Will smart surveillance systems listen, understand and speak Slovene?

  • Simon Dobrišek Univerza v Ljubljani, Fakulteta za elektrotehniko
  • Vitomir Štruc Univerza v Ljubljani, Fakulteta za elektrotehniko
  • Boštjan Vesnicer Alpineon d. o. o.
  • France Mihelič Univerza v Ljubljani, Fakulteta za elektrotehniko
Keywords: spoken language technology, smart surveillance systems, automatic speech recognition, automatic speaker recognition


The paper deals with the spoken language technologies that could enable the so-called smart (intelligent) surveillance systems to listen, understand and speak Slovenian in the near future. Advanced computational methods of artificial perception and pattern recognition enable such systems to be at least to some extent aware of the environment, the presence of people and other phenomena that could be subject to surveillance. Speech is one such phenomenon that has the potential to be a key source of information in certain security situations. Technologies that enable automatic speech and speaker recognition as well as their psychophysical state by computer analysis of acoustic speech signals provide an entirely new dimension to the development of smart surveillance systems. Automatic recognition of spoken threats, screaming and crying for help, as well as a suspicious psycho-physical state of a speaker provide such systems to some extent with intelligent behaviour. The paper investigates the current state of development of these technologies and the requirements and possibilities of these systems to be used for the Slovenian spoken language, as well as different possible security application scenarios. It also addresses the broader legal and ethical issues raised by the development and use of such technologies, especially as audio surveillance is one of the most sensitive issues of privacy protection.


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Dobrišek, S., Vesnicer, B., Štruc, V., Mihelič, F. (2013): Bodo pametni nadzorni sistemi prisluhnili in spregovorili slovensko? Slovenščina 2.0, 1 (2): 165–180.
How to Cite
DobrišekS., ŠtrucV., VesnicerB., & MiheličF. (2013). Will smart surveillance systems listen, understand and speak Slovene?. Slovenščina 2.0: Empirical, Applied and Interdisciplinary Research, 1(2), 165-180. https://doi.org/10.4312/slo2.0.2013.2.165-180