Citizens, journalists and others seeking quick access to speeches by Danish parliamentarians could appreciate a new speech-recognition system planned by the government.
Koninklijke Philips Electronics will supply its SpeechMagic speech-recognition system to the Danish parliament, which will integrate the technology into its official report-publishing systems, the Dutch manufacturer said Thursday.
With the speech-recognition system, the parliament aims to publish about 85 percent of all speeches on the Internet in written form within three hours after they have been given.
Philips will deliver its SpeechMagic Software Development Kit and ConText, a special vocabulary software. The electronics company, based in Amsterdam, is collaborating with Prolog Development and Max Manus to develop a speech-recognition application that will be tailored to the needs of the Danish parliament.
The SpeechMagic Software Development Kit supports 23 languages. It is currently deployed in more than 8,000 sites in 45 countries.
-John Blau, IDG News Service (Dusseldorf Bureau)
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