Industry Leaders Launch First Emergency Management System with Interactive Voice Response Capability

PR Newswire

AUGUSTA, Ga., Sept. 12, 2011

AUGUSTA, Ga. , Sept. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — ESi Acquisition, Inc. and the Vox Generation Group are pleased to announce the launch of the first new software product of their joint venture company, Boards Talk, LLC.


Boards Talk™ powered by WebEOC® introduces a direct “voice-to-machine” interface between the award-winning Interactive Voice Response (IVR) technology of VoxGen and WebEOC® Professional from ESi, the most widely used crisis information management software in the world.  

Simply stated, Boards Talk powered by WebEOC allows users to dial a phone, connect to WebEOC Professional and verbally post information to WebEOC status boards.  

“With the launch of this new product, WebEOC becomes the first crisis information management system to offer an interactive voice response solution,” said Jerome DuVal , ESi VP. “Boards Talk powered by WebEOC doesn't require an Internet connection or special training. It greatly enhances first responders' mobile reporting abilities.”

“Not all emergency response personnel will have a computer in the field, but most will have a phone.  With WebEOC only a phone call away, now they can update critical information from anywhere.  It's an incredible step forward in emergency management,” Mr. DuVal added.  

Simon Loopuit, CEO of VoxGen said, “We are delighted to be partnering with ESi to bring this exciting capability to the first responder community. WebEOC has a proven record in crisis management and our Interactive Voice Response systems are the gold standard for reliability, security, usability and value for the money – handling millions of self-service calls every year for enterprise and government customers alike.”

“When you combine a world-class information management system with the market leading interaction layer you transform data into actionable intelligence. Our passion for putting people first pervades every aspect of our business, so I am very proud that we can support the first responder community in this way,” Mr. Loopuit added.

This first release of Boards Talk powered by WebEOC includes tools for shelter management, facility status updates and personnel tracking activities. The software is offered as a subscription service, and custom development of other WebEOC boards and tools is available from ESi. For an online demonstration, contact ESi at 706.823.0911, or e-mail .

About Boards Talk, LLC

Boards Talk, LLC is a joint venture of ESi Acquisition, Inc. and The Vox Generation Group.  Formed in 2010, Boards Talk brings together the market-leading technologies of two innovative companies for the benefit of emergency managers, business continuity specialists and corporate security professionals around the world.  Boards Talk™ powered by WebEOC ®, the first commercial product of this joint venture, brings fully integrated speech application capabilities to WebEOC.  Boards Talk powered by WebEOC is available on a subscription basis and custom development services also are available.  For more information, please visit

About ESi®

ESi is the global leader in crisis information management technology.  ESi introduced WebEOC®, the world's first Internet-enabled emergency management communications system, over a decade ago and continues to bring exciting technology options to the field of emergency management.  Recognized by Inc . Magazine as one of the fastest-growing private companies in America for the past five years, ESi connects crisis response teams and decision makers within and across industries as diverse as government, health care, aviation, utilities and corporations worldwide, providing access to real-time information and a common operating picture during any crisis or daily operation.  By offering comprehensive product support and subject matter expertise from initial design and installation through training, implementation and maintenance, ESi sets the standard for crisis information management.  For more information, please visit

About VoxGen™

VoxGen creates interactive applications, primarily for phone contact, that are easy to use, adapt, integrate and deploy.  Developed for customers around the world, the solutions are based on a passionate belief – that technology designed around the needs of users can make all kinds of organizations more efficient, more cost effective and better equipped to meet their goals.  Bringing together the leaders in linguistics, voice user interface design, integration and usability, VoxGen serves a diverse client base across Europe and the United States and has been recognized with numerous awards and certifications including ISO 9001 certifications for Quality Assurance and ISO/IEC 27001 certifications for Security.  For more information, please visit

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