TextSpeak Announces Award-Winning New earBridge™ SMS/Text-to-Speech Amplifier is Now Shipping
Cellular-enabled text-to-speech amplifier provides SMS text messages directly to voice for campus notification systems, alert feeds and security paging announcements
WESTPORT, CT, June, 2016—TextSpeak, an industry leader in text-to-speech mass notification products, has announced that its all-new, award-winning TTS-EM-CE cellular-enabled text-to-speech amplifier is now shipping. The new addition to the popular earBridge™ series is the industry’s first amplifier of its kind, enabling SMS emergency and general announcement cellular text messages to be sent directly to voice announcements on speakers and paging systems. Users simply send an SMS message to the pre-assigned telephone number and the earBridge™ amplifier speaks the text.
“The TTS-EM-CE is a great new member in our earBridge™ family of solutions already supporting Ethernet, Serial, Wi-Fi and Mobile applications,” said TextSpeak President Nancy Wolfe. “We always focus on cost-effective solutions where text and voice need to converge, redefining the use-case for text to speech. For security applications, cellular is essential in the delivery of mass notification alerts. With the TTS-EM-CE we now can bridge the gap to create wide area announcements from a cell phone message, simply, and within most budgets.”
With the new earBridge™ cellular amplifier, schools, commercial facilities, administrators, dispatchers and first responders can gain instant communication to their audience in seconds, from anywhere. As a first deployment, earBridge™ offers a simple, powerful, ready-to-go mass notification solution. As an enhancement to large existing systems, earBridge can be added as a new “cell phone” to a distribution list, and announce audio over any existing paging system. Benefits include deployment simplicity, effectiveness and access for institutions that are challenged to find affordable mass notification solutions.
The TTS-EM-CE also supports the standard features of the earBridge™ amplifier series:
- Advanced, human-sounding Text-To-Speech in 25 languages
- Simple installation & operation. Announcements generated in seconds
- High-definition, 25-watt audio paging amplifier with line out
- Capability to mix live Text-to-Speech and pre-recorded Wave files
For the first time, wide-area mass notifications can reach beyond registered mobile phones with a single earBridge™ SMS-to-voice solution added to a paging system. The amplifier can also resend texted data to another network and display the announcement on an overhead LED message sign. User definable security levels ensure that only messages from authorized personnel, automated systems and/or emergency responders may generate announcements.
To enhance the user experience, TextSpeak offers factory setup with service by Verizon Wireless™. The new amplifiers have been upgraded from 2G to 4G to speed up time to announce and provide a more robust network connection. When optionally purchased, the TTS-EM-CE ships with a US phone number pre-assigned on a monthly plan starting at $4.99/mo.
The TextSpeak TTS-EM-CE cellular-enabled text-to-speech amplifier won the Security Industry Association (SIA) ‘Best New Product in the Emergency Communication/Mass Notification Systems’ category, and the ‘Judges Choice Award’ at the recent ISC West show in Las Vegas.