Atlas Cold Storage to Integrate SyVox SpeechNet Logistics

Atlas, 4th Largest Refrigerated Warehouse Company in North America,

To Introduce Speech Recognition Solution Into Warehouse Network



Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from SyVox Corporation

    BOULDER, Colo., April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- SyVox
 Corporation, a leading provider of speech recognition-based applications for
 industrial markets, announced today that Atlas Cold Storage, a leading
 provider of supply chain solutions to the food industry, will implement SyVox
 SpeechNet(R) Logistics at the Atlas operation in Appleton, WI.
     SpeechNet Logistics is a new generation of speech applications announced
 by SyVox last fall for the warehousing and logistics marketplace.  Atlas has
 developed one of the largest networks of temperature-controlled distribution
 centers in North America by integrating cost-effective, technologically
 advanced solutions throughout their operations.  The Appleton warehouse will
 be the first speech implementation for Atlas.
     Atlas, the fourth largest refrigerated warehouse company in North America
 with 31 facilities throughout the U.S. and Canada, specializes in temperature-
 controlled storage.  Cold, high-condensation environments hinder the ability
 of gloved warehouse workers to operate hand-held devices.  Migrating to a
 hands-free, voice-enabled data entry environment offers increased productivity
 and a more user-friendly working environment.  Atlas currently operates its
 warehouse network using Psion Teklogix wireless technology, allowing for easy
 integration of the SpeechNet Logistics application.
     Atlas selected SyVox's SpeechNet Logistics solution to incorporate catch
 weight recording into their warehouse case pick operation.  The SyVox speech
 solution offers significant time-saving benefits for this application; pickers
 can record catch weights in real-time, shortening data entry lag time and
 heightening accuracy.
     "The climate within an Atlas cold storage warehouse is an ideal setting
 for our speech-based system.  It's also a very conducive environment to
 implement a hands-free picking solution that is easy to learn," said Ivan
 Perez-Mendez, Ph.D., president and CEO of SyVox Corporation.  "SpeechNet
 Logistics also provides the enhanced management tools and system flexibility
 that dramatically decrease implementation time.  The excitement generated
 around the refrigerated warehouse industry by innovative companies like Atlas
 confirms the direction the market is taking toward speech-based solutions.  We
 are thrilled to be working with Atlas on this significant effort."
     SpeechNet Logistics offers an enhanced Administration Console that
 supports configuration capability as well as a Worker Monitoring Plug-in,
 which provides productivity statistics and operation reports.  The enhanced
 Prompt Manager provides customers with the flexibility to change the language
 spoken to the user and uses a true translation feature that allows for
 simultaneous multi-language use.  The system currently supports English,
 Dutch, French, German and Spanish.
     "We had several criteria to meet in our selection of a software vendor.
 The idea of using voice prompts to enter weight is very attractive and a
 competitive differentiator for us," noted Robb Lockie, director of information
 systems for Atlas.  "We did not want to invest heavily in training our
 warehouse personnel on a new system.  We wanted something that would be easy
 to learn right out of the box.  It was also necessary for us to have a multi-
 language package.  SyVox is a proven system and operates on our existing RF
 backbone.  The fact that the SyVox solution operates in a harsh environment
 made our decision clear.  The availability of features like SyVox's enhanced
 productivity reporting will allow us to improve accuracy as well as customer
 service.  We are looking forward to working with SyVox on this initial
 implementation and the possibility of identifying additional facilities."
     Atlas, a long-time customer of SyVox's strategic partners, Psion Teklogix
 and Delfour Corporation, will become a valuable reference site in the
 Refrigerated Warehouse industry for all parties involved.  In addition,
 SyVox's relationships with Psion Teklogix and Delfour will technologically aid
 the installation of the SpeechNet Logistics application.  Delfour is
 implementing the SyVox ISIS standard interface into their current WMS
 offering.  ISIS connects SpeechNet Logistics to the WMS or ERP system and is
 publicly available to vendors.  The interface will enable Delfour's WMS to
 benefit from SyVox Applications without investing significant time or money
 into developing and integrating speech capabilities.
 
     About Atlas Cold Storage
     Atlas is a leading provider of supply chain solutions to the food
 industry.  Atlas has developed one of the largest networks of temperature-
 controlled distribution centers in North America by providing integrated,
 cost-effective solutions to its partners throughout the supply chain.  For
 more information, visit www.atlascold.com or contact Atlas Cold Storage
 corporate headquarters at 416.512.2352.
 
     About SyVox Corporation
     SyVox Corporation is a global leader in industrial speech recognition
 software applications.  SyVox develops speech-based solutions that optimize
 the performance of mobile workers who need access to computer data while
 performing their work.  SyVox offers complete system design services including
 installation, training and support through a highly trained professional
 services team and through a network of business partners.  The company is
 privately held with corporate headquarters in Boulder, Colorado and European
 headquarters in Ieper, Belgium.  For more information, visit www.syvox.com or
 contact SyVox corporate headquarters office at 303.938.1110 or e-mail
 tdawe@syvox.com.
 
     For more information, please contact: In U.S.: Tiffany Dawe of SyVox
 Corporation, 303-938-1110, Fax, 303-938-1874, tdawe@syvox.com; or Heidi
 Boettcher of L.R. Barker & Co., 303-932-6249, fax, 303-972-3936,
 hboettcher@aol.com; or Robb Lockie of Atlas Cold Storage, 416-512-2352, Fax,
 416-642-6046, rlockie@atlascold.com; or In Europe: Jan Vermeesch of SyVox
 Europe N.V., 32-57-230-666, Fax, 32-57-230-667, jvermeesch@syvox.eu.com.
 
