Vocollect harnesses the power of the human voice. A business unit of Intermec, the company designs and installs voice recognition systems that enable factory and warehouse workers to communicate with their databases via headsets and handheld microphones, thereby keeping their eyes and hands free to handle physical tasks. Its systems comprise a suite of software tools (VoiceArtrisan, VoiceConsole, and VoiceApplications, among other products) that integrates with warehouse management systems and the Talkman line of wearable computers. Vocollect also provides consulting, product implementation, training, and support services.
Intermec acquired Vocollect for about $190 million in 2011 to bolster its selection of ruggedized mobile network access systems for the warehouse market. In 2012 Intermec reported that Vocollect's business had a positive impact on its gross profit margin for fiscal 2011.
Vocollect continues to add new features to its products to improve their appeal. In 2012 the company rolled out Windows-based PC voice support for its VoiceCatalyst software to enable distribution facilities to incorporate a wider range of mobile computing devices into their Vocollect systems.
To expand its market reach Vocollect is courting the US public sector, tailoring its marketing message to emphasize how its voice technology is well-suited for distribution center and inspection processes. The company also has resale partnerships with MSS Software and XIO Strategies, among others, to better tap government agencies and non-profit clients.
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