Woman’s and Children’s Hospital Installs Acoustic Magic’s Voice Tracker™ Array Microphones for handsfree recording in pathology cut-up room

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North Adelaide, Australia – March 10, 2005 – Women’s and Children’s Hospital needed a recording solution for its pathology cutup room that was hands-free and could pickup the doctors from several feet away. They chose the Acoustic Magic Voice Tracker™ array microphone and Lexacom Talk & Type digital dictation management software. The Voice Tracker’s long-range allowed the doctor to be recorded as he moved around the table. Lexacom’s foot pedal control completed the hands-free operation. The recording computers were no longer required to be near the pathologists.

Dr. Tony Bourne of Woman’s and Children’s Hospital noted “this solution was so effective that we implemented it in the mortuary as well, with equally good results. In the Mortuary, the microphone is attached to the ceiling, several feet above the bench. Both microphones are separated by some metres from the computers, which are linked through the hospital network to the secretarial workstations. The system has worked very well for us and our secretarial staff indicate that the quality of the dictation is much improved over our old tape based system.”

Karl Francois, National Solutions Manager for Voice Perfect Systems, who worked with Women’s and Children’s Hospital on this application, noted “when Voice Perfect first looked at the Voice Tracker™, it was originally intended to be used with Dragon NaturallySpeaking™ speech recognition software as a desktop microphone option. Since then we’ve been able to apply it to video conferencing, as well as meetings, interviews and clean room recording. It certainly has proved how incredibly versatile this product can be in any application requiring a powerful, long-range microphone.”

Bob Feingold, CEO of Acoustic Magic, notes that “The Voice Tracker™ is unique in its capability of scanning a full 180 degrees and of picking up talkers at ranges of 25 feet or more.”

The Voice Tracker™ locates a talker and electronically steers a “listening beam,” like an acoustic searchlight, in that direction. This creates spatial filtering; sounds and reverberation from other parts of the room are not picked up. In addition, digital noise reduction processing removes background noise. This two-stage noise reduction, coupled with the sensitivity of eight microphone elements, gives the Voice Tracker™ outstanding range and sound quality.

About Voice Perfect Systems. Voice Perfect Systems is a 100% Australian owned company, formed in early 1994 to address the growing interest for large vocabulary speech dictation for computer users. Recognizing the potential for speech recognition systems, Voice Perfect became one of the pioneering distributors of speech activated dictation software. For additional information, visit www.voiceperfect.com or contact Karl Francois (karl.francois@voiceperfect.com).

About Acoustic Magic, Inc. Acoustic Magic, Inc., located near Boston, manufactures the Voice Trackertm desktop microphone that has found application in speech recognition, meeting and transcription recording, VoIP and conventional teleconferencing, voice control for home automation, and security surveillance. The Voice Tracker™ Array microphone has been Certified by Dragon and ViaVoice speech recognition software, HomeSeer and HAL Home Automation software, as well as WinScribe and SoniClear dictation recording software. For additional information, visit www.Acoustic Magic.com or Contact Us Here.

About Women’s and Children’s Hospital. The Women’s and Children’s Hospital (WCH) provides state of the art health care for women and children in Adelaide and South Australia. Each year, more than 30,000 people are admitted and around 4000 babies are born at the Hospital. In addition around 250,000 people come to the Hospital as outpatients.