An office legend turns 60

New: Stenorette in trendy black

Stenorette turns 60

Bayreuth, 10th March 2013 – In 2014, Grundig Business Systems GmbH (GBS), one of the global leaders in supplying professional dictation systems, is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Stenorette. The analogue dictation device was first launched in 1954 and has been sold – through many generations – almost 4.5 million times. “Because of its green color, the first Stenorette got the nickname 'tree frog'. It quickly became a great commercial success and a synonym for modern office equipment,” says GBS Managing Director Roland Hollstein.

While the first Stenorette weighed about 5.8 kilograms, the device has become more portable over time, and finally, in 1984, Grundig developed the brand’s first truly hand-held dictation device, the Stenorette 2080. Today's versions of the popular dictation device, such as the Stenorette Sh 24, only weigh 210 grams and can easily be taken anywhere, so that dictations can be made on the go. “But of course there are still the classic analogue desktop devices – for both recording and playback. Thanks to their quality and robustness, they enjoy great popularity,” says Hollstein. The Stenorette is still produced, “made in Germany”, at GBS headquarters in Bayreuth. “We guarantee that we will supply our customers with Stenorettes, accessories, and spare parts for years to come,” says Hollstein. Despite increasing digitalisation in the field of dictation devices, GBS produces Steno cassettes in the high six figures each year, for example.

Black wins the survey
In a recently completed internet survey on concerning the preferred colour of Stenorette desktop devices, black was the clear winner. “Black is a trendy colour, even in the office, and it will remain that way,” says Hollstein. In reaction to the survey results, GBS is adjusting its product range just in time for the anniversary celebrations. The first Stenorettes, such as the St 3210 and St 3211, have already been changed from Corona Silver to black and are available in GBS's on-line shop. The transition of further Stenorettes to black will follow shortly.

The future belongs to speech recognition
“Although the demand for analogue dictation solutions continues, digitalisation is increasing rapidly. Recently we have noticed a special interest in speech recognition,” Hollstein says. In this area, he goes on, the technology has continued to develop. “Today's recognition rates are many times better than they were five years ago,” says Hollstein. GBS is also investing in this technology and offers sets consisting of dictation hardware and speech recognition software. For physicians and attorneys, speech recognition software is available with specialised medical or legal vocabulary.

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About Grundig Business Systems GmbH
Mobile dictation devices for work on the go, microphones for PCs, or the transcription of dictations (fully automatic with speech recognition): Grundig Business Systems GmbH (GBS) offers optimised solutions for every situation. It distinguishes itself through technical innovation and high-quality design. With more than four million dictations systems sold and over 60 years of experience, Grundig Business Systems GmbH (GBS) is one of the leading manufacturers of professional dictation systems and the number one provider of professional dictation systems in Germany. It is the only company in the branch to develop and produce its cutting-edge products “Made in Germany”. Every day, they help lawyers, doctors, administrators, companies and many others shape their working processes efficiently and cost-effectively. The independent company, formerly attached to the parent company Grundig, was named one of the top 100 most innovative medium-sized companies and awarded the “Top Job” award in recognition of outstanding personnel work.

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