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Voxware invests in Bruges

In one of a number of developments in the Flemish ICT sector over the past week, the US speech recognition company Voxware has purchased a significant equity interest in Voxware nv. Based in Bruges, Flanders, Voxware nv was established in 2002 when it purchased the assets of SyVox Europe.

The move is part of a continuing effort to expand local customer support in the Benelux, France, Germany and the UK. Voxware's VoiceLogistics™ applications enable warehouse workers to communicate with their central business computer system through voice, thereby freeing their hands and eyes to enable them to work faster and safer, with fewer errors. VoiceLogistics is language and dialect independent, and has already been implemented in English, Dutch, French, German, Hungarian and Spanish.

In another development, BMC Software, the Houston-based enterprise management software specialist, has acquired IT Masters International of Leuven, Flanders, for around 39 million euro. The two had operated as partners prior to the acquisition.

IT Masters’ specialty is adaptive software that detects and manages changes across a computer network. The company has development offices in Leuven and in Austin, Texas. Its 75 staff will join BMC.

Other news from the sector included the announcement that Barco of West Flanders would deliver projection-system technology for simulators at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. In addition, TIE Holding of the Netherlands and Porthus of Gent, Flanders, have entered a strategic partnership, pooling their knowledge of EDI and XML to produce an integrated B2B platform.

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3 April 2003

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