Not quite three months after launching the FreeSpeech 2000, a PC-based speech recognition software package in partnership with retailer Harvey Norman, Philips Speech Processing yesterday announced a distribution arrangement with Dataflow Computer Services.
According to the agreement, Dataflow will distribute Philips' speech recognition products, including Digital Voice Tracer and SpeechMike Pro, which is described as an enhanced dictation microphone.
"The fact that Dataflow is investing in our speech recognition products is the best indication of the market acceptance and anticipated demand," said Frank van der Woude, general manager of Philips Speech Processing, Australia and New Zealand.
While the distributor is widely regarded as a specialist in the retail sector, van der Woude added that it is exploring opportunities for the technology in education and other vertical markets such as health and legal.
"Philips is an incredibly strong partner for Dataflow to align ourselves with in a market segment with enormous growth potential," said Michael Touma, Dataflow's managing director.