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Posts Tagged ‘ASR’

Webinar Examines Whether ASR Captions Effectively Accommodate Deaf People

Though automatic speech recognition (ASR) technology has improved in recent years, it still doesn’t match the quality of captions provided by human captioners and speech-to-text professionals − and individuals who are deaf are paying the price. That was among the takeaways from a webinar hosted by the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes (NDC) that…

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Captions with a Human Touch

Captioning has become central to media consumption in the United States − whether via traditional broadcast, social media channels, or through streaming media − and it continues to grow across all platforms. From the conference room to the classroom to the living room, captioning makes information attainable and retainable for tens of millions people of…

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VITAC Files Support of FCC Petition on Caption Quality Metrics, ASR Rulemaking

VITAC supports a petition before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that asks that the commission develop objective, technology- and methodology-neutral metrics for live captioning quality, and issue a declaratory ruling on the use of automatic speech recognition (ASR) technologies. Specifically, the petition asks that the FCC issue a ruling explaining how the commission’s “best practices”…

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FCC Considering Unsupervised ASR for Captioned Telephone Service

The Federal Communications Commission is considering applications by three companies seeking to provide Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service (IP CTS) solely via automatic speech recognition technologies. Applications were filed by VTCSecure, LLC, MachineGenius, Inc., and Clarity Products, LLC to provide IP CTS calls using automatic speech recognition (ASR) without the presence of a trained human…

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The Human Art of Captioning

For some, closed captions are simply those words that flow across the bottom of televisions that describe the on-screen dialogue and action. But for nearly 50 million Americans in the deaf and hard of hearing community, captions are so much more — they are an important connection to a world that many in the hearing…

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