to Online Shopping and In-Store Retail Marketplace The Personal Computer/Telephone Headset Interface II (PCTI II) Answers Growing Demand of the Average Consumer for Computer-Telephone Integration Solutions MELVILLE, N.Y., Dec. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Andrea Electronics Corporation (Amex: AND) introduced today the Andrea ConnectSolutions(TM) Personal Computer/Telephone Headset Interface II (PCTI(TM) II), the Company's answer to the growing need for cost-efficient, high-quality computer-telephone integration (CTI) products within the growing Small Office/ Home Office (SOHO) and consumer retail marketplaces. The PCTI II draws from the popular features of Andrea Electronics' business-to-business channel CTI product, the ConnectSolutions PCTI, by connecting headset users to the computer or telephone to improve the performance of speech-centric computing and traditional telephony applications through enhanced convenience and superior audio quality. Online shoppers can now place their orders for the PCTI II when visiting the Company's website (www.andreaelectronics.com). The Company will be offering the PCTI II in the first quarter of 1999 in computer and office product superstores nationally for a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $119.95. "Andrea Electronics maintains close communication with customers and end-users, which keeps us in tune with the growing technology and product needs within various markets," said Douglas J. Andrea, Co-chairman and Co-chief Executive Officer of Andrea Electronics Corporation. "Within the corporate call center, business services and trading floor markets, we saw a need for products that reduce order input time, increase communication efficiency and accuracy, improve customer service and heighten productivity. We successfully introduced with our high-end PCTI product earlier this year to address that need. Now, the SOHO marketplace, the fastest growing business marketplace in the nation, and the average consumer are demanding a product that brings them similar CTI advantages while meeting their more cost-conscious budgets. Andrea Electronics has designed the PCTI II to specifically meet these needs as a user-friendly, efficient, high-performance and cost-effective alternative." ABOUT THE PCTI II Using the PCTI II's easy toggle feature, headset users can alternately conduct telephone conversations and communicate to, or through, their computers using speech-driven applications including: -- voice command and control programs, including speech-enabled web browsing -- speech recognition dictation programs -- Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) applications, such as Internet telephony or video conferencing, among others. The PCTI II, like the original PCTI, performs an audio enhancement process that ensures pre-equalized, CD-quality digital sound output. Both telephony and speech-driven computer applications, the performance of which relies on the clarity of the voice signal received, are significantly enhanced by this superior audio system. The enriched sound provided by the PCTI II can also be extended to multimedia speakers through an additional speaker connectivity feature. The PCTI, introduced in August 1998, is currently offered through business-to-business channels, including S.P. Richards and CommuniTech, to corporate customers for an MSRP of $149.95. Geared more toward the individual, personal, student or SOHO user, the PCTI II is currently available on Andrea Electronics' website at www.andreaelectronics.com and will be offered in certain office and computer supply retail superstores nationally beginning in the first quarter of 1999 at an MSRP of $119.95. While providing the same core advantages of enhanced sound quality and convenient headset connection to the telephone and the computer, the PCTI and PCTI II differ in ways that make the PCTI II a more cost-effective option for the average consumer in the broad retail marketplace. For example, the PCTI II offers headset connectivity to the telephone or to the computer, eliminating the niche application-specific feature of the PCTI that connects cyber call center, trading floor, business services and other corporate customers simultaneously to the telephone and computer. The PCTI II has been advantageously designed to be compatible with the full range of Andrea Anti-Noise(R) headsets. Additionally, the PCTI II is compatible with two of Andrea Electronics' new online offerings that also target the SOHO marketplace, the Andrea QuietWare(TM) 1000 with ANC and the Andrea WirelessSolutions(TM) AWS-100 Infrared System. ABOUT ANDREA ELECTRONICS Andrea Electronics Corporation designs, develops and manufactures audio technologies and equipment for applications incorporating speech-driven interfaces. The Company's patented Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) microphone and Active Noise Reduction (ANR) earphone technologies are used in the Company's channel- and application-specific lines of products, trademarked as VoiceSolutions(TM), Pro VoiceSolutions, QuietWare(TM) and Andrea Anti-Noise(TM) products, which eliminate background noise and ensure voice clarity to enhance the performance of voice-driven computer applications. The Company's patented Digital Super Directional Array (DSDA(TM)) and Directional Finding and Tracking (DFTA(TM)) far-field microphone technologies uniquely cancel background noise and transmit a clear voice signal in environments where it is advantageous to have the speaker is at a distance from the input source. Applications for the Company's technologies include speech recognition command/control and dictation, Internet telephony, video/audio conferencing and multiplayer online gaming, automobile PCs, handheld devices, car phone kits and more. Key OEM and software publisher customers and strategic partners who have endorsed Andrea Electronics' technologies and products include: Microsoft Corporation, IBM Corporation, Intel Corporation, Lernout & Hauspie Speech Products, Dragon Systems, NEC, Mpath, Multitude, IDT, HyperGraphics, ILINC, ViA Wearable, Conversational Computing Corporation and Veritel, among others. Andrea ANC technology is the only microphone technology certified by Windows Hardware Qualification Lab for use with Windows(R) 95, 98 and NT. This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties or other factors that could cause actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause such a difference include, but are not limited to, those discussed under the heading "Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements" included in the Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and in the Company's Annual Report to Stockholders, and in documents subsequently filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission. "Andrea ProVoiceSolutions," "Andrea VoiceSolutions," "Andrea ConnectSolutions," "Andrea SoundSolutions," "GameWare," "Andrea NetSet," "QuietWare" "DSDA" and "DFTA" are trademarks of Andrea Electronics Corporation. "Andrea Anti-Noise" is a registered trademark of Andrea Electronics Corporation. SOURCE Andrea Electronics Corporation -0- 12/01/98 /NOTE TO EDITORS: To receive Andrea Electronics' latest news release and other corporate documents via FAX -- no cost -- please dial 800-PRO-INFO and input the Company's ticker: AND. Visit the Andrea Electronics website at www.andreaelectronics.com or the Andrea pages at www.frbinc.com/ /CONTACT: Molly M. Jahncke or Carolynne O'Grady, Corporate Communications of Andrea Electronics, 800-442-7787, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com; or Michael Lawson, General, or Elisa Mailman, Analysts, or Judith Sylk-Siegel, Media, all of The Financial Relations Board, 212-661-8030, for Andrea Electronics Corporation/ /Web site: http://www.andreaelectronics.com/ (AND) CO: Andrea Electronics Corporation ST: New York IN: CPR SU: PDT -0- Dec/01/1998 15:15 EOS (PRN) Dec/01/98 15:15 86 â -0- (PRN) Dec/01/1998 15:30
ANDREA ELECTRONICS INTRODUCES NEW PC-TELEPHONE INTERFACE PRODUCT
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