The city of Pinellas Park in Florida recently started using digital voice
for their council meetings, finally saying goodbye to their antiquated
analog cassette recorders.  They have began switching digitally.

According to TBN Weekly, the council looked into switching digitally a few
years ago but found that the costs were too high. At the mayor’s request, the
council looked into the matter once again six month ago and found that the
market for the technology has changed. In the end, the city spent $18,000
purchasing new digital equipment, which included two portable units with foot
pedals, three units for the chambers and several other devices for the Park

City Clerk Diana Corna explained to the news source that the switch to the
digital medium will require less room for storage. “The quality itself is more
crisp and clear than tapes,” she added. At the same time, the devices are quite
easy to use and the learning curve for the individuals using them was extremely

“As technology has advanced, costs have been driven down”, explains Paul Ross of American Dictation Corp. a national leader in dictation, transcription and voice recognition technology. “today’s recorders have memory capacity far in excess of the average users needs, and support encryption and secure data transfer, something that never existed with analog technology.”

“For any organization today to be using micro cassette dictation and transcription is inexcusable”, says Ross.  “Not only is analog equipment’s  audio quality poor, but it cannot comply with privacy laws.  On top of that, it can actually cost more than digital- truly a losing proposition”.   Switching digitally has never been so easy.