis firstname.lastname@example.org]
A text-to-voice option for Aether Systems MobileMax wireless communications system will allow drivers to listen to all or part of any messages sent while they are on the road. Other new technology announced by the company includes an interface for hand-held devices, Web-based hosting and wireless driver e-mail.
Due to be released in mid-2004, the text-to-voice option is a plug-in module running Windows CE. It features new technology providing natural-sounding speech with an unlimited vocabulary, according to Aether. It can be configured to read any portion of a message, while the rest of the message will be stored on the in-cab unit for later review by the driver. The new option carries no additional wireless or message charges.
The handheld interface will allow fleets to replace the standard MobileMax keyboard with portable Windows CE devices that include bar-code scanning, signature capture, and other handheld applications. Once attached to a cradle, the hand-helds will then use the Aether multi-mode wireless network to transfer captured data. The hand-held will also receive and display messages for the driver.
The new e-mail service uses a prepaid card issued by Transcommunications to allow drivers to send and receive personal e-mails outside of their fleet communication network. Charges are $.25/100-character e-mail sent or received, and the system is password-protected to guard against spam.
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