Acapela Group, the leading speech expert, and AI, the leading Japanese TTS player have signed a global partnership for advanced multilingual speech solutions.
Both companies look forward to enhancing their speech solution offerings and providing their customers with an enriched catalogue of languages and voices.
The partnership allows cross distribution of AI and Acapela TTS solutions. Acapela multilingual TTS, available in 34 languages, will be exclusively distributed in Japan by AI while Acapela Group will provide an improved version of its Japanese TTS resulting from the collaboration outside of Japan.
From a technical perspective, Acapela and AI teams are already working hand in hand to develop a new Japanese TTS solution combining the latest innovations in Deep Neural Networks (DNN)  from Acapela with AI expertise in the Japanese language.
With this partnership, Acapela Group looks forward to expanding the adoption of Acapela multilingual voices in Japan while AI foresees answering the needs of foreign residents and tourists in Japan for voice-enabled multilingual services, which should considerably increase by 2020 with the Olympic Games.
About Acapela Group: www.acapela-group.com 
Acapela portfolio of over 100 voices in 34 languages offers a wide choice of voice persona featuring voices for all ages, emotive voices, voices with accents, voices adapted for long text reading. Voices that read, inform, explain, present, guide, educate, tell stories, help to communicate, alarm, notify, entertain. Acapela solutions give the say to tiny toys or server farms, artificial intelligence, screen readers or robots, cars & trains, smartphones, IoT and much more. Acapela’s in-house speech technologies and solutions are designed to provide a smart and pleasant spoken audio result to give a voice to All.
About AI: http://www.ai-j.jp/english 
AI provides High Quality TTS solutions ranging from embedded products that have been adopted by over 500 companies in Japan.
Voices that give the say to transport, robots, entertainment or toys industries and much more. AI voices also provide voices to the Japanese government to speech empower Disaster Alerting Systems. AI’s voice creation service allows to create authentic voices based on a limited amount of recordings. Over 400 voices, compatible with AI TTS solutions, of celebrities and individuals have already been created using this service.