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Philips-Citrix Co-Operation: Speech Recognition for 50 Million Users

Royal Philips Electronics (AEX: PHI, NYSE: PHG) announced today the release of an enhancement to the professional document creation platform SpeechMagic™ enabling for the first time adequate speech recognition in Citrix® environments.

With SpeechMagic supporting 23 recognition languages and providing a portfolio of more than 150 recognition vocabularies for the medical, legal, governmental and financial sectors, potentially more than 50 million Citrix users worldwide can now benefit from increased documentation efficiency and reduced operating costs.

The deployment of speech recognition and digital dictation applications from Citrix servers will be a key factor in more efficient documentation workflow. It will also enable the centralization of IT administration, and bring critical speech recognition features such as automatic learning and acoustic adaptation - significantly reducing the strain on financial and human resources. By centralizing applications and the delivery of data, Citrix and SpeechMagic are able to provide an extremely high level of security (no files are stored locally), dramatically improving the protection of personal data.

By adding bi-directional audio capabilities, Citrix enabled the digital recordings to be uploaded and Philips developed a real-time speech recognition channel. This channel improves the usability of dictation hardware, such as the industry-leading Philips SpeechMike and allows for the deployment of the full range of speech recognition features within a Citrix environment. Numerous authors can now dictate simultaneously anywhere within the Citrix network and either delegate the dictation to a secretary/ transcriptionist or correct it themselves.

“Citrix infrastructure is popular with large institutions in the healthcare, legal and finance industries. With SpeechMagic being geared towards industrial-grade document creation, our award-winning platform has been optimized for these industries,” says Marcel Wassink, Managing Director Philips Speech Recognition Systems. “This co-operation with Citrix opens the door to a vast new market for Philips and its partners.”

“As a worldwide leader in Speech Technologies, we’re delighted to be working closely with Philips. SpeechMagic brings tremendous value to our customers in significantly increasing their documentation efficiency and hence improving the return on their investment in Citrix Access Infrastructure,” said David Jones, corporate vice president, business development, for Citrix.

SpeechMagic for Citrix will be presented live at the Citrix® iForum™ Global conference in Las Vegas, Nev., on October 9 – 12, 2005. The new component to the SpeechMagic platform will be released to the Philips global network of more than 200 integration partners on September 20, 2005.

For further information please contact:
Philips Speech Recognition Systems

United States:
Nick van Terheyden, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Tel: +1 301 990 2478,

Martin Eberhart
Regional Marketing Manager
Tel: +43 1 601 01 1542

so2say communications
Armin Scheuer
Tel: +49 30 219 13 914