The Lockheed Corp. (Calabasas, CA) and AT&T (New York, NY) have signed an agreement to jointly develop and market intelligent transportation systems. The two companies are responding to the Intermodal Surface Transportation Act of 1991, which calls for enhancing roadway capacity, safety, efficiency, and air quality through the development of intelligent vehicle highway systems. Electronic toll collection systems, traffic management systems, in-car navigational and route planning systems are among the systems being developed. UKbased Empires Stores, a mail order company, has reduced the clerical work in its credit department by about 30%, thanks to the implementation of an intelligent system. The company has successfully automated the decision-making process for passing or rejecting orders referred by its performance scoring system.
Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Virginia (Richmond, VA) has developed an expert system to classify, evaluate and process medical claims. The system, called MedScreen, reportedly can process up to 500 claims in 45 minutes, an operation that used to take several days to complete. Citibank's Network Development and Operations (Long Island City, NY) has developed an intelligent help subsystem as a diagnostic aid to network operators. This expert system provides context-sensitive help to operators at Citibank's internal telecommunications network control center, assisting the operators by quickly identifying malfunctions and suggesting solutions. IBM (Armonk, NY) and Dragon Systems (Newton, MA) have jointly developed VoiceType, a speech recognition system based on elements of the DragonDictate product, which allows hands-free typing.
Eastman Kodak (Rochester, N.Y.), a manufacturer of imaging-related products, has developed an online neural network-based machine vision system for surface mount solder paste inspection. Caere (Los Gatos, Calif.), a provider of neural network-based optical character recognition (OCR) technology, has signed an agreement to supply IBM Ireland with OCR Readers for AN POST, Ireland's national postal service. Using a handheld wand, postal employees will be able to scan text and read bar codes from anywhere on a document. BrainTech (Scottsdale, Ariz.), a developer of neural network and fuzzy logic-based pattern recognition technologies, has signed a development agreement with Raven (Alexandria, Va.), a developer of acoustic systems for the U.S. Navy. BrainTech will integrate its pattern-matching recognition engine into Raven's new medical diagnostic systems.