Agreement leading to an improved IT equipment for persons with disability
An agreement between the FITA foundation and the University of Malta is expected to lead to an improved software so that a greater number of persons with disability may easily use technological equipment that improves their lives.
University rector Prof. Alfred Vella said that students from the information and communication technology faculty will participate in the project.
He stated that the University is embarking in the project with enthusiasm because the ICT faculty will continue to strengthen research, while being of service to persons with disability so that they live a better and more accessible life.
Dr Claire Borg from the ICT faculty said that the faculty will work on a speech processing system used in mobiles and computers. “This particular project concerns written Maltese and we produce a voice in Maltese; this is widely used such as with a mobile, which responds, and this type of technology is important for speech processing in Maltese”.
FITA’s chief executive, Stanley Debono, said that the foundation developed a speech engine years ago and it now needs updating. “As it was introduced in certain time, even the amount of research on it is dated, and as the software works on windows, we can no longer maintain it indefinitely as Fita”.
He told TVM that the agreement assists the developed system to continue for a number of years and will be used by a wider range of persons with disabilities, including dyslexia.