WESTERN Australian telecommunications company Southern Group signed a licensing deal with Philips Electronics this week 10 years ago, expected to revolutionise the computer industry by making court stenographers, Hansard reporters and typists obsolete. Southern Group was to produce a computer with the ability to store the spoken word and reproduce it on a screen, in voice or as a text by melding its digital storage technology with Philips’ voice recognition software. Southern Group chairman Frank Carr told the ASX it was the first time continuous speech could be processed, transcribed, stored and printed entirely by voice. The company was recently awarded a $330,000 contract to supply its CourtSmart system to the new Magistrates Court in Canberra.
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