Datamedia announces today the acquisition of Idylic
(Toulouse, France), a software
publisher for telephony server solutions publisher and a well known provider of
new voice technologies based on XML.
Founded in 2000, Idylic - 11 people and 1 M$ in revenue -
has developed an extensive knowledge in VoiceXML and CCXML.
Those emerging standards are meant to facilitate the development of interactive
voice response (IVR) applications and reduce their operating costs.
As a European pioneer of these new standards, Idylic is
also promoting them through the VoiceXML Forum. As an active member of that
group, Idylic has a solid expertise in Text to Speech (TTS) and Automatic
Speech Recognition (ASR). Idylic
has deployed those technologies for many customers in France (MAAF
Assurances, EDF, ...) and in other countries (Orange in Ivory Coast, Sonatel
Mobiles in Senegal, …).
« Until now, the Voice server industry lacked a single
player able to deploy a complete, coherent and durable offer that would live up
to the stakes brought by VoiceXML and Voice over IP. By joining Datamedia,
Idylic takes advantage of an unprecedented technological breakthrough in the
IVR market. » declares Cédric Buzay, Idylic's Chief Executive Officer.
« Thanks to the evolution of telecommunication
networks and the constant increase in computing power, new high value added
services make their way to the end-user. VoiceXML, because it simplifies the
creation of voice applications, is undoubtedly a strong asset. Therefore, it
was natural for Datamedia to offer . VoiceXML
to its customers. The acquisition of Idylic provides Datamedia the best
way to achieve this goal and at the same time be aligned with the company's
values of technological excellence and system durability », says Vladimir
A. Brauner, Datamedia's Chief Executive Officer.
Datamedia is acquiring leading competences on several
major aspects of the voice technology market. On one hand, this will complement
the Irisa product suite, enabling Datamedia customers to take advantage of
those technologies. On another hand Idylic's customers will benefit from
Datamedia's rich offer, more specifically in the domains of multimedia
server, Call Center, software PBX
and Voice over IP.