Washington, D.C. -- Harman International Industries, Incorporated (NYSE:HAR) today announced the acquisition
of Wavemakers Inc. located in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Wavemakers Inc. is a leading developer of processors and software algorithms
which optimize voice quality and speech recognition in automotive environments.
Bernard Girod, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer commented:
"Wavemakers further extends Harman's technology lead in voice-enabled
applications in the automotive environment. Combined with Temic Speech Engines
and AKG Microphones, Wavemakers will allow Harman to deliver the very best integrated
solutions for speech processing and hands-free microphones in the automobile.
Our industry leading technologies now include speech engines, MOST fiber optic
networks, hands-free microphones, audio multi-channel signal processing, operating
systems, memory-based navigation, digital video, integrated telephone modules,
man-machine interface devices (MMI), rear seat entertainment, DVD, state-of-the-art
acoustics, and embedded real-time parallel processing. This technology portfolio
allows us to deliver the very best integrated infotainment systems in the car
and in the home.
"Harman International Industries, Incorporated (www.harman.com)
is a leading manufacturer of high-quality, high fidelity audio products and
electronic systems for the consumer and professional markets. The Company's
stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol: HAR.
Richard Sones - Director, Sales and Marketing