Fw: Wayfinder Partners up with Code Factory
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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
> 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
> Hanna Jonasson Drotz, Corporate Communications
> Mob: +46 70 144 90 20
> E-mail: hanna.jonasson at wayfinder.com
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