Philips’ SpeechMike III Boosts Antimicrobial Housing to Reduce Spread of Germs, Bacteria in Medical Facilities

Latest version of the industry’s leading wired dictation microphone is also one of the first Philips green certified products

ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Philips, a leading manufacturer of mobile and stationary dictation solutions, today announced that the third-generation SpeechMike (SpeechMike III), the latest device in the industry-leading dictation microphone line, boosts an antimicrobial casing, which makes it the first and only device on the market to feature this type of surface. SpeechMike III is also one of the division’s first Philips-certified green products.

Philips developed the device’s antimicrobial surface specifically for clinical settings to help minimize the risk of spreading infections and bacteria within healthcare environments. Unlike other antimicrobial coatings, SpeechMike III’s surface is created by an additive agent being added directly to the housing material. This technique ensures the antimicrobial surface cannot be wiped away by cleaning detergents and the effects last for at least five years. Studies have also found that the antimicrobial material on the SpeechMike III can eliminate up to 99.9 percent of E. coli and M. luteus bacteria, as well as 98.4 percent of Staphylococcus aureus. It also protects against most common bacteria, viruses, fungi and algae that it may encounter in a hospital or healthcare setting.

“According to the CDC, an estimated $20 billion is spent annually in the United States to treat hospital-acquired infections,” said Wolfgang Spannlang, product manager at Philips Speech Processing. “Any effort to reduce the spread of germs and bacteria is beneficial to all parts of the healthcare system – not only will it help decrease the number of people who acquire an infection while at the hospital, but it will also help lower costs for healthcare organizations. This was the main focus behind designing the antimicrobial casing for SpeechMike III.”

SpeechMike III is also a Philips-certified green product, which means that its carbon footprint is 28 percent smaller than its predecessor. Additionally, it weighs 16 percent less and its energy consumption is 43 percent lower. SpeechMike III also comes in 51 percent less packaging material than previous models.

In addition to the unique antimicrobial casing and environmentally-friendly features, the SpeechMike III continues to be the industry’s leading wired dictation microphone with numerous high-quality performance technologies, including:

  • Noise-reduction technology to almost completely eliminate noise interference, which results in an improvement in the accuracy of voice recognition systems.
  • More ergonomically designed elements to help users more easily dictate in any environment.
  • An integrated LED indicator to show users the current recording status in different color so users can avoid errors in post-correction of a voice recording.

About Philips Speech Processing

For more than 50 years Philips Speech Processing has been the driving force in delivering dictation and speech solutions to users around the world. We are solving the speech-to-text task of professionals, allowing them to “simply work smarter!“ With its headquarters and production center located in Vienna, Austria, Philips Speech Processing is the world’s market leader in professional digital and analog dictation. From office-based desktop dictation to mobile dictation, from conference recording to entire workflow solutions with the SpeechExec software family, our portfolio supports every imaginable scenario. Revolutionary digital dictation products and solutions, such as the SpeechMike, the Digital Pocket Memo with Voice Command, the Barcode Module and the groundbreaking SpeechExec workflow software are helping professionals work more efficiently every day, in the easiest possible manner, entirely in keeping with Philips ‘sense and simplicity’ philosophy. For more information, visit:

About Royal Philips Electronics

Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands (NYSE : PHG, AEX: PHI) is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people’s lives through timely innovations. As a world leader in healthcare, lifestyle and lighting, Philips integrates technologies and design into people-centric solutions, based on fundamental customer insights and the brand promise of “sense and simplicity”. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips employs more than 119,000 employees in more than 60 countries worldwide. With sales of EUR 25.4 billion in 2010, the company is a market leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as lifestyle products for personal well-being and pleasure with strong leadership positions in flat TV, male shaving and grooming, portable entertainment and oral healthcare. News from Philips is located at


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