Philips Speech Recognition Technology Chosen by Danish Parliament

VIENNA, Austria - The Danish parliament chose Royal Philips Electronics' speech recognition technology SpeechMagic in an EU tender and will integrate it into the parliament's Official Report publishing system.

The Danish parliament aims to publish 85 percent of all reports on the Internet within two or three hours after a speech has been held. Philips will deliver the SpeechMagic Software Development Kit as well as a special ConText (vocabulary) for the Danish parliament. The Philips partners Prolog Development Center A/S and Max Manus A/S will provide the speech recognition application, powered by SpeechMagic™, as part of the solution delivered by IT service provider TietoEnator, which also includes workflow analysis and system usability. Starting in May 2006, project completion is planned for October 2007.

The Danish parliament has decided to introduce speech recognition in parallel with a cross-disciplinary collaboration project initiated by the Danish Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. This project includes live television subtitling which enables the hearing impaired to follow important political events and current affairs programs on TV.

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