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- Nov 05
- Press Release
BigHand Launches New Server Based Speech Recognition Module
Easy-to-use backend voice-to-text capability, supported on BlackBerry® Smartphones and Windows Mobile, offers business and healthcare significant administrative time & cost savings
Nov 5, 2009 -- BigHand, the leading voice productivity application in the professional services community, has today launched an innovative new Server-based Speech Recognition module aimed at organisations looking to further streamline administrative overheads in the current climate, or support an upturn in work as the economy recovers. The new voice-to-text module also supports voice submission from BlackBerry® Smartphones or Windows Mobile, alongside traditional dictation hardware. The BigHand Server-side Speech Recognition add-on is part of the latest Version (3.3) of BigHand’s award-winning .NET enterprise digital dictation workflow software.
The BigHand Speech Recognition module, which utilises the Dragon NaturallySpeaking™ speech server from Nuance Communications, includes both a “Speech Recognition only” option, where the Transcription Server sends the resulting text back to the author, as well as a “Speech Recognition with proofing” option where the Transcription Server sends the resulting text to a secretary. The secretary performs any corrections, saves the document and then submits a copy of the corrected document. Once submitted the server-based speech file of the original author is upgraded, improving their results going forward. The author can still correct their own speech file if so desired.
Moving the correction of the speech file to the secretary completely removes the time burden from the author and enables no change to their current working practices. As a result, even though there is minimal training, the author’s speech file continues to improve over time. In testing the Transcription Server returned a 233 word initial recording with 178 words correctly recognized (76.4%). After the first correction, the transcription server improved to recognise 226 of the words (97%), and by the third submission the Server based system recognised 232 words (99.6%).
The overall total cost of ownership of the new back-end Speech Recognition module is estimated to be as little as one third the cost of existing digital dictation systems with client-side Speech Recognition integrations. The module is licensed per user or per server, with minimal training required, no client-side installation and, subsequently, no loss of billable time. Additional features include Citrix & Terminal Services compatibility, document templates & bookmarks, acoustic modeling, vocabularies configured in BigHand System Administration, default and custom speaker profiles for different users of BigHand, and support for distributed Transcription Servers.
Aside from the Server-side Speech Recognition module other new features within BigHand 3.3 include:
- Document attachments & links within the workflow
- New search engine & User Interface improvements
- Support for Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 R2
- 64-bit support extended to incorporate Terminal Client
- Splitting of voice files & extended external sound file support
- New & extended API for 3rd party developers
For more information regarding over 50 new features and enhancements announced in 3.3, or for price information for the Server-side Speech Recognition module, please request our ‘What's New in BigHand 3.3?’ overview by emailing email@example.com
BigHand is based out of Chicago, London, Sydney, and Toronto. BigHand is a Microsoft Gold Partner, BlackBerry ISV Partner, and was voted 'Mobile Product of the Year' at the CNet Business Technology Awards 2008. BigHand also won ‘Best of Breed System of the Year’ at the Legal Technology Awards for 2008. This year BigHand has been nominated for the 7th Annual Law Technology News (LTN) Awards, taking place on 1st Feb 2010, as ‘Dictation System of the Year’ and ‘Mobile Tool of the Year’. BigHand is also nominated at the British Legal Awards 2009, taking place 3 Dec 2009, as ‘Technology Provider of the Year’. Further information is available at www.bighand.com
Dan Speed, Marketing Director, BigHand, firstname.lastname@example.org