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Responder is a voice output monitoring system designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision. This system integrates machine vision and speech technologies to provide an automated monitoring and event notification system for workplace and industrial installations, enabling employees who are blind or visually impaired to work in security and monitoring environments. The system continuously watches electronic equipment, such as alarm panels, and provides notification via recorded and/or synthetic speech over loudspeakers, public address systems, telephone systems, and/or modems. The system also maintains a complete log of all events to aid in verifying operational status of the equipment being monitored. The system is unobtrusive and requires no modification of, access to, or contact with, existing alarm panels. Types of events to which the system can respond include light and sound indicators, alphanumeric digital displays, and analog or digital output from other systems. The system can handle simple to complex equipment monitoring requirements and can be configured to meet a facility's specific needs. Multiple Responder systems can be deployed to handle demanding environments. Two main configurations are available: Responder M1 consists of a single computer and from one to three monochrome (black and white) digital cameras, and is suitable for environments where notification is required only for on/off type alarms and/or events. Responder C1 is a color system that can provide notification of alarms and/or events by differentiating between colors (e.g., green, yellow, red situations). Responder M1 and C1 systems can be networked together or deployed separately. COMPATIBILITY: For use on IBM and compatible computers. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: Windows NT 4.0, Service Pack 4.