PORTUGUESE STATE owned television RTP has started to use subtitles on its daily news programmes.

The company says this is a pioneering project that aims to provide a better public service to viewers, especially those in the deaf community.

The new system was developed by INESC-ID, an engineering and computing institute based in Lisbon, and is part of a project named Tecnovoz.

The new technology provides the subtitles automatically after recognising the words spoken by the TV journalists.

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