News 12th Nov 2020
Speechmatics’ Global Spanish speech recognition lanaguage pack rivals competitors in accuracy across a range of accents and dialects.

Speechmatics’ Global Spanish model rivals automatic speech recognition (ASR) competitors and delivers the highest levels of accuracy across the largest set of accents and dialects in the market.

Speechmatics, a UK leader in any-context speech recognition technology, today launches the first Global Spanish language pack on the market that supports all major Spanish accents. Global Spanish (GS) is a single Spanish language pack trained on data drawn across a wide range of diverse sources – specifically those from Latin America – making it the most accurate and comprehensive accent-independent Spanish language pack for speech-to-text.

Testing found that for all variations of Spanish, Speechmatics’ GS language pack was the best option in every instance. Compared directly, GS was between 3% and 20% more accurate than all Google’s Beta accent-specific language packs and between 4% and 13% more accurate than Microsoft’s Video Indexer accent-specific language packs. *

Speechmatics utilized the latest advancements in machine learning and applied proprietary language training techniques to create the GS language pack. With Speechmatics’ GS model, businesses using speech recognition for Spanish voice data won’t have to jump between multiple language packs to optimize the accuracy of their transcriptions, reducing costs and streamlining operations. The Speechmatics approach delivers a simpler user experience with no additional software or complex processes needed. Following the success of its Global English language pack, Global Spanish is fast, accurate, reliable and more flexible, convenient and inclusive.

Ian Firth, VP Products at Speechmatics comments:

“With Spanish being the second most natively spoken language across the world, it was time that businesses had access to an all-encompassing language pack to help streamline the transcription process and increase accuracy. Our pack does just that by accommodating multiple accents, dialects and regional variations. By defying the industry convention of single accent-centric packs, Speechmatics is on a journey to make all languages truly accessible to businesses with our global language approach.” 

Lee Worth, ASR & Live Captioning Operational Excellence Lead at Red Bee Media comments:

“At Red Bee Media, we regularly assess all ASR solutions to ensure our captioning services are built on the strongest possible foundations. Speechmatics’ engine has shown recent average improvements of 10% in English and 20% in Spanish, on top of already-excellent accuracy. It’s clear Speechmatics have worked hard to increase their Global English and Spanish engines’ recognition of an increasing range of accents and dialects, which will enable us to further improve both our pre-recorded captioning workflows and our market-leading automated live captioning services.” 

With approximately 500 million speakers globally, Spanish is the fourth most spoken language overall. Approximately 90% of Spanish spoken in the world is in the United States, Mexico, Central and South America, with the remaining 10% in Spain.

*Test sets comprised of almost 8.5 hours of diverse audio and transcribed text covering multiple use cases. Accented test files included variations in gender, age, region and ethnicity of speakers.

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