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Liopa wins healthcare contract with new AI lip-reading technology

Pictured (L-R) is Dr Vicky Kell, Director of Innovation, Research and Development, Invest NI with Fabian Campbell-West, CTO and co-founder, Liopa.

Congratulations to our portfolio company, Liopa, for securing its first commercial contract with a UK based hospital for its AI lip reading app. Congratulations to Liam McQuillanFabian Campbell-West and the rest of the Liopa team!

Belfast based software SME, Liopa, has secured its first commercial contract with a UK based hospital for its Artificial Intelligence (AI) lip-reading app, SRAVI (Speech Recognition Application for the Voice Impaired).

I am pleased that our support, combined with a KTP, has helped it to secure this significant contract with Royal Preston Hospital. 

Fabian Campbell-West, CTO and co-founder of Liopa, said: “We have developed SRAVI specifically for ICU and Critical Care patients who have lost the ability to speak for numerous reasons, including tracheostomies. Essentially the technology brings a voice to the voiceless by using Visual Speech Recognition and AI technology to support patients, deciphering speech from lip movements. Patients mouth words into their smartphone camera and the SRAVI app will read out what they are saying. This improves communication between patients, families and healthcare staff, which is so important for patient care and wellbeing.”

Established in 2015, Liopa is a spin-out SME from the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) and has also undertaken a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with QUB as the academic partner which helped it to enhance the system’s audio speech recognition.

We’re proud to be leading the way in a first of its kind technology which has helped us to secure our first contract with Royal Preston Hospital. 

Fabian Campbell-West, CTO and co-founder, Liopa,

Liopa has also availed of funding from Co-Fund NI, part of Invest NI’s Access to Finance suite of debt and equity funds. Co-Fund NI and Invest NI’s R&D support are part financed by the European Regional Development Fund under the EU Investment for Growth and Jobs Programme 2014–2020.