Five9 has announced a number of platform enhancements that make it easier to deploy customer-and-agent-facing AI solutions in the contact centre.
The new capabilities simplify and speed up the development of Five9 Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVAs), include a suite of pre-built IVA applications for healthcare and health insurance providers, and extend the availability of partner solutions for voice biometrics, real-time speech analytics, and agent coaching.
These features are designed to help businesses easily deploy an AI-powered digital workforce that can provide a more secure, efficient and engaging customer experience alongside live contact centre agents.
“Reimagining the customer experience will require organizations to reimagine their workforces,” said Callan Schebella, EVP, Product Management, Five9.
“Our new capabilities make it easier for organizations to build and manage AI solutions that will enable human and digital teams to deliver next-generation customer care.”
Low-Code / No-Code Gets a New Look
To ease the deployment of self-service channels, Five9 has rearchitected its no-code IVA development platform, Five9 Inference Studio.
Studio allows business users to develop IVAs with minimal technical experience and provides access to a broad range of leading conversational AI technologies from Google, Amazon, IBM Watson, and more.
The enhanced Studio platform includes:
- A new user interface design that simplifies development and maximizes developer best practices
- The ability to load IVA tasks more quickly and support larger applications
- A customized development process for messaging applications such as WhatsApp
- Improved monitoring, reporting and maintenance of IVA tasks and call flows
“IVAs will increasingly be a significant part of every organization’s workforce,” said Jim Lundy, Founder, CEO and Lead Analyst, Aragon Research.
“With Studio, Five9 offers a comprehensive and intuitive service creation environment that non-technical personnel can use to define, build, train and maintain their IVA applications.
“This reduces the cost and complexity of launching IVA solutions and allows organizations to bring new innovations to market more quickly.”
IVA ‘App Store’ Goes Vertical
Studio further streamlines IVA development by providing access to a task library, similar to an app store, of more than 40 pre-built IVA application templates. Organizations can use the templates as blueprints for their own customised IVA deployments.
The healthcare and health insurance templates are the library’s first suite of verticalized tasks, and Five9 will continue adding applications for key industries such as retail and financial services.
The healthcare and health insurance task suite includes:
- Healthcare FAQ
- Test Results
- Health Plan Enrolment
- Prescription Management
- Appointment Scheduling
AI and Live Agents Working Together
Complementing the task library additions is the availability of the first five Five9 partner solutions for contact centre AI developed via Five9 VoiceStream. VoiceStream is a set of RESTful APIs that provide real time audio streams, CTI events and metadata for agent-customer call interactions.
It allows accredited Five9 ISV Partners who provide biometrics, real-time speech analytics and agent coaching applications to integrate their solutions with the Five9 Intelligent Cloud contact centre.
The following partner applications powered by Five9 VoiceStream are now available to Five9 customers:
- CallMiner Alert for real-time agent guidance
- Cogito Dialog for behavioural coaching
- ValidSoft VoiceID for biometric authentication
- Voci Transcribe by Medallia for real-time voice transcription
- XSELL HiPer for real-time agent coaching
“These VoiceStream-powered applications are the first of many, as an increasing number of ISV partners plan to develop and release AI solutions using the APIs,” Schebella said.
“The combination of IVAs, alongside access to analytics and data from live agent feeds, support the Five9 mission of providing practical AI and automation solutions that can power the multi-modal workforce of the future.”
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