ENCO gets patent for automated video captioning

SOUTHFIELD — ENCO Systems Inc., the Southfeld-based developer of audiovisual technology, announced that it has been granted U.S. Patent No. 7047191B2, covering “Method and System for Providing Automated Captioning for AV Signals.”

The company said the patent expands its intellectual property for captioning technology and methods that help broadcasters and other video professionals automate and accelerate speech-to-text translation to deliver open or closed captions.

The patent specifically relates to ENCO’s continued innovations for its enCaption series of automated captioning systems. Helping broadcasters and content producers easily and cost-effectively comply with expanding regulatory requirements, while serving the needs of hearing-impaired audiences, ENCO’s software-defined enCaption provides accurate captioning for live and recorded content in near-real-time. The company said advances included in the patent increase the accuracy of enCaption’s speech-to-text system, using advances in machine learning.

The innovation behind the patent includes a method that separates an audio signal from a combined AV signal, and converts the audio signal to text data. The original AV signal is then encoded with the converted text data to produce, record and display a captioned AV signal. The patent also covers automatic translation of spoken words of a first language into a second language, with the translated words included in the captioning information.

The company noted that the demand for captioning is driven by the implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which makes captioning mandatory in many classroom, corporate, public and governmental situations.

“This patent protects the investment of both ENCO and our global customers for our market-leading automated captioning technology in broadcast and AV,” said Ken Frommert, ENCO president. “It also establishes a strong foundation for continued innovation around our enCaption brand as we further enhance speed and precision around automated speech-to-text conversion.”

Founded in 1983, ENCO pioneered the use of computer-based, digital audio and program automation for radio station and TV studios. The company has since evolved its product line to cross all aspects of today’s automated broadcast and production workflows, including closed-captioning, visual radio, audio compliance, instant media playout, remote contribution, and cloud-based web streaming.

More at www.enco.com.

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