Imagine a pilot in command of an aircraft conversing with the air-traffic controller, and in a jiffy the text of their conversation magically appears on their iPads. Or, a judge reading out a lengthy verdict, even as the transcript gets ready almost immediately. Uniphore Software Systems, a Chennai-headquartered speech recognition firm, is working toward making such scenarios real.
“We want to be a Google for speech recognition services,” says Umesh Sachdev, Uniphore’s co-founder and CEO. He says everyone – from farmers and IT firms – needs voice-based solutions. And it already has a few products that can serve some of these constituents, including a Siri-like virtual assistant called Akeira.