     SpeechNet(R) is a registered trademark of SyVox Corporation.  All other
 trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective
 companies.
 
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SOURCE SyVox Corporation
    BOULDER, Colo., April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- SyVox
 Corporation, a leading provider of speech recognition-based applications for
 industrial markets, announced today that Atlas Cold Storage, a leading
 provider of supply chain solutions to the food industry, will implement SyVox
 SpeechNet(R) Logistics at the Atlas operation in Appleton, WI.
     SpeechNet Logistics is a new generation of speech applications announced
 by SyVox last fall for the warehousing and logistics marketplace.  Atlas has
 developed one of the largest networks of temperature-controlled distribution
 centers in North America by integrating cost-effective, technologically
 advanced solutions throughout their operations.  The Appleton warehouse will
 be the first speech implementation for Atlas.
     Atlas, the fourth largest refrigerated warehouse company in North America
 with 31 facilities throughout the U.S. and Canada, specializes in temperature-
 controlled storage.  Cold, high-condensation environments hinder the ability
 of gloved warehouse workers to operate hand-held devices.  Migrating to a
 hands-free, voice-enabled data entry environment offers increased productivity
 and a more user-friendly working environment.  Atlas currently operates its
 warehouse network using Psion Teklogix wireless technology, allowing for easy
 integration of the SpeechNet Logistics application.
     Atlas selected SyVox's SpeechNet Logistics solution to incorporate catch
 weight recording into their warehouse case pick operation.  The SyVox speech
 solution offers significant time-saving benefits for this application; pickers
 can record catch weights in real-time, shortening data entry lag time and
 heightening accuracy.
     "The climate within an Atlas cold storage warehouse is an ideal setting
 for our speech-based system.  It's also a very conducive environment to
 implement a hands-free picking solution that is easy to learn," said Ivan
 Perez-Mendez, Ph.D., president and CEO of SyVox Corporation.  "SpeechNet
 Logistics also provides the enhanced management tools and system flexibility
 that dramatically decrease implementation time.  The excitement generated
 around the refrigerated warehouse industry by innovative companies like Atlas
 confirms the direction the market is taking toward speech-based solutions.  We
 are thrilled to be working with Atlas on this significant effort."
     SpeechNet Logistics offers an enhanced Administration Console that
 supports configuration capability as well as a Worker Monitoring Plug-in,
 which provides productivity statistics and operation reports.  The enhanced
 Prompt Manager provides customers with the flexibility to change the language
 spoken to the user and uses a true translation feature that allows for
 simultaneous multi-language use.  The system currently supports English,
 Dutch, French, German and Spanish.
     "We had several criteria to meet in our selection of a software vendor.
 The idea of using voice prompts to enter weight is very attractive and a
 competitive differentiator for us," noted Robb Lockie, director of information
 systems for Atlas.  "We did not want to invest heavily in training our
 warehouse personnel on a new system.  We wanted something that would be easy
 to learn right out of the box.  It was also necessary for us to have a multi-
 language package.  SyVox is a proven system and operates on our existing RF
 backbone.  The fact that the SyVox solution operates in a harsh environment
 made our decision clear.  The availability of features like SyVox's enhanced
 productivity reporting will allow us to improve accuracy as well as customer
 service.  We are looking forward to working with SyVox on this initial
 implementation and the possibility of identifying additional facilities."
     Atlas, a long-time customer of SyVox's strategic partners, Psion Teklogix
 and Delfour Corporation, will become a valuable reference site in the
 Refrigerated Warehouse industry for all parties involved.  In addition,
 SyVox's relationships with Psion Teklogix and Delfour will technologically aid
 the installation of the SpeechNet Logistics application.  Delfour is
 implementing the SyVox ISIS standard interface into their current WMS
 offering.  ISIS connects SpeechNet Logistics to the WMS or ERP system and is
 publicly available to vendors.  The interface will enable Delfour's WMS to
 benefit from SyVox Applications without investing significant time or money
 into developing and integrating speech capabilities.
 
     About Atlas Cold Storage
     Atlas is a leading provider of supply chain solutions to the food
 industry.  Atlas has developed one of the largest networks of temperature-
 controlled distribution centers in North America by providing integrated,
 cost-effective solutions to its partners throughout the supply chain.  For
 more information, visit www.atlascold.com or contact Atlas Cold Storage
 corporate headquarters at 416.512.2352.
 
     About SyVox Corporation
     SyVox Corporation is a global leader in industrial speech recognition
 software applications.  SyVox develops speech-based solutions that optimize
 the performance of mobile workers who need access to computer data while
 performing their work.  SyVox offers complete system design services including
 installation, training and support through a highly trained professional
 services team and through a network of business partners.  The company is
 privately held with corporate headquarters in Boulder, Colorado and European
 headquarters in Ieper, Belgium.  For more information, visit www.syvox.com or
 contact SyVox corporate headquarters office at 303.938.1110 or e-mail
 tdawe@syvox.com.
 
     For more information, please contact: In U.S.: Tiffany Dawe of SyVox
 Corporation, 303-938-1110, Fax, 303-938-1874, tdawe@syvox.com; or Heidi
 Boettcher of L.R. Barker & Co., 303-932-6249, fax, 303-972-3936,
 hboettcher@aol.com; or Robb Lockie of Atlas Cold Storage, 416-512-2352, Fax,
 416-642-6046, rlockie@atlascold.com; or In Europe: Jan Vermeesch of SyVox
 Europe N.V., 32-57-230-666, Fax, 32-57-230-667, jvermeesch@syvox.eu.com.
 
     SpeechNet(R) is a registered trademark of SyVox Corporation.  All other
 trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective
 companies.
 
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