An Australian ISP is using a Kiwi-developed system to provide remote retrieval of email systems via the telephone.
Newcastle-based Hunterlink will use VENUS (voice, email, network, unified system), by Auckland developer Hallmark Distributors, to enable its clients to phone their email boxes and have messages read out using text-to-speech technology.
Hallmark managing director Dan Holloway says VENUS, which launched at the beginning of the month, is aimed at small to medium-sized businesses and ISPs.
"VENUS is a client-server-based system which has been designed for in-house installation by ISPs or companies. Email messages can be on any system, anywhere, and the incorporation of text-to-speech software means messages become instantly available for review in much the same manner as with ordinary voicemail."
Holloway says VENUS is also ideal for visually impaired people and opens the world of email to people who don't even have a PC.
Hallmark is talking to several New Zealand ISPs about the system and plans to market it in North America and Australia via the Internet.
The system can be installed on a stand- alone machine or network and requires a minimum 486 or Pentium-90 with 32-bit Windows and a Unimodem V (Microsoft standard) voice-capable modem for interacting with the caller. It also supports pager messages, voicemail, call forwarding and remote dictation.
Venus has a recommended retail price of $995 and supports up to four ports.