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Cisco Sets to Take over BabbleLabs
With the completion of the transaction, the BabbleLabs team is expected to join the Cisco Collaboration Group, led by Javed Khan, senior vice president and general manager, which is part of the Cisco Security and Applications Business, led by Jeetu Patel
Fremont, CA: Cisco is to buy BabbleLabs, a Campbell, CA-based unwanted background noise deletion company. The amount of the deal was not disclosed.
The acquisition is expected to close in the first quarter of Cisco's FY21, depending on customary closing conditions and required regulatory approvals. With the completion of the transaction, the BabbleLabs team is expected to join the Cisco Collaboration Group, led by Javed Khan, senior vice president and general manager, which is part of the Cisco Security and Applications Business, led by Jeetu Patel.
Led by Chris Rowen, CEO and co-founder, BabbleLabs utilizes advanced Artificial Intelligence techniques to distinguish human speech from unwanted noise, improving communications and conferencing applications' quality. BabbleLabs' solutions distinguish speech from background noise, and improve the voice to elevate communication, irrespective of language.
With the addition of BabbleLabs, Cisco would bring native noise removal capability to its entire Collaboration portfolio. First, Cisco would focus on integrating BabbleLabs to deliver an enhanced audio experience to Webex Meetings users – wherever they are and however they connect through the Webex application (whether via a conference room or mobile device).
"BabbleLabs is excited to become part of Cisco and the Collaboration Group," stated Chris Rowen, CEO and co-founder of BabbleLabs. "The Cisco team shares our passion about speech as the core of collaboration and communication. Cisco's Collaboration platform will enable us to quickly scale our exceptional speech enhancement technology for the hundreds of millions of Webex users."
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