Motorola Solutions has invested in Israeli Startup VocalZoom. The company specializes in voice communication and voice recognition technologies.
Other VocalZoom investors in this round of funding included existing investors 3M and OurCrowd, as well as new investor FueTrek (Japan).
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Founded in 2010, VocalZoom declares its mission to be to enable voice communication and voice recognition in virtually any environment. To reach this objective, the company boasts that it has developed an optoelectronic microphone able to substantially enhance a speaker’s voice over any background noise (including voices of other speakers).
The technology creates a “virtual cube” in space, sensing sound from only within the cube. This enables highly significant speech enhancement and precise speaker isolation, which are the key elements missing today to enable mass-usage of voice-driven applications for devices such as radios and smartphones.
Motorola Solutions’ has described its investment in VocalZoom as part of the company’s strategy to advance mission-critical communications by connecting public safety and commercial customers with real-time data and intelligence like never before. It believes VocalZoom’s technology can establish a new frontier in voice commands and sharing of intelligence with public safety personnel through devices, even in a noisy environment or in the heat of the moment with a perpetrator. Voice-enabled technology is one of many ways that Motorola Solutions is defining the future of mission-critical public safety communications.
“VocalZoom has the potential to be the difference of whether a firefighter can communicate at a dangerous fire scene or if a transportation or utility worker can give or receive information in a noisy work environment, ” said Paul Steinberg, chief technology officer at Motorola Solutions. “For police officers, for example, turning their heads to communicate can be the difference between life and death for them or the people they are protecting, or the difference between whether a criminal is apprehended or escapes.”
“VocalZoom’s optical microphone is the only technology of its kind that is not affected by any background noise, and has the potential to provide disruptive voice clarity in any condition, ” said VocalZoom’s Chairman, Yechiel Kurtz, “We are excited with the partnership with Motorola Solutions, which provides us with new opportunities in a large and strategic market.”