Horizon Technical Consulting Releases its StenoCast Line of Wireless Realtime Products to the Court, Deposition and C.A.R.T Reporting Profession.

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The StenoCast X1 allows court, deposition and Computer-Aided Realtime reporters to send their steno notes wirelessly from their steno machines to their computers. The StenoCast X7 allows court, deposition or Computer-Aided Realtime reporters to transmit their realtime feed to up to seven additional computers wirelessly.

It is rare indeed when a product designed for a niche market - say, for example, court or deposition reporters - not only meets a longstanding need, but at the same time makes said court reporter even more invaluable to the legal community. To those of you unfamiliar, since the advent of computer-aided transcription, court reporters have been tethered, literally, from their steno machines to their computers. There was just no way around it. To produce a realtime transcription, they had to be connected via cables.

Fortunately, Horizon Technical Consulting, a small computer consulting firm based in San Diego, has released two products that will literally revolutionize that industry. The first device, the StenoCast X1, allows the reporter to stray up to 30 feet from their computer, yet connect wirelessly to their computer system without missing a stroke. Their StenoCast X1 device connects to almost any steno machine, which then will transmit wirelessly to almost any IBM-compatible computer system running Windows 98 SE, ME, 2000 and XP. There is no need to purchase a brand-new steno machine just to upgrade to wireless. Gone forever are the days of connecting/disconnecting for sidebar conferences, setting up a deposition that is more convenient for the equipment than the reporter or, most frighteningly, the absent-minded attorney or litigant taking a shortcut between the reporter and his or her equipment. Tragedy is always just a footstep away.

The StenoCast X1 device is so simple, yet secure. It literally takes just a minute or two for the one-time setup. But don’t let the simplicity fool you. It is sophisticated in that it allows the reporter, and only the reporter, to receive the steno notes.

The second device being released is the StenoCast X7. No longer The Cable Guy or Gal with a Stenograph machine, but a completely wireless system that allows for up to seven simultaneous realtime connections. Imagine a deposition or courtroom setting with seven attorneys, all receiving the realtime feed, and not a wire in sight. Plug in an additional X7 device, and there are seven additional connections. The X7 works with the most popular litigation support software, such as LiveNote, Summation and Binder.

Imagine the possibilities for C.A.R.T. (Computer-Aided Realtime) reporters, the professionals who bring closed-captioning or realtime to the deaf in classrooms and other public events throughout the country.

The same security and ease-of-use is built into the StenoCast X7. The wireless signal is encrypted automatically and requires a password - a password supplied by the court reporter. If an attorney wants the realtime transcription, it must be at the court reporter’s direction.

The complete StenoCast X1 is sold for $229 - actually $199 until December 31st, 2004. The StenoCast X7 is $399 (including one StenoCast Secure X wireless receiver), and just $29.95 for each additional Secure X wireless receiver. Each attorney or party wanting to receive the wireless realtime feed will need a wireless receiver, a one-time purchase for $29.95.

These innovative products, among a few others, can be purchased online at http://www.stenocast.com or by calling toll free 800.961.9862. They are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Online Live Chat representatives are available to answer any questions you may have or assist with any technical support issues. Toll-free 24-hour technical support is also available at no charge for the X7 device, but almost every question can be answered simply by a quick trip to their website.

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