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February 2021

sComm Partners with Vermont DMV

sComm is proud to announce its partnership with the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles to provide the newly launched UbiDuo 3 communication device for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. All locations statewide will provide the UbiDuo 3 for instant communication with clients and staff. sComm CEO Jason Curry stated, "This is a wonderful and cornerstone moment in enhancing the lives of the people of Vermont. The Vermont DMV's inclusion of the UbiDuo 3 across the state shows their dedication to the wellbeing of their citizens."

Department of Motor Vehicles Launches Use of Communication Devices for People Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Montpelier, Vt. – The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) today announced that it has launched the use of new devices that will enable people who are deaf or hard of hearing to communicate easily and effectively with staff at all DMV locations.

 

“This is another exciting step in the modernization of Vermont’s DMV,” said Commissioner Wanda Minoli. “Our focus is always on providing superior customer service, and these devices will allow for a much better experience for Vermonters who are deaf or hard of hearing.”

 

The devices, called UbiDuo 3, contain two keyboards with two small screens to enable the customer and the DMV employee to communicate while opposite each other on either side of the service counter. The DMV partnered with sComm, the leading developer of the UbiDuo, to meet the Department’s goal of providing barrier-free, face-to-face customer service at all branch offices statewide. The UbiDuo enables people who are deaf or hard of hearing to communicate with others without a sign language interpreter by using two-way, simultaneous, real-time keyboards. People who are deaf or hard of hearing and hearing people can now talk to each other face-to-face and interact simultaneously by using this device.  

 

A federal grant award from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in the amount of $22,954 was used to purchase 11 UbiDuo devices.

 

Flyers have been posted at all DMV locations to inform customers that the devices are available. All branch counter supervisors have completed a training on how to use the UbiDuo3.

January 2021

sComm Partners with ReadSpeaker

sComm Selects ReadSpeaker to Increase Clarity and Effectiveness of Speech Generating Device Communication

ReadSpeaker’s text-to-speech technologies to power UbiDuo 3 SGD device

BOSTON-- ReadSpeaker, the most trusted, independent digital voice partner for global businesses, today announced it is has been selected by sComm, the leading developer of speech generating devices (SGD) for the deaf and hard of hearing, to power the company’s UbiDuo devices. By embedding ReadSpeaker’s text-to-speech (TTS) technology into sComm’s UbiDuo devices, the companies are improving real-time communication capabilities between the hearing and deaf and hard-of-hearing communities.

sComm’s UbiDuo SGDs enable people who are deaf to communicate with a person who is hearing without a sign language interpreter. The UbiDuo devices allow deaf and hearing people to talk to each other face-to-face and interact simultaneously. These devices are the only communication devices in the world that allow for real time, face-to-face conversation without the use of sign language. By adding ReadSpeaker’s TTS technology, these devices are now able to incorporate speech output, a capability specific to this newest generation of device.

When searching for a TTS partner, sComm evaluated several different potential providers, but ultimately found that ReadSpeaker delivered the most natural, high quality voice output. UbiDuo devices are used in a variety of settings—including medical settings— meaning high quality output was paramount. sComm needed a TTS partner that could guarantee clarity in all settings.

“The partnership with ReadSpeaker has allowed us to take our UbiDuo SGDs to the highest level of performance possible,” said Jason Curry, CEO of sComm. “With ReadSpeaker’s technology embedded into our devices, we are now confident that sComm delivers best standalone SGDs in the world. The reactions that we have gotten from users have been overwhelmingly positive, and we are proud to be delivering this level of accessibility and ease for our customers.”

“ReadSpeaker has a longstanding commitment to delivering accessibility to the deaf and hard-of-hearing communities,” said Matt Muldoon, President, North America of ReadSpeaker. “By partnering with sComm and embedding our TTS technology into the UbiDuo devices, we are enabling faster, easier and more clear communication for people of all hearing ability in a variety of settings. We look forward to continuing to be a leading technology provider in this space and are honored to have been selected as a technology partner by sComm.”

For more information, visit ReadSpeaker or sComm.

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