Fw: Wayfinder Partners up with Code Factory

Gabriel Battaglia gabriele.battaglia at gmail.com
Tue Mar 20 00:40:20 GMT 2007

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> Business Wire
> Monday, March 19, 2007
> Wayfinder Partners up with Code Factory
> By Press Release
> Wayfinder Systems: Wayfinder's World Leading Product for the Visually 
> Impaired, Wayfinder AccessT Attracts New Cooperation Partner
> STOCKHOLM, Sweden--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Wayfinder is pleased to announce yet 
> another cooperation with an international company specializing in 
> accessibility products; Code Factory. This cooperation ensures that 
> Wayfinder AccessT will be powered by Mobile Speak, Code Factory's 
> innovative screen reader and will be available to Code Factory's thousands 
> of customers across Europe and North America.
> The cooperation between Wayfinder and Code Factory ensures that Wayfinder 
> Access can be offered to an even larger group of the blind and visually 
> impaired through the speech, magnification and Braille output that is 
> unique to Mobile Speak. Any mobile phone subscriber in a community of an 
> estimated 20 million blind people in EMEA and North America, and 135 
> million people worldwide with mild visual impairments, is sure to find the 
> solution he requires from the combination of these two powerful software 
> products.
> Wayfinder Access aims to help the blind and visually impaired to become 
> more mobile with better access to their surroundings. The navigation 
> software can be combined with text-to-speech applications like Code 
> Factory's screen reader for Symbian mobile phones, Mobile Speak, to 
> convert the displayed directions on the mobile device into highly 
> intelligible speech. It also integrates unparalleled screen magnification 
> with font smoothing thus making Wayfinder Access the perfect mobility 
> solution even to the low-vision users.
> Code Factory will offer and market Wayfinder Access together with Mobile 
> Speak to major operators and distributors in North America and Europe who 
> have partnered with Code Factory for years.
> "Wayfinder Access delivers a complete mobile navigation system for 
> visually impaired people who previously only had access to much more 
> expensive products. Wayfinder Access is an affordable and life-enhancing 
> product," says Magnus Nilsson, CEO at Wayfinder. "Wayfinder Access was 
> very well received when it was announced in February at 3GSM in Barcelona 
> and we are pleased to be able to offer the product to Code Factory's 
> customers as well," Magnus continues.
> "Accessibility of Mobile technology is our top priority," explains Eduard 
> Sánchez, CEO at Code Factory. "We are very enthusiastic about supporting 
> Wayfinder Access and giving our users the opportunity to use a fantastic 
> GPS solution. Many visually impaired individuals and phone operators are 
> looking for a mobile navigation tool that meets their requirements and 
> Wayfinder Access is just what they are looking for."
> Wayfinder Access will be delivered in 17 languages and be available across 
> Europe and North America from the end of April 2007. About Wayfinder 
> AccessT Wayfinder Access is a new mobile navigation product developed to 
> facilitate the everyday life of the visually impaired. With the four new 
> 'Vicinity Views', a location becomes both visible and audible. This means 
> that Points of Interest (POI), crossings or favourites etc are listed 
> according to their distance from the user's location.
> Wayfinder has taken the input of a reference group from the visually 
> impaired community, to optimise the usefulness of our award winning and 
> cutting edge Wayfinder Navigator. Wayfinder has reworked this entire 
> application from scratch, so as to ensure that it will function as a fully 
> integrated service with text-to-speech applications.
> Wayfinder Access also includes a 'Where am I?' function. This means that 
> the application is not only an indispensable support in guiding users to 
> chosen destinations, but also enables them to establish their location.
> About Code Factory Founded in 1998 and headquartered in 
> Terrassa/Barcelona, Spain, Code Factory is a software company committed to 
> the development of products designed to break down barriers to the 
> accessibility of mobile technology for the blind and visually impaired. 
> Today, Code Factory is the leading provider of screen readers, screen 
> magnifiers, and Braille interfaces for the widest range of mainstream 
> mobile devices including Symbian-based and Windows Mobile-powered 
> SmartPhones as well as Pocket PC phones and PDAs, and it is the only one 
> to support phones working on the GSM, CDMA and WCDMA networks. Code 
> Factory's success lies in giving excellent customer support and to respond 
> immediately to the needs of the end users. Among our customers are 
> well-known companies and organizations like ONCE, and carriers such as 
> TMN, Vodafone, Redcom, SFR and many more. Good partners help us to provide 
> excellent text-to-speech technology for our products and to incorporate 
> support for B
> raille devices into our software.
> About Wayfinder Systems AB Wayfinder offers map, direction and GPS 
> navigation services accessible by mobile phone. From these basic 
> navigation services, we provide mobile phone users with content services, 
> including digital city guide books, traffic information, currency 
> conversion and weather reports. Wayfinder has selected Tele Atlas digital 
> maps because they are complete, accurate and up to date. Our clients 
> include phone manufacturers, Sony Ericsson and Nokia, and operators such 
> as Telenor, Telefonica and A1. The products are sold to end users 
> throughout Europe and the USA. Wayfinder has over 600 000 unique users. 
> Wayfinder has been listed on the NGM Equity stock exchange since 21 
> October 2005. Wayfinder currently has 75 employees. Our head office is in 
> Stockholm, Sweden.
> This information was brought to you by Waymaker http://www.waymaker.net
> Contacts
> Wayfinder
> Hanna Jonasson Drotz, Corporate Communications
> Mob: +46 70 144 90 20
> E-mail: hanna.jonasson at wayfinder.com
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