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Speech history

  • 1954First dictation machine produced

    Philips Speech Processing Solutions founded in Vienna, Austria and the first dictation machine produced.
  • 1957First cassette-based dictation machine

    First cassette-based dictation machine produced.
  • 1966First Mini-Cassette invented

    First Mini-Cassette invented (industry standard since decades)
  • 1991Digital dictation system Voice System 4000

    Launch of digital dictation system Voice System 4000, which rapidly becomes a standard in hospitals worldwide
  • 1995Philips dictation and SpeechNote

    Launch of first Philips dictation and transcription workflow software SpeechNote.
  • 1997Philips SpeechMike

    Launch of first digital dictation microphone with PC navigation - Philips SpeechMike
  • 2000The 100,000,000th Mini-Cassette

    The 100,000,000th Mini-Cassette manufactured.
  • 2001Digital Pocket Memo 9300

    Integrated modular digital dictation hardware and software solutions for professional use: portable Digital Pocket Memo 9300 launched.
  • 2003VoiceTracer

    Introduction of the first digital VoiceTracer audio recorder for note taking.
  • 2005SpeechExec

    Launch of the first version of SpeechExec dictation and transcription software.
  • 2007SpeechExec Enterprise

    Launch of the first version of SpeechExec Enterprise dictation workflow solution.
  • 2013Pocket Memo 8000 series

    Launch of the all new Pocket Memo 8000 series.
  • 2014SpeechLive

    Launch of the first SpeechLive cloud dictation solution.
  • 2016SpeechAir

    Launch of Philips SpeechAir – first portable Philips dictation recorder with a WiFi function.
  • 2017SpeechMike Premium Air

    Launch of first wireless SpeechMike Premium dictation microphone
  • 2019New Leadership Principles

    Introduction of new leadership principles: Ownership, Talent and Transparency
  • 2018SpeechOne

    Launch of SpeechOne – The first Philips dictation headset.
  • 2019Agile working

    Introduction of new corporate culture which embraces agile working
  • 2020Software as a service (SaaS)

    All-encompassing move to provide all dictation and transcription solutions as a service.
  • 2020Objectives and Key Results (OKRs)

    Introduction of company-wide OKRs and increasing transparency and effectiveness inside the organisation
  • 2020SmartMike AI Conversation Microphone

    Launch of unique conversation solution using patented artificial intelligence which identifies and separates speakers for ultra-accurate transcripts
  • 2020Software development moves in-house

    Move to insource software development for strategic reasons and improved solution and app development.
  • 2020Breakthrough in SpeechLive Sales

    SpeechLive web dictation and transcription solution sees user numbers double
  • 2021Acquisition of 4Voice AG

    Acquisition of major German voice technology reseller 4Voice to strengthen our market position and leadership in professional dictation and speech-to-text solutions
  • 2021Dragon Medical One distribution partner

    Official Nuance distribution partner for DMO speech recognition
  • 2021SpeechLive Speech-to-text (STT) feature

    Launch of new fair-use speech recognition flat rate package for SpeechLive users