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Uniphore- 10 Most Innovative startups in India that will rule in 2018 and beyond

posted Nov 13, 2017, 12:09 AM by Samarth Homey

Uniphore, a 2012 MobiSparks company, was co-founded by Umesh Yadav and Ravi Saraogi and is head-quartered in IIT Madras Research Park, Chennai.

Uniphore’s solutions extend the power of speech to revolutionize human-machine interaction allowing any software application to understand and respond to natural human speech. Their solutions for voice biometrics, virtual speech assistant and speech analytics aim to change the way enterprises engage their consumers, build loyalty and maintain a healthy bottom-line.

For more information - http://knowstartup.com/2017/11/10-innovative-startups-in-india-that-will-rule-in-2018/

Umesh Sachdev of Uniphore Recognised with India Edition of MIT Technology Review’s ‘Innovators Under 35’

posted Mar 24, 2016, 12:12 AM by Samarth Homey

Umesh Sachdev, Co-Founder & CEO, Uniphore Software Systems, Chennai based speech recognition company has been recognised with India Edition of MIT Technology Review’s ‘Innovators Under 35’. With this recognition, Umesh has automatically qualified as a finalist for the MIT Technology Review Global Innovators under 35 list.

The award honours exceptionally talented technologists and innovators whose work has the potential to transform the world. The broad themes of EmTech India 2016 include digital life, cutting edge technology, smart cities, connected health and artificial intelligence.

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Uniphore plans to expand global footprint

posted Mar 18, 2016, 1:43 AM by Samarth Homey

(from left) Lord Bilimoria, Ravi Saraogi, Co-Founder & COO, Uniphore, and Gordon Innes, CEO, London & Partners, at Emerging India Twenty (IE20) awards in London

Uniphore Software, the Chennai-based speech recognition technology company, is planning a rapid expansion over the next couple of years in the US, Europe and South-East Asia.

The company, which has Kris Gopalakrishnan amongst its investors, and which was this week identified as one of 20 of India’s most dynamic businesses by India Emerging 20, an initiative by the London Mayor’s office, is planning to expand across the US where it already has a presence in the next few months, and hopes to follow with offices in the UK, Europe, and across South East Asian countries such as Malaysia and Vietnam, as well as Australia and Japan.

Co-founder Ravi Saraogi, who was attending the IE20 programme in London intended to foster relations with VC investors and business partners, said that while the company did not have ambitions to become one with a heavy workforce, they hoped to roll out its speech technology globally across all continents, with ambitions to reach revenue levels of a $100 million over the next five years. The company has offices in India, the Philippines and the UAE with 100 employees. It’s technologies work with 70 languages globally, including many dialects.

“Speech is perhaps the most important medium of communication — as a species we like to talk and what we do at Uniphore is transform the way speech is understood by systems, allowing systems to understand what the person is speaking and provide critical output,” said Sarogi.

Founded as an IIT Chennai incubator in 2008, Uniphore initially focused on rural markets, developing speech recognition technology that enabled farmers with limited literacy levels to access data over the phone by voice, including on the weather, prices, and other crucial information. Since then the company’s products have evolved into three forms: technology that allows call centres to analyse 100 per cent of calls being put through them (a big shift from the existing system which relied on a sampling), the creation of voice-based virtual assistants for companies, and voice biometrics, providing security based on voice recognition. “Every voice is as unique as a fingerprint,” says Sarogi.

He believes the technology has great potential going forward. “With the Internet of Things — a Google Glass or a smart watch — the natural way of interacting with those devices will be through speech. The new digital age calls for the domestication of technology and we believe that that domestication cannot be done without speech.”

He also hopes that in markets such as India, it will also be able to help increase access to technology and information (including as part of the Digital India campaign). “We are still talking about a scenario where education and Internet is a problem — but with that drive coming in people we believe speech can play a big role for them to use and access that information.”

For more: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/opinion/columns/vidya-ram/uniphore-plans-to-expand-global-footprint/article8366409.ece

ScienceAdda: Imbibe scientific spirit among students

posted Mar 9, 2016, 11:07 PM by Samarth Homey

Teachers should imbibe a scientific spirit among students right from the primary school stage, Joint Collector C. Harikiran said on Wednesday.

Speaking in a scientific exhibition organised by the Bengaluru-based Science Adda in Montessori school here, Mr. Harikiran called for conduct of science exhibitions and teaching about the importance of environment and nature through learning tools besides teaching the science lessons in the syllabus.

