Configuring Speech Recognition

Use the Speech Recognition fields to enter variations of your name, to increase the Vocera Genie’s ability to recognize you when someone is speaking your name.

Speech Recognition fields are useful when another user issues a command to call you, leave a message for you, locate you, and so forth. The Vocera system software analyzes the name the caller spoke and matches it to the text in the First Name and Last Name fields of your profile.

  1. In My Profile scroll down to the Speech Recognition section and click the drop down arrow at the right hand side expand this section.
  2. Complete the field information as described in the following table:
    Field Maximum Length Description

    Doctor Prefix


    Select the Doctor Prefix check box to indicate the user is a Doctor. If you are using this option, you do not need to enter Doctor prefix as a value for one of the Alternate Spoken Name (ASN) fields.

    For example, if you selected Doctor Prefix field for a user named, "John Smith," you can use a voice command, "Call Dr Smith" on your device. Vocera speech recognition will quickly recognize this voice command and call the user named John Smith.

    Enable Frequently Called User


    Select Enable Frequently Called User checkbox to include yourself in the weighing for improving speech recognition for frequently called users and departments.

    If you do not select this checkbox, you are excluded from the weighing for improving speech recognition for frequently called users and departments.

    Alternate Spoken Name #1


    Enter an alternate spoken name.

    By default, it is assumed that you are called by either your first and last name. Enter an Alternate Spoken Names only if:

    • People call you with different names (such as "Bill Smith" in addition to "William Smith")
    • Your name is pronounced differently from the way that it is spelled. In this case, add one or more phonetic spellings.
    Use these guidelines to ensure the best result when you are defining alternate names for users:
    • Person, Group, and Location Names — If users refer to a person, group, or location in various ways, enter each variation in a different field.

      For example, enter Bob Jones and Rob Jones in addition to Robert Jones. Similarly, enter a nickname that the person or place is known by, such as Skip Jones.

    • Digits in Name Fields— The names you provide must start with a letter or digit. They must contain only letters, digits, spaces, apostrophes ('), underscores (_), or dashes (-). No other characters are allowed.
      Note: Even though these special characters are allowed, it is unlikely that an alternate spoken name would need underscores (_), or dashes (-).
    • Staff IDs — It is recommended that you do not create an alternate spoken name that contains numeric digits only. For example, a staff ID with numbers and no letters.
      Entering numeric staff IDs are permitted. However, using numeric values only might result in
      • Slower Genie response times
      • Problems with phone number recognition
    • Acronyms and Initials in Alternate Spoken Names— If people use an acronym or initials to refer to a Contacts entry, provide them as a series of letters separated by spaces.

      For example, if users refer to Easton Medical Clinic as EMC, enter E M C. Similarly, enter A C Hoyle for A.C. Hoyle. For Jasdeep Narindar Singh, also enter J N Singh rather than J.N. Singh.

    • Unusual Pronunciation— If a name has an unusual or confusing pronunciation or silent letters, enter a name that is spelled as it is pronounced.

      For example, if the system does not recognize the name Jodie Dougherty, you could enter Jodie Dockerty.

    • Professional Titles in Alternate Spoken Names— If users refer to a person by his or her title, provide the full spelling of the title rather than an abbreviation.

      For example, enter Father Brown instead of Fr. Brown, or Professor Lindsay instead of Prof. Lindsay.

    • Doctor Title in Alternate Spoken Names— When adding or editing user profiles, you do not need to include the Doctor title as part of the user's name in the Alternate Spoken Names (ASN) field on the Speech Recognition tab. Instead, check the Doctor Prefix check box. When you speak a command using one of the ASN variations, Vocera understands the user to whom you are referring.

      For example, when you speak, Call Doctor Michael Smith, the Vocera Genie knows that you are referring to Doctor Michael Smith. You could also speak, Call Doctor Smith or Call Doctor Michael and the Genie will find the user because the Doctor Prefix option is checked.

    Alternate Spoken Name #2


    The second alternate spoken name, if needed.

    Alternate Spoken Name #3


    The third alternate spoken name, if needed.

    Identifying Phrase


    Specify a phrase that distinguishes you from others with the same first and last names or name that sounds like your name. For example, "Bill Smith in Marketing." and "Bill Smith in Finance"

  3. Select one of the following:
    • Save — to save your changes.
    • Cancel — to exit the Speech Recognition section without saving any changes.