Lender latches on to voice technology
|February 13, 2004|
Countrywide adopts speech-activated software
Countrywide Home Loans is taking its customer service to a new level with the adoption of voice automation products.
The lender signed a deal to implement voice automation provider Nuance's speech software. Nuance's software enables automated access to things like account balances, flight information, e-mail reading and voice activated dialing.
"For our customer-facing mortgage application, we evaluated a number of speech vendors and Nuance was best able to deliver on our needs—a complete, open VoiceXML-based voice automation solution," Countrywide CIO Richard Jones said.
The software is expected to provide customers with faster access to specific information.
Countrywide selected Nuance Voice Platform, a VoiceXML-based software platform specifically designed for speech systems, as well as Nuance's speech recognition software and Nuance Vocalizer text-to-speech engine.
"Voice automation helps companies realize a competitive advantage and achieve bottom-line business results," Nuance CEO Chuck Berger said.
Nuance Voice Platform offers a broad range of speech specific capabilities, including a real-time return-on-investment measurement and reporting tool. The platform monitors speech system performance in real-time.
Countrywide provides mortgage banking and diversified financial services in domestic and international markets.
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