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7 years. 70 customers. 4 million end users. Uniphore uses speech to transform human-machine interactions

posted Dec 4, 2015, 11:40 PM by Samarth Homey

Seven years ago, before the dawn of the smartphone era, Umesh Sachdev and Ravi Saraogi had a vision to build a mobile product with a rural focus. “We visited several districts in Tamil Nadu to start a pilot project,” says Umesh, CEO, Uniphore Software Systems.

Of the many problems and issues that the duo came across, what stood out was low literacy and the prevalence of multiple dialects. Looking for a solution, they zeroed in on using a speech analytics software to bridge the digital divide.

It took them a year to develop a working prototype, and within a month of developing the prototype, they received a seed funding of $100,000. During the early days, the team focussed on using standard phones to allow users access to the services.

Read more on: https://sites.google.com/a/vertexperts.com/mirror/testimonials/_draft_post-2#

Exim Bank, GoCoop Solutions partner for online craft products

posted Nov 6, 2015, 9:44 PM by Samarth Homey

GreenCube Global: McLeod Russel Keeps Insights Brewing with Qlik

posted Nov 4, 2015, 9:13 PM by Samarth Homey

World’s largest private sector tea producer deploys QlikView across more than 54 tea estates in India

Working with Qlik partner Greencube Global, McLeod Russel quickly deployed QlikView applications for finance, sales and distribution, field and factory production, as well as inventory and purchasing across its 54 estates in India. QlikView enables data to be extracted from more than 100 million sources and uploaded for senior managers to receive insights needed to make strategic changes and achieve budget goals.

With QlikView, analysts now have a comprehensive and relevant visual analytics platform at their fingertips and are able to view the day’s events and data in an visual, engaging and intuitive dashboard. As a result, forecasting, planning and regulatory compliance has been improved, resource and supplier performance is more effectively managed, and manual reporting has been significantly reduced. Decision-makers track daily activity such as the total daily plantation yield, power and fuel consumption, productivity and performance across the different estates, and even generate the yield to measure profitability ratio by location.

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AppsOnChat, Takes a Monstrous Leap with its Integration with Slack

posted Oct 20, 2015, 10:55 PM by Samarth Homey

AppsOnChat advantage, Ralph Vaz, Co-Founder & CTO of CollateBox Inc., said "AppsOnChat provides slack admins the ability to manage member responses without them ever leaving Slack. A user can Start or Stop a poll at anytime, drill-down to view individual responses or run multiple polls at the same time. Currently, AOC is live with Polling on Slack but we are looking to include other chatlets like RSVP, Quiz, HR rating system, Feedback system, Expense Management."

With businesses going global and organizations expanding on an on-going basis, tracking responses can get difficult. AppsOnChat hopes to bridge that gap by collecting real time responses within your existing channel – leveraging the power of your community.

Currently live with Slack, you will shortly start to see integrations and chatlets being released across multiple chat platforms such as WhatsApp, Skype, Yammer, WeChat, Telegram etc.

Read more: http://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/15/10/p5928477/response-collation-plug-in-appsonchat-takes-a-monstrous-leap-with-its-i#ixzz3pBA00Ywo

Uniphore Software Systems opens Bengaluru office, to hire 100 people

posted Sep 18, 2015, 12:22 AM by Samarth Homey

Uniphore Software Systems, the speech-recognition solutions company, has opened a new office in Bengaluru, for which it plans to hire more than 100 people in the next 15 months. 

The new office of the Chennaibased company will accommodate teams dedicated to research and development, business development, consumer technology and professional services, and will be led by Sanjeev Gadre, chief marketing officer and senior VP-HR. 

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Uniphore raises money from IDG Ventures, second round in less than two months

posted Jun 3, 2015, 10:37 PM by Samarth Homey

After receiving money from Infosys co-founder Krish Gopalakrishnan a month ago, Uniphore Software Systems, Chennai-based speech recognition solutions company, today announced it has received new investment from IDG Ventures. The company did not disclose how much it raised.

The company said this investment will help Uniphore scale its core technology development efforts and expand its reach and presence in multiple markets across the globe.Ranjith Menon, senior vice president, IDG Ventures, said that the combination of voice and analytics is a very interesting concept and the company would partner with the founders as they take this platform globally.

IDG Ventures have deep experience of investing and mentoring world-class companies and having them as an investor is an enormous vote of confidence in Uniphore’s ability to emerge as a leader of its niche” said Umesh Sachdev, Co-founder and CEO, Uniphore Software Systems.

Read more on: http://www.business-standard.com/article/specials/uniphore-raises-money-from-idg-ventures-second-round-in-less-than-two-months-115060301313_1.html

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