A voice-recognition product has been unveiled that would allowice. managers to orally impose office rules and workflow procedures on tasks, even while they are out of the office.
The UK workflow specialist BEI Metastorm told PC Week that its SpeechWorks product integrates the company's e-Work engine with voice recognition software from Philips.
The system enables the automatic routing of dictated documents to people and through software processes according to business rules that can be defined and templated by using the package's workflow capacities.
For example, a manager could dictate a letter into the system, which could route it through software to add a letterhead and place the data into a standard template.
Then the software could send the material on to a secretary to have any errors corrected before being authorised by a junior manager and finally forwarded to the post room, the company said.
This and other processes for different types of documents (such as reports, expense claims and requisition forms) can be set up to ensure that work is produced following company procedures. The software can generate reports to managers even if part of the process fails.
Jon Summers, BEI's director of operations, told PC Week: "Obviously, for many people speech is the ideal method of creating a document. Often these people are busy, or don't like using the keyboard. It seemed logical to us that there should be some way of applying those documents to an organisation's processes."
The product is expected to ship in about a month. Summers said it will be distributed both by BEI and Philips' distribution channel.
A five-user licence is likely to cost £1,000 to £1,500.
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