Sixth European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Budapest, Hungary
September 5-9, 1999

VOCAPI - Small Standard API for Command & Control

Eike Gegenmantel

Philips Speech Processing, Aachen, Germany

Some speech APIs are becoming standards to ac-cess speech functionality. They aim to be highly flexible to avoid restrictions. Consequently, corre-sponding interface specifications are extensive and implementations have high demands on the performance of processing platforms. Resulting prices are unacceptable for consumer devices like phones, car navigation, audio, TV, etc. Here, the state of the art requires low resource consumption while the range of functionality can be focused on command and control dialogs. A consortium of major companies has come together to develop and standardize a small and handy speech API, the so-called Voice Control API (VOCAPI). Being a German draft standard [1] now, VOCAPI will be proposed as European standard in the near future.

Keywords: speech API, standardization, command and control, consumer devices, real-time platforms

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Bibliographic reference.  Gegenmantel, Eike (1999): "VOCAPI - small standard API for command & control", In EUROSPEECH'99, 927-930.