Project Name: Speech Automatic Friendly Interface Research

Abbreviation: Safir

Start date: December 31, 2003

End date: December 31, 2007

Project Description:
The Safir project (official project website) will give each citizen or user group an equal oppotunity to access at any time and interactively existing up-to-date egovernment information through easy devices such as TV, gsm, phone, PDA,... from anywhere by usage of own voice in his daily language, creating the demand for widespread use of braodband services to carry high quantity Voice and Images data:

Safir will create an innovative paradigm combining
Voice & Graphics.
Imagine the citizen at anytime everywhere simply speaking to his TV
or GSM to request and fill egove forms and transactions...

Objectives are:
  • Offer easy transaction access to both PC illiterate citizens and special users like fire brigades, civil employees ... while on the move e.g.: permit forms, adequate field reactions to hazards, anonymous payment...
  • Establish the techniques and procedures to have up-to-date data to be used by the citizens amd the special users.
    • Including multimodal automatic adaptations and preferences
    • Enhancing data modeling and voice domains through ontology and semantics in a multilingual enlarged Europe.
These will be enriched through:
  • Pilots: e.g.: mobile voice data capture to solve governmental database reliability, Security and other citizens concerns, ...
  • Integration of e-Learning modules
  • The needed e-Work process redesign
The results will be:
  • Software and Archtecture for auto adaptive easy to use multimodal interfaces
  • Standards proposals and adaptations
  • Link local linguistic rules with egov and epay applications for interface's automatic creation
  • Methodologies and procedures to allow specific classes of workers (civil protection, police, regions, deciders, ...) to increase the quality of data and services for people
  • Early visible adopters for pan European deployment

Creating the pillars for a better non digitally divided society

The consortium gathers technological world leaders, innovators in their respective domains and local representative users whose tasks are to develope user friendliness of this new paradigm. Safir uses a strong management structure addressing all information flow issues, catalyzing cross-fertilization while handling both the financial and operational aspects with close monitoring of goals and deadlines.

Imagine your life rescued, your permit granted fast, be never lost, securing your rights and get JIT help ... thanks to Safir.

Project Funding

Safir is an Integrated Project funded by the Sixth Framework Progamme. The project should start before the end of 2003 and will run for four years.


  • IBM
  • Voice Insight SA/NV
  • Geodan
  • GFI
  • STMicroelectronics
  • Marathon Data Systems
  • Twente University
  • CIRB
  • RĂ©gion Wallonne
  • CCI Vratsa
  • NTB-AD
  • Vratsa District Administration
  • Ulearn2B
  • Thales Communications
  • envimax GmbH (BASF)


The following HMI-member(s) is/are coordinator of this Project

Franciska de Jong


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