Vocollect Introduces Vehicle Mount Talkman, the Industry's First Voice-Centric Solution for Vehicles

PITTSBURGH and SAN DIEGO (27 September 2010) – Vocollect, Inc., the world leader in voice-centric solutions for mobile workers, today announced the market availability of its newest offering, the Vehicle Mount Talkman solution, designed to help companies accelerate productivity and accuracy, improve ergonomics, and reduce operational costs with vehicle-based workflows in the distribution center (DC)/warehouse.

The uniqueness of this solution lies in directing the work of eyes-busy/hands-busy vehicle-mounted workers via voice, eliminating the need for paper, screens and keyboards. With traditional scanner- and paper-based vehicle mount terminal (VMT) solutions, workers must take time to look at and touch a keyboard, or read a display or paper in unfavorable lighting, which is both inefficient and distracting. Further, handheld devices used in a vehicle-based workflow can be lost or damaged, as workers transition from driving the vehicle to performing a task.  As a voice-centric solution, Vocollect’s Vehicle-Mount Talkman voice solution eliminates the need for workers to continually look away from their vehicles’ paths to pause a workflow in order to receive assignments, to send data, or to manage a handheld, thus boosting overall productivity and accuracy. Typical vehicle-based workflows that may benefit from this voice-centric solution include put-away, replenishment, loading and selection.
 
Vocollect’s Vehicle Mount Talkman solution is based on its industry-leading Vocollect Voice software, a Talkman T5 voice appliance, vehicle mounting hardware, power adapters and an SRX wireless headset.  With the Talkman mounted to and powered from the vehicle, users can move freely within a 20- to 30-foot radius of the vehicle to perform their tasks, communicating with the Talkman via the wireless SRX headset.

“We have been using Vocollect for our distribution operations for eight years. Through the use of a wireless headset and having the mobile device mounted on the truck, Vocollect’s new vehicle mount solution offers greater freedom, which in turn will result in significant gains in worker mobility,” according to Gabe Ibanez, Distribution Systems Manager at Nature’s Best, Brea, Calif., the largest privately owned U.S. wholesaler-distributor of health and natural food products.

For companies with existing Vocollect Voice solutions for picking, the Vehicle Mount Talkman further leverages their voice investment by extending voice to vehicle-based workflows for put-away, replenishment, loading and receiving. It is ideal for companies looking to increase the flexibility and utilization of vehicles per shift, potentially reducing the number of vehicles required to support a site’s material-handling needs. It also lowers asset management costs and loss/damage risks associated with portable tools and handheld devices. Once installed, any Talkman T5 unit can move between a vehicle-mounted configuration and a Vehicle Mount Talkman or wearable, body-worn T5 device configuration with no tools or specialized training required.

 “The introduction of a third solution this year is the next step in turning our vision of the voice-enabled warehouse into reality. It immediately follows our earlier introduction of our light industrial solution and enhancements to our current industrial wearable solution. This latest Vocollect offering provides a cost-effective and more ergonomic alternative to traditional VMT computing solutions. As part of the voice-centric warehouse, it is designed specifically to help companies compete more effectively in a competitive global market by increasing worker productivity, accuracy and vehicle utilization rates,” said Joe Pajer, president and chief executive officer, Vocollect, Inc.

Commercially available now in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia/New Zealand, the Vocollect Vehicle Mount Talkman solution supports 35 languages. For more information, visit www.vocollect.com or call 412.349.2515.

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About Vocollect
Vocollect, Inc. is the leader in creating and providing voice-centric solutions for mobile workers in distribution and warehouse environments worldwide.  The speech recognition software and extreme recognition accuracy of in-vocabulary speech helps customers achieve a higher level of business performance through voice.  Every day over 300,000 workers worldwide use Vocollect’s comprehensive voice solutions to distribute more than $3 billion in goods from distribution centers and warehouses to customer locations. A global team of over 2,000 supply chain reseller and channel partner experts supports Vocollect Voice offerings. Vocollect VoiceWorld Suite integrates with all major WMS and ERP systems, including solutions from SAP AG, and supports the industry’s leading mobile computing devices. For more information, visit www.vocollect.com

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