Glossary:Interactive Voice Response
Also known as IVR. A hardware and software system that uses responses from a touch-tone telephone to gather and store data. It uses a recorded human voice to reply to user input. It is sometimes referred to as the Voice Response Unit (VRU).
IVR can also refer to systems that provide information in the form of recorded messages over telephone lines, in response to user-supplied input in the form of spoken words or, more commonly, Dual-Tone Multi Frequency (DTMF) signaling. Examples include banks that enable you to check your balance from any telephone, and automated stock-quote systems. For example, For checking account information, press 1 or If you want a stock quote, press 2.
A computer technology that enables users to connect to a computer system and obtain information through voice input, instead of by using a keypad, keyboard, or touch-tone telephone device. An IVR system responds to a human voice, looks up information, presents alternatives, and interacts with the caller.
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