Cambridge audio technology start-up AudioTelligence has been named Start-up Entrepreneur of the Year in the regional final of the Barclays Entrepreneur Awards 2019. The accolade is given to a new business that is "challenging the status quo".
Now in their fourth year, the awards are designed to celebrate, inspire and recognise best-in-class organisations across the country – shining a light on truly disruptive innovators at all stages of growth. The regional winners go through to the national awards event in London in October, with a judging panel made up of key industry leaders and influencers.
Dave Betts, Chief Scientific Officer at AudioTelligence, said:
We are delighted to have received this prestigious award, as we continue with our ambitious growth plans to bring AudioTelligence’s revolutionary noise cancellation technology to even more companies around the globe. The accolade is a fitting tribute to our world-class team. We have come on an amazing journey – pushing through our product development and finding the right markets for distribution. Everyone at AudioTelligence has done a fantastic job to get us to where we are today.
The AudioTelligence technology breakthrough is set to end the frustration of shouting at your digital assistant device when it can’t hear you over your favourite music track. It can even enable you to hear the conversation when a friend rings you from a noisy coffee shop. It’s autofocus for sound – an ‘acoustic lens’ that enables your home assistant, smart speaker or in-car voice control system to focus on what you are saying when there is a lot of background noise.
What’s unique about the AudioTelligence solution is that it uses a statistical approach to solve the problem of background noise. Its data-driven blind audio signal separation technology is able to ‘listen’ to a real-world acoustic scene and identify the prominent sources of sound, including echoes and reflections. Sophisticated algorithms enable it to cancel out the unwanted interference that often makes effective speech recognition impossible. The system is also adaptive – so any new background noises that appear are also eliminated in real time.
James Whitaker, Regional Head of High Growth and Entrepreneurs at Barclays, said:
Entrepreneurs are fundamental to the UK's economic competitive advantage – disproportionately driving job growth, attracting investment and creating the innovative products and services that shape our todays as well as tomorrows.
AudioTelligence is a spin-out from CEDAR Audio – a world leader in audio restoration, speech enhancement and audio forensic investigation. The start-up raised £3.1m last year from Cambridge Innovation Capital and Cambridge Enterprise to fund its ambitious growth plans and meet the demand for its technology.