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BigHand launches server based speech recognition module

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BigHand  has launched an innovative new server-based speech recognition module that is specifically aimed at organisations looking to further streamline administrative overheads, or support an upturn in work.

The new voice-to-text speech recognition module also supports voice submission from BlackBerry Smartphones or Windows Mobile, alongside traditional dictation hardware. The BigHand server-side speech recognition module 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 uses the Dragon NaturallySpeaking speech server from Nuance Communications that includes a Speech Recognition only option as well as a “Speech Recognition with proofing” option. The Speech Recognition only works where the Transcription Server sends the resulting text back to the author and the Speech Recognition with proofing works where the Transcription Server sends the resulting text to a secretary.

Any corrections can be performed by the secretary and the document saved and then a copy of the corrected document is submitted. 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.

The time burden is removed from the author by moving the correction of the speech file to the secretary and enables no change to current working practices, resulting in minimal training and the author’s speech file improving over time. In testing the Transcription Server returned a 233 word initial recording with 178 words correctly recognised (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 speech recognition module is licensed per user or per server, with no client-side installation and subsequently, no loss of billable time. Additional features of the speech recognition module include Citrix and Terminal Services compatibility, document templates and bookmarks, vocabularies configured in BigHand System Administration, acoustic modelling, 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:

  • 64-bit support extended to incorporate Terminal Client 
  • Document attachments & links within the workflow 
  • New and extended API for 3rd party developers
  • New search engine & User Interface improvements 
  • Support for Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 R2 
  • Splitting of voice files & extended external sound file support 

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