TERA uses artificial intelligence to convert speech to text, and text into speech, in real time. It’s a communication revolution.
It is the world's first solution for complete communication for all groups who cannot use a normal telephone. It is available on tablets and smart phones as an application.
This Over The Top (OTT) app builds on the TM-Touch and TM-Mobile apps from T-Meeting, interacting with T-Meeting’s TERA cloud-based services, which communicate with the normal global telephony world.
The TERA solution from T-Meeting, enables our users to call and get calls from any PSTN landline or from mobile phone anywhere in the world and turn what the other person is saying into text on their telephone or tablet screen. The other device does not need to have the TERA application.
People who have speech disabilities type what they want to say, and TERA converts that into speech spoken by a natural-sounding artificial voice.
The TERA app has a rich range of features appropriate for the user's communication disability or even multiple disabilities such as:
The TERA service with its device application, combines the long-standing T-Meeting concept of telephony, video communication and real-time text openness.
T-Meeting has followed IP telephony standards, particularly SIP, so its users can make and receive calls with video, audio and real-time text to anyone, as long as the counterpart’s equipment also allows SIP telephony calls.
T-Meeting does not believe in the closed-world concept that does not allow calling solutions from outside one's own customer group (Skype calls can only be made to Skype users, Skype for Business only to Skype for Business, FaceTime only to FaceTime, Viber only to Viber etc.)
By basing its services on SIP and other international standards for audio, video, real-time text and the underlying transport of the information, PSTN interconnection, signaling and encryption standards etc, T-Meeting provides open-standards-based systems.
Until the introduction of TERA, T-Meeting solutions were targeted at sign language use, speech and real-time text communication.
TERA has closed the gap.
Ease of use, transparency and feature-versatility in the solution means every user can set up the application to suit their communication difficulties, whether they are due to problems hearing, speaking, vision, or a combination of them.
The user can call anyone connected to the global telephone network and receive phone calls from anyone. The other person does not need to use the TERA app, just a normal landline or mobile phone and everything that the other party says appears in real-time text on the TERA user’s screen.
Real-time text is an international standard (ITU-T.140/IETF RFC 4103) that allows text to be sent character by character, not sent as eg SMS text bubbles or chat. This makes it possible for the text to be converted by a Braille reader attached to a tablet or smartphone, eg by Bluetooth, and read by a Deaf-blind user.
If the user has a visual disability they can choose the size and color of the letters and the color of the background, so the text can be read as easily as possible.
The user can speak with their own voice, and the other party hears them, but everything the other party says is displayed on the user’s smart phone or tablet as text. It also comes as audio, if the user has residual hearing and wants to listen.
TERA is suitable for calls with organizations that receive calls into a multi-choice interactive voice response (IVR) system that uses a rapid speech rate. In such cases text relay assistants have difficulty keeping up with typing out the choices given verbally. TERA does not have a problem with converting such speech to text.
TERA can be compared to those of us with uncertain hearing who watch a movie with subtitles because some words or sentences can be unclear, especially when we can’t see the character’s face to lip-read them. The same applies to a telephone call, because we can’t see the other person’s lip movements.
TERA is a support tool regardless of the severity of a person’s hearing loss.
Users who can hear but not speak well or at all, can type what they want to say to the other party and a natural-sounding synthesized voice will speak to them what you have written.
When both the speech-to-text and the text-to-speech features are used at the same time, they solve the problem for groups who can neither hear nor speak.
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