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This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.

One of the latest innovations that has everyone's attention is the ability to operate in a "wireless" environment. This is happening in computers, personal communications, and thanks to Sandy-based Listen Technologies, sound and audio.

Russell Gentner founded Listen Technologies in 1998 after leaving Gentner Communications, a company he had started and built into a major player in the broadcast and audio/visual industry.

At Listen, Russ and a small team of partners developed a series of digital transmitters and receivers that are about the size of a pocket stereo. Audio is broadcast directly to belt packs with headsets worn by participants, who can adjust the volume to a comfortable level. Due to the wireless nature, participants can be upwards of 3,000 feet from a transmitter, and there is no limit to the number of receivers that can be used at a single event. The Listen products can simultaneously broadcast up to nine signals in the same area, making them beneficial for meetings conducted in multiple languages or facilities with several tours being conducted at the same time.

Listen's wireless audio products can be used for language interpretation, tour group communications, schools and training facilities, theatre performances, courtrooms, sporting events -- basically anytime sound needs to be taken from one point to another.

The list of organizations using Listen products is impressive. The LDS Church's Conference Center and Temple Square utilize the wireless units for multiple language interpretation, as does the World Bank and the McDonalds Corporation Training Facility. In fact, Listen devices are used in companies around the country and the world. Recently, Listen products were used during the 2002 Winter Olympics and currently, during the Paralympic Games. Many guests were able to use the Listen audio products to hear the play-by-play as well as hear interpretation in their native languages.

As for the future, Listen Technologies will continue to improve the audio technology that has made its products the best in the industry. And the company plans to add new products and accessories that will expand the applications for which Listen products can be applied. As time develops, I am sure we will be hearing more and more of "Listen" in the future.

For Zions Bank, I’m Fred Ball. I’m speaking on business.

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