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Speech Strategy News

  • Published: April 2014
  • Region: Global
  • TMA Associates

Speech Strategy News is a no-ads industry newsletter covering commercial activities driven by advanced speech and voice technology such as speech recognition and understanding, text-to-speech synthesis, voice identification, and voice assistants. William Meisel, PhD, has written Speech Strategy News monthly for over a decade; organizes the Mobile Voice Conferfence; founded and ran a speech recognition company; and contributed to basic machine intelligence technology (e.g., with a technical book on Computer Pattern Recognition).

Previous editions of Speech Strategy News are also available at the same price

Sample Table of Contents. August Issue 2011

- Nuance Dragon Go! takes mobile voice search to new levels
- Natural language interpretation tries to make relevant sites quickly available with less navigation
- Vlingo updates its mobile voice-assisted service
- Android version adds languages, improves visual interface and navigation
- West Interactive adds managed on-premise option
- Customers can use their existing infrastructure with
- West managing the IVR solution
- Loquendo releases new version of speech recognition and MRCP server
- Language model improvements for telephony, automotive, and embedded
- Editor's Notes
- Creating a consistent cross-platform user experience
- Bill Meisel, Publisher & Editor
- Online service from Loquendo allows creating a
- VoiceXML demo
- Speech technologies and VoiceXML interpreter available as a service for testing an application
- Avtex to market and implement solutions on
- Microsoft Tellme IVR service
- “Speech technology will play an important role in the next generation of communications”
- Gold Systems IVR platform integrated with
- Microsoft UC systems and services
- Vonetix 7 Voice uses Microsoft speech technologies included with Microsoft solutions
- Eckoh payment solution used by Renault and Nissan
- Automating calls such as requests for settlement amounts previously handled by agents
- Voxify develops and manages self-service applications for WestJet
- Canadian airline uses on-premise IVR system and
- Voxify cloud-based application
- Voxeo Labs launches toolkit to add voice and text messaging to mobile devices
- Support for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android 21+ phones and tablets
- VoicePort to expand its speech-enabled notification service to mobile phones
- Aided by mobile app developer Unwired Nation
- VirtualLogger post-call survey system minimizes integration issues
- Call goes through hosted service and agent is identified by speaker recognition
- Telovations offers hosted speech recognition technology for auto attendants
- Uses Lyrix Speech Assistant
- Sensory improves its hands-free speech recognition small-footprint solution
- Multiple trigger phrases and increased accuracy in noise
- Nuance provides voice capabilities in new GM OnStar retail offering
- Aftermarket device is in the form of a rearview mirror
- Mercedes-Benz outlines its vision of future driver interaction with telematics
- Voice-operated control system for audio, telephone, and navigation
- Hands-free genius button on T-Mobile mobile phone uses Nuance technology
- Many “Genius button” features accomplished entirely by voice
- New release of Kinect Sports adds hundreds of voice commands
- Developed by Rare, published by Microsoft Studios
- ROK Global gets customer wins for its multilanguage TTS for websites
- Designed to enhance website accessibility and usability
- Nuance updates Dragon Dictate for Mac
- Key feature enhancement allows editing by keyboard and mouse while dictating
- Philips dictation management software enhances speech recognition integration
- Integration with iPhone, iPad, and BlackBerry platforms
- Verdatum introduces software optimized for voice data entry into forms
- Works with existing forms on smartphones, pad computers, and PCs
- Neurotechnology introduces voice identification technology
- Text-dependent phrase matching verifies both the voice and the passphrase
- DARPA awards contract to SRI for robust speech processing software
- To be used with degraded and noisy speech to find keywords
- AVIOS speech conference in Israel draws both academia and industry
- An international audience and presenters 16 Interview with Jonathan Taylor, Voxeo
- Interview with Marcus Graham, GM Voices
- VUI Visions
- Increasing IVR Utilization for Mobile Phone Users
- Daniel O'Sullivan, Interactive Digital
- News briefs
- Nuance expands self-service mobile developer program to Australia
- CCXML published as a W3C recommendation
- Aims Community College adopts AVST's CallXpress 8 voicemail system, with speech recognition “a driving factor”
- Anchor Bank selects the Interactive Intelligence Group IP communications software suite
- Nuance behind new reservations system for US Airways
- Multilingual Europe Technology Alliance meets to further European language technology development and cooperation, honors Loquendo
- Microsoft's Ballmer reaffirms commitment to Bing search and natural language technology in search—
- “Nothing really understands verbs today”
- Draft of Media Resource Control Protocol Version 2 available for review
- Ford adds live operator assistance, accessible by voice command, to Ford Sync services
- Yap behind Spanish language voicemail-to-text from MetroPCS
- Verizon Wireless no longer offers unlimited data plans to new subscribers, but retains unlimited voice call plans
- Voice control for small cars, too, in new Kia Picanto
- Published review concludes link between cancer and cellphones unlikely
