New digital audio recorder for interviews

Digital dictation and workflow specialists WinScribe has teamed up with One Digital to release a digital audio recording solution designed for the police and criminal justice departments to capture, archive and manage digital recordings of audio interviews.

Jan 31, 2008
By Paul Jacques

Digital dictation and workflow specialists WinScribe has teamed up with One Digital to release a digital audio recording solution designed for the police and criminal justice departments to capture, archive and manage digital recordings of audio interviews.

Interviews can be recorded digitally then simultaneously archived and automatically logged onto the WinScribe system for transcription as required. Once in the WinScribe system, details of all interview recordings can be viewed by authorised personnel and made instantly available for transcriptionists to transcribe through their PC from inside or outside of the force network. Urgent cases can be prioritised, special interviews can be routed to the most appropriate transcriptionist and if one station is struggling to keep up with the workload, available transcriptionists can be easily utilised elsewhere. Transcribers can be notified that work is waiting for them, can access the WinScribe system to view jobs that have been allocated to them and transcribe them using a foot control and headset connected to their PC. The ability to share workload also means avoiding downtime through staff absence.

It is a huge technological leap from the analogue tapes of old; which have limited capacity, poor
sound quality in comparison to digital recording and significant storage problems as well as workflow management issues. The new system will also allow the retrieval of archived interviews at the press of a button.

John Beckett, managing director at One Digital, said: “It’s guaranteed to improve the quality of recordings and efficiencies in archiving interviews – making it much easier for transcriptions to be prioritised and re-visited at any point. New digital recording technologies enables substantial cost savings – both direct and indirect – to be made, reducing the pressure on critical police budget.”

Philip Vian, managing director at WinScribe Europe, explained: “A large volume of interviews can be easily managed and transcribed by available transcriptionists at multiple station sites, utilising resources and improving workflow.”

The recorders meet all audio interview recording requirements under UK PACE and Home Office guidelines.

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