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Nuance raises the bar in speech recognition with latest technology

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Nuance Communicationshas announced a new suite of speech recognition software that delivers improved productivity and up to 24 percent greater accuracy.

The Dragon Professional software for PC and Mac comes with a host of new features including enhanced recorded audio transcription.

The new Dragon releases are Dragon Professional Individual, version 15 and Dragon Professional Individual for Mac, version 6. Both feature powerful dictation, transcription and customisation capabilities. The new releases follow the well-received recent updates to Dragon Legal Australian and Dragon Legal New Zealand software.

With Deep Learning technology at the core of its speech engine, Dragon delivers increased accuracy for even more users, with an enhanced ability to learn individuals’ voice patterns and accents, and deftly adapt to acoustics in open office or mobile environments.

This latest Dragon release marks the first time Deep Learning capabilities can run embedded on a personal computer leveraging a users’ speech data to improve their own language and acoustic model.

"Deep Learning is a powerful pattern recognition technique inspired by the way the human brain learns and interprets sensory input, which Nuance has leveraged to advance accuracy across our speech recognition technologies, including Dragon,” said Vlad Sejnoha, Chief Technology Officer, Nuance Communications.

New breakthrough

“Training such Deep Neural Net models typically requires large amounts of training data and a high-performance computing environment. However, our new Dragon portfolio includes our latest breakthrough that allows Dragon’s Deep Neural Nets to continuously learn from the user’s speech during use on a standard personal computer, and drive accuracy rates in some instances up to 24 percent higher.

The new Dragon also brings with it advanced transcription, powerful customisation, and an improved ability to work with portable touchscreen PCs, extending the benefits of speech recognition to more mobile use cases and environments.

As a result, documents are completed with higher accuracy in a fraction of the time, giving professionals across a number of industries – such as legal, public safety, social services and education – the ability to focus more on mission-critical tasks.

Dragon Professional Individual, version 15, designed for Windows,delivers additional usability and performance enhancements.

Features include:

  • Optimisation for popular touchscreen PCs
  • Formatting and other recognition improvements to minimise post-editing
  • Simplified set-up and improved user interface
  • Enhanced support for recorded audio transcription, with streamlined set-up and improved profile management
  • Expanded support, including full voice-driven editing, formatting, and command and control within popular desktop and web applications for business
  • Contextual guidance tailored to user behaviour, as well as improved help to get new users up to speed quickly or for existing users to easily further discover the power of Dragon.

With Dragon Professional Individual for Mac, version 6, professionals can quickly and accurately complete documentation and reporting on the Mac with accuracy improvements of up to 26 percent. And no training is required.

The solution features contextual guidance tailored to an individual’s usage, as well as improved help to get new users up to speed quickly or for existing users to easily further discover the power of Dragon.It also offers a transcription Batch Mode to save time transcribing multiple audio files.

Advanced capabilities

Dragon Professional Individual for Mac also empowers users to work even more quickly and accurately by voice with support for Full Text Control within the latest business applications.Nuance_DragonPI-v15_

Dragon Professional Individual for Mac leverages Apple’s Accessibility API to support Apple Pages, Apple Keynote, Apple Numbers, Microsoft Outlook 2016, and Scrivener, among others. 

“This latest suite of professional productivity solutions brings with it some of the most advanced capabilities to drive documentation productivity – with higher accuracy, speed and efficiency,” said Peter Mahoney, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Dragon.

“With Dragon’s optimisation for portable touchscreen PCs, professionals are able to keep up with documentation demands from just about anywhere their business takes them.”

Dragon Professional Individual will be available for download in English in Asia Pacific markets on September 1, with products available by mid-September. Registered customers will receive details of special upgrade pricing and Dragon value-added partners can also assist customers with upgrades.

Dragon Professional Individual for Mac will be available for download in English in Asia Pacific markets on September 1, with special upgrade pricing available to registered customers. Dragon value-added partners can also assist customers with upgrades.

For more information visit: www.nuance.com

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