How an Austrian lawyer learned to love Philips SpeechLive
He started out with traditional dictation, working with stacks of files and cassettes – classic „old school“. Since implementing SpeechLive, the browser-based speech recognition solution from Philips at the beginning of 2022, however, attorney Matthias Kucera and his six-person law firm staff have become passionate about digital solutions; for good reasons.
The initial impetus for attorney Kucera to install SpeechLive as a digital dictation and transcription solution in his law firm came from the desire to eliminate all hardware in his office. „Keeping my IT systems constantly up to date and reinvesting every three months was simply time-consuming,“ recalls Kucera, looking back. „I wanted a cloud solution that was maintenance-free and easy to use.“ As he laughingly recounts, Kucera was considered a „dinosaur“ by his colleagues, since he enjoyed working with cassettes and stacks of files.
Since 2001, Kucera and his wife Ruth Kucera-Dörler have been running a law firm in Hard in Austria, specializing in insolvency and contract law. Innovation has been in Kucera‘s DNA ever since the firm was founded, „We were one of the first law firms in Vorarlberg without a court location,“ he says. „We were the first law firm in Hard, in the countryside, so to speak. Today, Hard has a population of nearly 14,000 as well as seven law firms.“ Vienna-born Kucera and his wife have a total of six employees and are proud of their extensive and loyal client base.
Cassette – a thing of the past
It was not only the desire to simplify his law firm‘s data processing that motivated Attorney Kucera to invest in a digital dictation and transcription solution from Philips, human resources played an equally important role, „We lawyers also suffer from a shortage of skilled workers, which is why we need solutions that allow us to “get rid of” some of the work ourselves. The speech recognition solution is of enormous help here,“ says Kucera.
"I work much faster when I use speech recognition to convert shorter dictations into text.“ Bulky documents are usually handled by the office staff in person. However, for Kucera, the same applies here: „The instant overview SpeechLive gives me regarding the status of my dictations and briefs makes it much easier for me to plan my workday.”
Covid has made working from home a reality for lawyers, too. If the team need to take their work home due to personal reasons (sick children, trips to the authorities, tradesmen, etc.) SpeechLive makes this possible. Given the current shortage of skilled workers, this is a major advantage when it comes to employer branding, “It also turns us into an interesting employer for candidates seeking flexible and mobile workplaces.”
Keeping my IT systems constantly up to date and reinvesting every three months was simply time-consuming. I wanted a cloud solution that was maintenance-free and easy to use.
Implement and get started
Kucera uses the cloud-based SpeechLive solution, the SpeechMike Premium Touch Dictation Microphone and the PocketMemo Voice Recorder for his speech-to-text tasks. The transition to the digital solution was completely intuitive and required no training, even for less IT-savvy colleagues. The law firm was supported by a certified Philips partner .
Philips Speechlive Cloud Service : Sync your dictations automatically with the correct typist for in-house transcription, saving time in your workflow, from anywhere, any time.
Transcriptionists simply log into SpeechLive from any computer without installing any additional software. SpeechLive allows you to access the worklist and play back the recordings in your browser regardless of where you are