60 years of success

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In 1954 the first Philips brand dictation machine was developed and produced in Vienna. With this, the foundation was laid for an impressive track record in innovation and success.

Our company philosophy has been defined by the quest for path-breaking technological developments in the field of dictation ever since.

  • 1954

    First dictation machine produced in Vienna

  • 1957

    First cassette-based dictation machine produced

  • 1966

    Invention of Mini-Cassette (today’s standard in professional analog dictation) and introduction of the Pocket Memo

  • 1991

    Launch of digital dictation system Voice System 4000, which rapidly becomes a standard in hospitals worldwide

  • 1996

    Launch of first mobile digital dictation device – the SpeechPad

  • 1997

    Launch of first digital dictation microphone with PC navigation – the SpeechMike

  • 2000

    100,000,000th Mini-Cassette manufactured

  • 2010

    Dictation recorder App for smartphones offers mobile flexibility

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  • 2012

    Launch of the revolutionary SpeechMike Premium, with the world’s first motion sensor in a stationary digital dictation device

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  • 2013

    The new Pocket Memo 8000 series combines superior mobile dictation with revolutionary ergonomics and design

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  • 2014

    A full new range of Voice Tracers, for best-in-class audio quality in any recording situation

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  • 2014

    Philips SpeechLive brings secure dictation workflow to the cloud and enables seamless speech-to-text with the new service Philips SpeechScribe transcription service

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Today Philips is the global leader in professional dictation and considers itself the only full-range supplier in the speech processing market.

Whether it be Mini-Cassette, Pocket Memo or SpeechMike: Philips is synonymous with quality and innovative power. That is what our customers experience with every device on every day of the year. Give it a try!

"We are the only full solution provider for all speech-to-text needs, such as software, hardware and services – from one of the strongest global brands. I am really proud how far we have made it and I am looking forward to an even more promising future.”

Dr. Thomas Brauner
CEO Speech Processing Solutions

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