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SOUTH KOREA: MediaZen is developing a voice-activated ticket vending machine which will provide passengers with a non-contact means to buy tickets by speaking either Korean or English.

Pilot deployments are planned for November at two airport stations which are used by many international passengers

MediaZen said its research centre has developed speech recognition and synthesis technology which can cope with noisy environments by learning about the acoustics and language models, with natural speech synthesis that speaks like a real person.