TERA takes the spotlight

T-Meeting’s revolutionary TERA smart-phone app was the star of the company’s annual conference in Sweden.

TERA, which converts speech to text and vice versa with near-complete accuracy and no delays, was demonstrated to the conference delegates, converting a call made to a United States Inland Revenue Service automated help line for overseas residents.

TERA converted the speech instantaneously with no errors, giving the 80+ delegates a taste of the groundbreaking app that is set to usher in a new era of communication for people with hearing and speech disabilities, and has applications in the wider communication arena.

Keynote speakers at the 2017 conference, held in Malmö on November 22-23, included Victoria Manning, director of strategy at Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand - who was also the keynote speaker at the 2017 World Federation of the Deaf conference in Budapest - who described the seven-year campaign to establish a telecommunications relay service in New Zealand.

Doctors Andreas Dobrescu and Tudor Dobrescu from the Swedish nationwide Tudorkliniken medical practice told delegates about the breakthrough Voxeyes application that enables remote healthcare for everyone in the country through easy accessibility to sign interpreters and speech-text and text-speech support.

Other speakers included representatives from the Swedish National Association of the Deaf, counsellors working with older Deaf people, and the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration talking about its video interpreting service and projected future demands from groups with communication disabilities.

T-Meeting International Business Co-ordinator Paul Buckrell said delegates included service users, clients and regulators so the annual conferences were about how technology was used in practical terms, not just about the company.

"We presented speakers who broadened the perspective on how to use T-Meeting technology in society to make it better," he said.

"Our view is that we need to help those planning or upgrading their relay-type communications systems to understand what the options are and what it’s going to look like now and in the future."

The conference programme is here.