Andrea Electronics is now an OEM microphone technology provider for Watson Assistant Solutions, IBM's IoT AI assistant portfolio for enterprises. Andrea Electronics specializes in optimizing the performance of voice-driven applications. Certified by IBM Watson Internet of Things (IoT) engineers, Andrea's array microphone technology is now a frontend solution for Watson Assistant voice applications.
The technology improves Watson’s ability to understand far-field speech in real world environments. Andrea's echo cancelation software also provides support for the custom trigger phrase (the "wake" word) for initiating the conversation and for barge-in functionality. Kendra DeKeyrel, Director of Watson Assistant Solutions offerings at IBM, stated "Watson Assistant is an entirely new way for businesses to connect with their customers. The best conversational AI in the world may not matter if the user cannot seamlessly talk to it. We are fortunate to work with Andrea Electronics, their technology and their experience to set the bar for enterprise grade digital assistant devices."
Douglas Andrea, CEO of Andrea Electronics, says, "Andrea is proud to support IBM once again with our world class microphone solutions. From the introduction of our noise canceling headsets for IBM's Via-Voice in the 1990's, to our new array microphones for Watson Assistant Solutions, we are excited to now assist in powering the future of the Internet of Things." For more details, visit IBM Watson IoT and Andrea Electronics.