|OCEAN BLUE SOFTWARE RECEIVES AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE|
Bristol - September 13, 2009
Ocean Blue Software's 'Talking TV' technology has received an Award for Excellence
at the 2009 IABM Design and Innovation Awards ceremony.
The awards are held annually and are designed to recognise exceptional design and innovation in broadcast and media technology, particularly those that offer significant solutions or opportunities.
Ocean Blue Software worked in conjunction with the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) to develop advanced Text to Speech technology for digital TV Products, with the aim of making the viewing of TV more accessible to those with visual impairment.
The technology has been used to create the world's first accessible technology solution designed to provide speech/talk-based TV programming guides and set up menus.
Ocean Blue and RNIB worked as part of a consortium, which included STMicroelectronics and TW Electronics.
Ken Helps, CEO, Ocean Blue Software: "We are delighted to receive this prestigious award. There were a record number of entries this year and we faced some stiff competition".
"RNIB's experience in designing products for the visually impaired coupled with our track record for developing world class digital TV software has resulted in the creation of a truly innovative product. We are extremely proud of our 'talking TV' technology."
Steve Tyler, Head of Innovation and Disability Access Services, RNIB says: "This technology is set to revolutionise the way that millions of people across the world use and enjoy digital TV services. It has been fantastic experience to work with Ocean Blue and we were thrilled that the work has been recognised by the broadcast and media technology industry."
To add to the IABM accolade, the Talking TV technology was also shortlisted for a TV Innovation award organised by IMS in the USA, and has been nominated for a Royal Television Society award; the winner of which will be announced at an awards ceremony held at BAFTA on the 10th of November.
*Image shows Siobonne Brewster of the RNIB accepting the IABM award
About Ocean Blue Software
Ocean Blue Software is based in Bristol and Hong Kong and specialises in the development, distribution and support of world-class software solutions, which are incorporated into Digital TV consumer electronics products, present in the Digital Home.
Ocean Blue's software products stand out in terms of maturity, usability, operability and adherence to international digital broadcast standards, notably DVB and DTG. Ocean Blue is active in both DTG and DVB groups, assisting in the development of industry software standards. Ocean Blue's new software developments include support for High Definition TV broadcasts, Advanced Text-To-Speech Technology, CI Plus and Connected-TV solutions.
Every day another 100 people in the UK will start to lose their sight. There are around two million people in the UK with sight problems. RNIB is the leading charity working in the UK offering practical support, advice and information for anyone with sight difficulties. If you, or someone you know, has a sight problem RNIB can help. Call the RNIB Helpline on 0845 766 9999 or visit www.rnib.org.uk. RNIB has made a significant commitment to support industry bringing really accessible and usable products onto the market.