Voice User Interfaces to Bridge the Digital Divide.
We are building voice-based systems for rural populations in developing countries that lack internet access.
Voicebridge is a Saarbrücken-based software company developing voice-based applications and middleware. Our aim is to create voice user interfaces (VUIs for short) usable with any conventional telephone, providing rural areas in developing countries with access to web-based services they have until now been excluded from.
Millions of people all around the world do not have access to information technology, including, and most importantly, the internet – a situation which constitutes a major inhibitor to social, educational and financial inclusion. This disconnect most strongly affects poor rural regions in developing countries. We are working on solutions that bridge this digital divide: Our technology enables these communities to access internet-based applications via voice input using conventional phones.
Voice User Interfaces
We are researching and applying machine learning tools and methodologies to create tailor-made, unique voice interfaces for developing countries and underrepresented languages & dialects. Voice is becoming the interface of the new generation in industrial countries, controlling automated homes and self-driving cars. We aim to take this technology to places where the difference it can make is not merely one of convenience, but of participation.
Our company is international, our ambitions even more so: We are based in Saarbrücken (Germany), researching and developing our software. Our mother company Hishab Ltd. is located in Dhaka (Bangladesh), managing the project and piloting the first systems. Our partners, investors and sponsors are from Japan, the United Kingdom, Bangladesh and Myanmar. We are going to expand to India, Myanmar and more developing countries in South-East Asia, South and Central America and Africa. In this context, being welcoming towards diversity, cultural and otherwise, is not only a mindset we firmly believe in, but also an indispensable asset for success.