what3words Partners with Speechmatics
what3words has partnered with Speechmatics to create an end-to-end speech recognition and post-processing application programming interface (API).
The what3words Voice API allows users to say three words into any application or service, with it returning the what3words address and corresponding GPS coordinates, all through a single API call. The Speechmatics integration provides speech recognition and machine learning capabilities that enable new what3words languages to be built on demand.
what3words has divided the world into a grid of 3million squares and given each square a unique address made of three words. It enables people to identify and share any precise location using just three words. what3words is an addressing system optimized for voice input.
For customers who want to enable what3words-only voice search, this single API removes the need to fuse together multiple APIs.
"The what3words Voice API, in partnership with Speechmatics, means that what3words address searches by voice can now all be done in this single product. This makes it the ideal solution for apps and services that want to enable simple address entry via voice, without the speech recognition ambiguity associated with address search through traditional ASR systems," said Chris Sheldrick, CEO and co-founder of what3words, in a statement.
"Speechmatics enables its partners to innovate with voice by providing accurate speech recognition regardless of your accent and can learn new languages on demand. We're delighted to supportwhat3words in the launch of our combined API. Using automatic speech recognition to unlock the value in voice data is becoming more widespread, and we are excited about the potential for our technology to help what3words create a new global standard for addresses," said John Milliken, CEO of Speechmatics, in a statement.
The what3words Voice API powered by Speechmatics currently supports English, Mandarin, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, German, Arabic, and Spanish.