Bighand today announced that Dublin firm Eversheds O’Donnell Sweeney has increased out-of-hours productivity as a result of implementing Bighand’s server-based Speech Recognition module and iPhone app. Partners now use the mobile Speech Recognition functionality to produce lists, discovery schedules and attendance notes out-of-hours. Dictations recorded using Bighand for iPhone are submitted to the Dragon NaturallySpeaking speech server for transcription and the recognised text is then quickly returned back to the partner’s iPhone.

Kevin Collins, partner at Eversheds O’Donnell Sweeney said “I have found the speech recognition software useful out of hours where longer documents have to be dictated and I believe the system learns well based on the corrections made. It has certainly improved my out of hours dictation experience as I can dictate longer documents and have accurately transcribed text returned to my iPhone.’”

Nicholas Eustace, IT Director, Eversheds O’Donnell Sweeney said “We started using BigHand Speech Recognition back in March 2010 and were very impressed with how quickly the software learnt the Irish accent – one partner’s accuracy went from 23% to 95% after just one round of corrections. The aim of Speech Recognition is not to replace our secretaries but to provide a productivity tool for Partners to use out-of-hours. The ability to have automatically transcribed work returned to authors via their iPhone has proved very popular. We anticipate extending the use of Speech Recognition to trainees that have not been assigned a designated secretary to ensure they spend as little time as possible typing their own documents.”