Hong Kong Post Launches Hong Kong's First Voice Enabled Website for the Visually Impaired and the Elderly

(Hong Kong, 7 January 2008) - KanHan Technologies Limited (KanHan) today announced its subsidiary KanHan Technologies Company Limited (the "Company") has successfully transferred her HanVOICE web-to-speech technology to Hong Kong Post. Utilizing HanVOICE'2s innovative technology, Hong Kong's first voice enabled government website http://www.hongkongpost.com/ was launched in the New Year following the foot steps of Hong Kong Society for the Blind, Hong Kong Council of Social Service and Federation of China Disabled Person in pursuing the government's initiative in building a digital inclusive society. The enhanced website provides the visually impaired and elderly citizens of Hong Kong a voice browsing interface using only the numeric and arrow keys. By following the voice instructions and push the right key, a user will hear from the website in Cantonese, Putonghua and English at his/her choice. All voices are translated from the website's Chinese and English text in real-time using innovative text-to-speech technology.

Commenting on the project, Mr. Lawrence Mo, Chief Executive Officer of the Group, said, "It is our pleasure to work hand-in-hand with the Hong Kong Post launching the Hong Kong's first voice enabled government website. The newly launched website is not only important to the community, but also a testament to our achievements in technological research in voice access to the Internet. We believe that this project marks just the beginning of a series of voice enabled government websites. KanHan will further endeavor to the building of a digital inclusive society with primary aim to help the under-privileged groups in accessing the information highway."

The HanVOICE web-to-speech technology won in Year 2005 the China nomination to compete in the United Nation sponsored World Summit Award in the e-Inclusion category.

 

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