- Mobile app turns speech into song
- Microsoft's Bing for iPad adds touch-to-search feature
- AT&T Interactive to offer local mobile ads
- Pioneer beta-testing voice-interactive social app integrated with its navigation system
- YouMail's visual voicemail has answered more than one billion calls
- Verizon Wireless offers LG Cosmos mobile phone
- Telecommunications Industry Association urges US budget negotiations to include spectrum auctions
- Apple patent application suggests part of their approach to speech interactions
- Voice access to Zune music through Microsoft Kinect coming in the fall
- MapmyIndia's GPS navigators to pronounce Indian street names using Nuance TTS
- M*Modal speech recognition and understanding part of
- DrCronocom iPad Electronic Health Record app
- Voicebrook demonstrates integration of its pathology reporting solution with Nuance Dragon speech recognition
- PatientClick eases use of Electronic Medical Record systems with speech recognition from Nuance
- Accentus enhances its medical document management solution
- Grundig Business Systems dictation device is connected and uses speech recognition for entering alphanumeric dictation IDs
- SoliCall network echo cancellation, noise reduction, and voice quality improvement products used by Herit in its Flash Media Server
- Akshar Speech Technologies releases beta version of
- Indian text-to-speech for Windows
- Online English teaching service adds features, including TTS for hearing words and speech recognition for scoring pronunciation
- TTS app reads text aloud on Windows systems, with use of speech recognition to select text to be read
- eXtrapola and Loquendo create a talking newsletter for Italian business newspaper
- Raytheon BBN Technologies to explore how the brain processes massive amounts of fragmented data, with view toward automating analysis of intelligence and other data
- Three UK universities embark on conversation recognition research project
- BBC to sponsor audio research with five UK universities
- Quizletcom adds Loquendo TTS to its online study site for language learning
- Predictive text and TTS help students with writing in software from goQ
- iSpeech develops audio reader for Elsevier's SciVerse applications
- Txtlocal adds features to assistive technology that aids speech creation
- HIMS adds voice control to its audio system for blind and visually impaired people
- Voice Assist and Adaptel Communications partner to provide services for visually impaired
- Kirusa Voice SMS processes 250 million calls in one month
- 8x8 adds video conferencing to its cloud solutions for SMBs
- Cross-platform HD VoIP calling available from Spirit DSP as they add an Android version
- Statistics and Surveys
- Global CRM market to grow by $13 billion in 2011, contact center market to rebound to 54% year-overyear growth in 2011
- Small office spend on broadband IP telephony projected to increase 83% from 2010-2015
- Driving distractions, primarily by cell phones and other electronic devices, are associated with up to 25% of
- US car crashes
- Construction industry conscious of distracted driving issues
- Global smartphone shipments to reach one billion annually by 2016
- Report: Emerging markets will contribute majority of smartphone sales through 2015
- Low-income individuals are buying smartphones at levels comparable with higher-income groups
- Global consumer survey shows heavy usage of mobile devices to research or purchase a product
- Mobile payments users to reach 25 billion globally by 2015
- 2012 marketing budget plans are shifting towards social media and mobile
- Number of users making mobile payments to reach 25 billion by 2015
- Downloads from Apple App Store reach a remarkable 15 billion
- Mobile cloud enterprise revenues forecast to reach $39 billion by 2016 as operators roll out unified communications offerings
- Hospital Information Systems market to grow at a CAGR of 10% to reach about $147 billion by 2017, including speech recognition support
- Vocalabs Tech Support Tracking Survey released covering Apple, Dell, and HP
- Financial Notes
- MedQuist buys M*Modal, medical speech recognition provider, for $130 million
- West Corporation reports increased quarterly revenue of $6228 million
- Nuance acquires Wedmedx
- Nuance extends credit agreement
- Interactive Intelligence completes holding company reorganization and acquires CallTime Solutions, reports Q2 revenues up 34% to $520 million
- Interactions Corp raises $12 million in venture round
- Verint Systems to acquire Vovici
- Convergys sells cellular assets for cash
- Voiceserve reports revenue of $44 million for fiscal 2011
- Motorola announces Q2 sales up 6%, adds quarterly dividend
- Qualcomm acquires gesture recognition assets
- Nortel patent portfolio sold to consortium of Apple, EMC, Ericsson, Microsoft, Research In Motion, and Sony
- Apple sales and profits soar in quarterly report
- 8x8 reports record revenue of $185 million
- Zarlink Board of Directors announces review of strategic alternatives
- Aspect closes previously announced acquisition of Corsidian
- Greenway Medical Technologies files for IPO
- Fonix to spin-off Fonix Speech Inc as SpeechFX, Inc, offering embedded speech recognition and TTS
- Online healthcare documentation and training center, TRS Institute, to operate as arm of the American Healthcare Documentation Professionals Group
- People
- MedQuist Holdings hires Roger L (Vern) Davenport as Chairman and CEO
- Kirusa names Atanu Mandal as Managing Director India
- Qualcomm appoints Matt Grob as Chief Technology Officer
- LinguaSys names Meta Brown General Manager, Text Analytics Division 45"

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