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24 March, 2021 - 12:38 By Tony Quested

Clear blue skies as Speechmatics cracks Microsoft Azure

Speechmatics, a Cambridge-based UK leader in any-context speech recognition technology has launched on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace. The company’s award-winning automatic speech recognition technology enables users to utilise the leading ASR engine directly through Microsoft Azure.  

Organisations and enterprises in the UK, US and EU can make better data-driven decisions, improve efficiency and surface new opportunities by understanding voice data insights – such as metadata and sentiment. Speechmatics is acknowledged as offering unrivalled accuracy, language coverage and secure deployment flexibility.  

Automating mundane tasks, such as transcription, is vital to streamline business operations and manage business growth. 

Speech recognition technology is the foundation to transforming high volumes of structured and unstructured voice data automatically and efficiently into text.

ASR provides businesses with searchable, actionable data that was previously inaccessible or too time-consuming to obtain from audio files.

The ability to consume Speechmatics’ any-context speech recognition engine directly in the Microsoft Azure technology stack enables businesses to start using the technology quickly without barriers to adoption. 

James Chadwick at Microsoft said: “We’re thrilled to be working with Speechmatics and that its any-context speech recognition engine is now available on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace. Our customers now have easy access to Speechmatics’ use-case and market agnostic, highly accurate speech-to-text in over 30 languages.” 

David Keene, chief marketing officer at Speechmatics added: “The ability to integrate our engine via Microsoft Azure opens up a simple way for businesses to gain access to speech recognition technology. The Microsoft Azure platform provides its customers with solutions that are reliable and we are thrilled to now be available on the Marketplace. 

“Speechmatics is the most accurate, any-context speech recognition engine on the market, whilst also offering a broad range of languages and global language models which sets us apart from the competition.” 

Speechmatics processes millions of hours of transcription worldwide every month in 30+ languages.  

Having pioneered machine learning voice engineering, Speechmatics is enabling companies to build applications that detect and transcribe voice in any context and in real-time.

Its neural networks consider acoustics, languages, dialects, multiple speakers, punctuation, capitalisation, context and implicit meanings. In 2019 Speechmatics received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Innovation. ​ The company’s offices are based in Cambridge, UK, Denver, USA, Chennai, India and Brno, Czech Republic.  

The Microsoft Azure cloud platform comprises more than 200 products and cloud services designed to help organisations bring new solutions to life. 

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