Text-to-speech peripheral advances hospital announcement and medical dispatch systems.
TextSpeak has released the TTS-EM-HD2, an all-inclusive voice synthesis paging and announcement product.
Targeted to deploy with unified hospital communications, the stand-alone package requires only a single digital input signal to produce spoken audio. The conversion of text data to a clear, natural-sounding voice is completely automatic.
Dynamic and real-time dispatch center information, alerts, and security warnings can be spoken from computer message queues, streaming data, or directly from typed text. The TextSpeak integrated audio amplifiers deliver the synthesized sound to paging systems, radio and video channels, or directly to a single speaker. The system is suited for hospitals, nursing facilities, parking systems, elevators, and public areas.
Medical call center dispatchers can supplement SMS, beeper, and text displays to a clear and understandable voice directly to doctors, nurses, and EMS staff. Mass notification and emergency messages can be sent and broadcast from information at remote command centers. Digital signage can be automatically upgraded to include audio announcements. In addition, visually impaired patients can be accommodated with audio announcements.
The TTS-EM offers the following benefits:
- Speech can be created from existing sources, such as computer generated SMS, beeper, digital signage data.
- Informational alerts can be preprogrammed and started with the push of a button or launched remotely by automated systems.
- Emergency vehicles can offer dynamic announcement information transmitted by radio, from stored data, or updated locally from a keyboard.
- Multilingual announcements can be generated, with precise accents, to speak directly to international visitors and patients.
- Audio messaging can be queued for sequential delivery. Real time text can be supplemented with pre-recorded messages or tones.
"The speech quality we digitally synthesize is nearly indistinguishable from a spoken human voice," said Nancy Wolfe, president of TextSpeak, in a statement. "We have removed the requirement of a PC interface and created a flexible deployment model with a suite of world languages. This will help medical services converge visual data with speech. Audio messaging improves eyes-on-patient care [and] supports unified communications at a low cost that is designed to integrate with existing hospital software and systems."
TextSpeak speech systems are currently deployed in hospitals, transportation facilities, and municipal areas worldwide. TTS-EM-HD2 versions are available as board level products and in mountable enclosures and are priced at $300 in quantities. Single unit evaluation packages are available online.
TTS-EM-HD2 World Languages include Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Korean, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Turkish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish.