[access-uk] Maestro revisited
- From: "Sandra Henshall" <oceania@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2005 14:46:35 -0000
To all those wondering why they hadn't heard anything about the Maestro,
maybe the answer's somewhere in the following which appeared in my in box.
January 20, 2005
Pulse Data International and VisuAide Merge
(Christchurch, New Zealand / Longueuil, Canada: 20th January 2005) The
of New Zealand-based Pulse Data International and Canadian-based VisuAide
to announce the merger of their companies, and the creation of an exciting
to serve the needs of people with visual impairment. The merged entity will
as the HumanWare Group.
The HumanWare name has been widely used in North America since it was
the name for Pulse Data's North American subsidiary in 1989. The name has
reborn to define a caring and people-focused global company, dedicated to
innovative, technology-based, solutions to enable people who are blind or
impaired, to access information.
HumanWare combines two of the industry's most innovative companies - both
as world leaders in their respective fields. Products like the SmartView
and more recently myReader - the worlds first low vision auto-reader - are
the way people look at low vision while the Victor Reader family of digital
book players has been at the forefront of the industry since its inception.
is the best-known solution in the notetaker market today, and this market
expanded with the introduction of Maestro. Finally, the companies produce
only commercialised GPS based orientation solutions for the blind - Trekker
Pulse Data International's CEO, Dr Russell Smith, will head the new
According to Dr Smith, "Over the past few years, both Pulse Data and
gained impressive reputations for providing outstanding products that enable
impaired people to achieve equality of access to information. These
led to the strong growth of both organisations"
"We strongly believe that unifying the two organisations will accelerate the
of the companies' common vision and goals," Dr Smith said. "VisuAide shares
of developing, manufacturing and marketing world leading products that
with sight related disabilities to attain their greatest potential."
Following the merger, Gilles Pepin will become President and CEO of
subsidiary. Both Mr. Pepin and Yves Boisjoli, VisuAide' s CFO, will become
shareholders of the HumanWare Group. Pepin will also join the HumanWare
VisuAide's President and CEO, Gilles Pepin, is extremely enthusiastic about
"Both our companies share the desire to be the best in the industry
- working together in such a talented and motivated team will be a positive
for our employees, partners and, most importantly, our customers", he said.
For many years, Pulse Data and VisuAide have shared a similar research and
philosophy and have invested heavily in ongoing product development.
committed to retaining this focus on innovation and will maintain the
operations in both New Zealand and Canada. The combination of these units
the largest R&D capability in the industry.
With a team of over 200 employees worldwide, HumanWare is one of the largest
in the low vision and blindness industry. Sales offices are located in the
States, Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand, while the parent company
be based in Christchurch, New Zealand.
For more information contact:
Pulse Data International
Tel: +64 21 362 765
International Sales & Marketing Manager
Tel: +64 21 528 003
Manager, Strategy and New Ventures
Tel: +64 21 464453
President and CEO
Tel: +1 514 217 5087
Vice President Business Development
Tel: +1 514 943 2043
VisuAide was founded in 1988 with the encouragement of the Institut Nazareth
Canada's leading rehabilitation centre for the blind and visually impaired,
research and development activities for such users. In 1996 VisuAide
capital from financial investors to expand its business. VisuAide is now
as the world leader with Victor Reader, its digital audio book solutions for
print disabled. The company also manufactures Trekker, a GPS-based
mobility product for the visually impaired and Maestro, the first accessible
PDA. Further information on VisuAide and its products can be found at
Based in Christchurch, New Zealand Pulse Data International was also
in 1988. Since its inception the company has gained a reputation as a major
of integrated Braille and speech technology, a range of video magnification
screen-reading software and speech synthesizers. Pulse Data is
for its highly successful BrailleNote and SmartView product ranges, and in
months has launched myReader, the worlds first low vision auto-reader. Pulse
exports approximately 96% of its products to more than 30 countries
information on Pulse Data International and its products can be found at
Regards Sarah Smith
Pulse Data International Ltd
DDI: +64-3-353 2893
Fax: +64-3-384 4933
Mobile: 021 108 9898
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