HanPHONE IVR Wins Further Accolade

(Hong Kong, 6 February 2008) - KanHan Technologies Limited (KanHan) today announced the HanPhone IVR technology developed by its subsidiary KanHan Technologies Company Limited is winning further accolade on its innovation and versatility in improving the living of the visually impaired persons (VIPs) in Hong Kong. The HanPHONE IVR powered Tele-Digital Library system of the Hong Kong Society for the Blind wins Gold Award in both Best Digital Inclusion and Best Public Services Application categories of the 2007 Hong Kong ICT Awards.

KanHan has since 2003 built and maintained for the Hong Kong Society for the Blind the world's first digital library system enabling users to hear directly from conventional telephone three types of content, recorded materials including talking books, digitally encoded Braille books and live feeds from the web. For recorded materials, VIPs use the telephone like a CD player to listen to the content. Braille books are first converted into text for input to HanPHONE's text-to-speech engine for real-time conversion into voice for listening. Popular Internet contents such as news are imported in real-time to the system for conversion into voice for listening. Volume and speed of the playback can be controlled by the numeric telephone keypad. For even better control, bookmarks can be inserted to allow users picking up from the last listening session in the next call. The system currently supports Cantonese, Putonghua, English, Japanese and Korean. In addition to telephone access, a voice enabled web version is also available to VIPs with PC installed at home.

HanPHONE IVR, as a home grown technology, has been credited with many awards in the past 5 years including:-

1. China Nomination to 2005 World Summit Award

2. 2004 Asia Pacific Information and Communications Technology Award

3. 2004 IT Excellence Award


These awards have paved the way for the open web-based HanPHONE IVR technology winning many customer oriented telephone service projects from large enterprises in diverse industries including government, utility and finance.