BigHand Speech Recognition Module Expedites Out-of-Hours Document Production

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BigHand’s integrated Speech Recognition Module enables authors to dictate using their smartphone and receive text back via email, expediting out-of-hours document production.

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I have only had the “text to email” for a few weeks but already, I would be very reluctant to lose it. The first time I used it, it produced an email in a fraction of the time that it would have taken me to type on my BlackBerry.

BigHand, the leading voice productivity vendor in the professional services and public sector community, has today announced that over 80 firms have implemented BigHand’s integrated Server-based Speech Recognition module to improve productivity. Authors are able to record their dictation via the desktop or mobile device such as BlackBerry®, iPhone® or Windows® phone, and send direct to the Dragon NaturallySpeaking™ speech server from Nuance Communications. Text is returned to the author via email or sent to an assistant for proofing, improving productivity on-the-go.

William Chetwood, Partner at specialist shipping law firm Bentleys, Stokes and Lowless submits dictation via BlackBerry to the Speech Recognition server to improve out-of-hours productivity. Chetwood comments:

“Being able to dictate into my BlackBerry and have the text back by email a few minutes later is perhaps the most exciting BigHand development since it introduced me to digital dictation. The major drawback to speech recognition has always been the training time – few busy lawyers feel they have time to do this. The beauty of server based speech recognition is that the training can be taken away from the lawyer and performed by a secretary in the ordinary course of producing documents.

I have only had the “text to email” for a few weeks but already, I would be very reluctant to lose it. The first time I used it, it produced an email in a fraction of the time that it would have taken me to type on my BlackBerry. The following weekend, whilst at home, I produced an arbitration pleading entirely by BlackBerry dictation/speech recognition, saving me a 3 hour round trip to the office. Accuracy is consistently high. We will be rolling this out to more lawyers who need to work out of hours as soon as possible.”

BigHand’s Speech Recognition Module and mobility apps for BlackBerry, iPhone and Windows phone can significantly improve productivity for legal and professional services firms. Any firm interested in a free speech recognition user assessment should email enquiry(at)bighand(dot)com.

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About BigHand
The BigHand Group supports over 120,000 professionals globally, across 1,250 organisations, and is based out of London, Chicago, Sydney and Toronto. BigHand is a Microsoft Gold Partner, BlackBerry ISV Partner, and was voted ‘Dictation System of the Year’ at the 7th Annual Law Technology News (LTN) Awards 2009. BigHand was also nominated at the British Legal Awards 2009 as ‘Technology Provider of the Year’. Additionally, BigHand won 'Mobile Product of the Year' at the CNet Business Technology Awards 2008. Further info is available at http://www.bighand.com.

Contact:
Jo Greenway, UK Marketing Manager, BigHand Ltd, jo(dot)greenway(at)bighand(dot)com

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