AWS Brings Kiwi Voice to Polly Portfolio



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Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced the general availability of Aria, the first New Zealand English voice in its Amazon Polly neural text-to-speech service offering.

Amazon Polly is a service that turns text into realistic speech, enabling partners and their customers to create new speech-enabled product categories and build apps that speak.

Polly’s Text-to-Speech (TTS) service uses advanced deep-learning technologies to synthesize natural-sounding human speech, delivering an expressive, natural and easy-to-follow voice, according to the cloud giant.

Already, the service boasts dozens of realistic voices in a wide range of languages, with voice apps capable of running in many different countries.

Common Amazon Polly use cases include newsreaders, newsreaders,
audiobooks, e-learning content, virtual assistants and interactive voice response (IVR) systems.

Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) is just one of many local customers who have used the Polly offering, with the bank revealing the planned introduction of a unique Amazon Polly brand voice last year, whina, to its customers this year.

In April of last year, the AWS Chatbot product went into general availability for all commercial AWS Regions.

Chatbot is an interactive agent for chat operations, or ChatOps, that can monitor and interact with AWS resources in Slack and Amazon Chime channels.

It can send alerts, run commands to return diagnostic information, invoke AWS Lambda functions, and create AWS support cases.

Most recently, in July of this year, AWS launched a new program designed to help partners better equip customers with cloud expertise.

The cloud giant’s AWS Training Partner program is expected to allow AWS customers to work with a single partner who can deliver and resell formal training created by AWS.

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