Cellnet is to add three additional services to its mobile phone network: a dictation service, recorded traffic information and news alerts for football fans.
The phone operator will this month begin trialling a service to allow users to create emails, faxes and other documents by dictating into their handsets. The message is then be translated into text within three hours using a speech recognition software from Speech Machines which is based on the Cellnet network. Start-up Speech Machines developed the software with the UK?s Defence Evaluation and Research Agency.
Mike von Grey, chief executive of Speech Machines, said: ?Our aim is to make speech recognition an essential element of business process by making it universally accessible. This association with Cellnet is a key part of this.? The trial will run until the spring.
Cellnet is also collaborating with Traffic Master, which provides live traffic information, to launch Cellnet Traffic Line. Information on traffic conditions is gathered via a nationwide network of infrared bridge mounted sensors. When the average speed of traffic drops below 30 miles per hour, a signal is sent via Traffic Master to a Cellnet receiver unit mounted on the user?s car windscreen.
If the light on the unit is red the user can press a fast-dial number on their hands-free handset for a detailed report.
The operator will next week also launch Genie Radio, a service based on its Genie Internet information service. Users can specify their favourite football teams on the Genie Web site and receive news on all wheeling and dealings via their mobile phones.
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