Orlando, Florida (PRWEB) October 7, 2007
Adacel, an industry leader in aviation speech recognition technology, software integration, and simulation announced today that it has been selected by Boeing to provide a Voice Activated Cockpit (VAC) interface to be used in human factors research and development studies for the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter.
Adacel will provide a modified version of the system being developed for the F35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter.
The Adacel VAC system will provide the pilot and weapons system operator with the capability to interact with avionics functions using voice commands as an alternative to manual input. Adacel's VAC system does not require "individual" voice training, and has demonstrated very high accuracy in demanding noise environments similar to that found in the Apache.
The voice recognition interface has the potential to significantly optimize the work load of the Apache crew, allowing more focus on the primary mission and less time spent on aircraft administration. Voice commands will reduce the need for the pilots to remove their hands from any of the flight controls, providing additional safety benefits, particularly in poor visibility conditions. Boeing is currently evaluating voice-activated controls for potential inclusion in a future version of the Apache.
"It is very rewarding to find that once again Adacel has been selected for a program that is at the cutting edge of voice recognition technology for aviation," said Fred Sheldon, Adacel CEO North America. "We are seeing an increased interest in both the military and civil aviation communities as demonstrated by a number of recent contract awards. We have built a strong foundation of technology and speech recognition development tools that enable us to produce very high accuracy levels in environments that most people would consider very challenging."
Adacel (ASX: ADA) is a global software technology and systems integrator. The company is a leading developer of critical aviation, speech recognition, and defense simulation and security systems for government and commercial enterprises. Support services are available for all products including full-time, on-site operation and maintenance.
Adacel was established in 1987. The company's products can be found around the world. Adacel's North American operations are headquartered in Orlando, Florida and have offices in Washington, D.C., Montreal Canada, and Melbourne, Australia.
For more information visit the company's website at http://www.adacel.com
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