Tech Talk: Malvern’s Frontline Education brings voice control to schools, businesses

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Frontline Education, a Malvern-based firm that provides administrative management software to school districts across the country, is developing voice-controlled software that in time may put an automated assistant in the pocket of educators and business persons  everywhere.

The voice application is still in its initial stages, but with it, Frontline joins a growing number of companies experimenting with voice-driven technologies for mobile devices and smart speakers, writes  Michelle Caffrey at

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The software works through devices enabled by Amazon’s Alexa voice-control system, such as Echo.

Frontline’s Alexa skill is designed to allow faculty and staff to access details about their operations, such as whether a certain teacher is out for the day; gain insight into how a day’s attendance can affect operations; or complete a simple task.

When Frontline previewed its new voice skill at the International Society for Technology (ISTE) in Education annual conference in Chicago in June, he company walked away with a best of show award.

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