Two years ago (2016), the smart voice market opened its first year. In the past two years, smart voice technologies have been applied to smart homes, smart vehicles, and other fields to achieve better development. It is considered one of the more mature technologies for AI applications. Major companies have gradually launched the layout of the intelligent Internet industry-oriented voice industry chain.
Since 2016, the domestic BAT Internet giant has also been active in the field of intelligent voice. Alibaba Cloud opened the corresponding API; Baidu released the dialogue-based intelligent open platform DuerOS. Tencent also released a smart voice platform "small micro & rdquo;. In addition to BAT, a number of companies that engage in intelligent voice technology in China have already achieved some mature development. For example, the already-listed HKUST Telecommunications, as well as unlisted but out of the leading echelon of the team, Sibi Chi, Yun Zhisheng and so on.
▲ Intelligent Voice Technology (Source: China Security Exhibition Network)
Recently, Smart Speech Technologies, Inc. announced that it will complete 500 million yuan D round of financing. The company was led by Yuanxiao Holdings and China National Investment, Deep Ventures, Foxconn, and MediaTek. It is understood that the current think of Chi-chi has a clear listing plan, preferred domestic capital markets.
Prior to this, Scipch has obtained three financings. as follows:
In 2012, it completed tens of millions of yuan in the first round of financing. Lenovo stars, Qidi, etc. participated in the investment.
At the beginning of 2016, it completed the second round of financing of nearly RMB 200 million, and Ali participated in the investment.
The third round of financing was completed in September 2016. The financing amount and the capital were not announced yet.
It is worth noting that most intelligent speech technology companies including Sibushi, Going Ask, Turing Robot, and Yunzhisheng have taken the road of soft and hard integration and open API interfaces to third parties to Divide the scene into breakouts and take the 2B or 2B2C route.
However, most intelligent voice-head companies have been established for about 3-5 years. In the past few years, the smart voice industry has become fiercely competitive. Most companies have launched technologies such as free API platform interfaces and have not achieved revenue. In recent years, companies in the industry began to explore technologies and increase revenues.
It is understood that Si Bisi will launch AI chips after a new round of financing. It is understood that through the AI chip, acoustic noise reduction, intelligent wake-up, speech recognition, semantic understanding, speech synthesis, and other functions may be integrated after "pre-installed" to hardware products. It will help Sci-Chi to increase its market share, and it will also have the opportunity to bring direct revenue to it.
Among intelligent voice technology vendors, there are other vendors that have been laid out on AI chips in addition to the company. Yun Zhisheng announced the launch of UniOne, the first Internet of Things AI chip, in early June this year.
From the perspective of intelligent voice technology companies, what are the considerations behind the development of AI chips?
The Internet of Things (IoT) serves as the network foundation for terminal devices. With the landing of AI technology in the terminal, the terminal chip has also become an important key point for giving the device AI capabilities and improving the user experience.
In the past year, the Internet of Things has gradually transitioned towards AIoT, in short, IoT+AI. Faced with the current development of AIoT, Yun Zhisheng CEO Huang Wei has said that he believes that the AIoT break point lies in "core". For AI technology, the choice of the scene is most important. The AI chips and scenes can form a complete industrial closed loop. First of all, the landing of AI technology needs to find a specific scenario. Secondly, the application scenario will also define the AI chip, and the chip will in turn also Will accelerate the application of landing.
After years of fierce competition and free service period, catching up with the rapid development of the Internet of Things, the track for intelligent voice interaction ushered in a new turning point. The intelligent voice industry will compete for market share, and the revenue war will buzz the horn.
It is reported that from the current overall situation of the intelligent voice interaction industry, in terms of commercialization, Internet companies and other start-up companies can extend upstream and downstream to create value. For example, the upstream combines voice and search engines to provide content and services for the vertical industry, while the downstream can combine voice and hardware products and rely on product sales to achieve revenue. Despite the fact that start-ups are currently focusing on the "vertical sector breakthrough" strategy, most of them are.
The advantages of giant companies involved in the intelligent voice industry lie in traffic and channels, but the advantages of the giants cannot stop the growth opportunities of the startup companies. By deepening the vertical field and subdividing the track to achieve self-enriched blood and rapid growth, startup companies also have the opportunity to Emerging industries are becoming bigger and bigger.
According to reports, Sibing CEO Gao Sixing believes that 2017 can be said to be the industry's "explosive period", which is likely to be ""outbreak" in 2018, and is expected to usher in rapid growth in 2020. .