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ScanSoft - Press Releases - Automobile Club de L'Ouest Selects ScanSoft® RealSpeak™ for the 24 Hours of Le Mans

NetVoice Telecom Implements Le Mans AudioTel Information Service Using ScanSoft Text-to-Speech; Race News, Schedule and Standings Delivered Through Phone

PEABODY, Mass. and GENT, Belgium, June 10, 2002 - ScanSoft, Inc. (Nasdaq: SSFT), a leading supplier of imaging, speech and language solutions, today announced that the AOC (Automobile Club de L'Ouest), organizer of the world-famous motor race "Les 24 heures du Mans", has selected ScanSoft's RealSpeak™ for its first speech-enabled race information service.

Developed and hosted by the Paris-based NetVoice Telecom, the Le Mans AudioTel information service uses ScanSoftÒ RealSpeak™ to convert text-based race information into human-sounding synthesized speech. Using RealSpeak, the Le Mans AudioTel information service provides race supporters and enthusiasts with immediate access to Le Mans team news, schedules and standings using fixed or mobile phones from anywhere in the world.

"Much like the race itself, the Le Mans AudioTel information service has to run seamlessly 24 hours a day, and be able to support constantly changing content. We selected the NetVoice platform and ScanSoft RealSpeak because they met our requirements for superior quality and stability," said Jean Marc Desnues, Communication director at the AOC. "Since our Web site had 7 million hits during the event last year we expect that the new information service will connect with an even larger number of supporters, keeping them informed through the phone."

ScanSoft's RealSpeak is the market-leading product for converting text into human-sounding synthesized speech. The technology is used for a wide range of applications, including reading emails for unified messaging systems, providing prompts for interactive voice response (IVR) applications, and speech-enabling mobile, automotive, game and PC/multi-media applications.

"ScanSoft is thrilled to provide the text-to-speech technology behind this service. RealSpeak gives access to dynamic information sources and delivers natural sounding content to users in almost any location and on virtually on any device," said Peter Hauser, ScanSoft's senior vice president and general manager, International. "We are especially pleased to have a strong partner such as NetVoice Telecom, who makes such a prestigious application possible."

The Le Mans AudioTel service is accessible in French and English from June 10, 6:00 GTM until June 21 2002, 8:OO GTM by dialing +33 (0) 8 92 3500 24 (from France) by dialing+ 33 1 72 00 10 54 (from the US). The service has a cost of 0.34 Euros per minute.

About RealSpeak™ Text-to-Speech

ScanSoft® RealSpeak™ offers a single, standardized application programming interface (API) that enables the deployment of speech-enabled applications in 19 languages: US and UK English, German, French, Dutch & Belgian Dutch, Castilian and Mexican Spanish, Italian, European and Brazilian Portuguese, Norwegian, Polish, Swedish, Danish and Cantonese & Mandarin Chinese, Korean and Japanese.

ScanSoft RealSpeak offers unmatched support for hardware systems, including Hitachi, Intel® (Pentium®, Strong ARM® and XScale®), MIPS® and NEC®, as well as operating systems, including Linux®, Microsoft® Windows® and Windows® CE, and Sun Solaris®.

About ACO - Automobile Club de L'Ouest

ACO is an organizer of car and bike races based in Le Mans, France.

About Netvoice

NetVoice Telecom, a private company based in Paris, France, develops and markets converging communication solutions to help organizations solve its critical business issues, reduce costs and improve customer care. NetVoice delivers state-of-the-art communications services and products in partnership with leading computer telephony and voice technology companies.

About ScanSoft Inc.

ScanSoft Inc. (Nasdaq: SSFT) is the leading supplier of imaging, speech and language solutions that are used to automate a wide range of manual processes - saving time, increasing worker productivity and improving customer service. For more information regarding ScanSoft products and technologies, please visit www.scansoft.com.

Trademark reference: ScanSoft and RealSpeak are registered trademarks or trademarks of ScanSoft Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other company names or product names referenced herein may be the trademarks of their respective holders.

The statements in this press release that relate to future plans, events or performances are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including risks associated with market trends, competitive factors, and other risks identified in the Company's SEC filings. Actual results, events and performance may differ materially. Readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on these forward-looking statements that speak only as of the date hereof.

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