Nhu Ho
Authors name: Nhu Ho March 9, 2023
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The latest release of Cognigy.AI once again introduces a host of notable improvements across the board. Without further ado, let’s jump right in!

Native Nuance Support for (Even More) STT/TTS Flexibility

Speech recognition is a critical component to ensure users’ spoken utterances on voice channels are accurately converted to text input for the NLU pipeline. By the same token, the right TTS service can help to shape an optimal customer experience that resonates with your brand image.

Cognigy gives you complete freedom to select your STT/TTS service of choice. But we also offer out-of-the-box integrations to make the speech configuration of your voice bots straightforward and hassle-free. Besides Microsoft Azure, Amazon Polly, and Google Cloud, starting from v4.46, we have added Nuance as the fourth natively supported speech service in Cognigy.AI

Nuance Recognizer features 86 languages and dialects around the world while Nuance TTS delivers 119 unique voices to help businesses to design and implement multilingual self-service with a unique brand experience. In Cognigy.AI, you can easily select Nuance as the STT / TTS vendor for your voice virtual agent using the Session Speech Parameter Config Node.

Nuance Native Integration

Craft Natural Conversations with Less Effort Using Built-in Yes/No Intents

A crucial requirement to deliver lifelike service experiences is the ability to understand the vast language variants used to describe a user’s intent. Even answers to a Yes/No question aren’t always as straightforward to the virtual agent as we expect. A positive affirmation can be anything like “by all means” and “that could work” or even entail words that might be mistaken as negative affirmations like “without a doubt” and “no problem”. Likewise, customers can say “I’m good, thanks” as a polite expression for a “No” answer, depending on the context.

Previously, you could manually define a list of Positive and Negative Confirmation Words. With v4.46, we are excited to introduce an inbuilt Machine Learning model that will let you automatically capture numerous utterance variants of Yes/No Intents. Better yet, it is available for all NLU languages. To activate this feature, go to Manage -> Settings -> NLU Settings -> Select Yes/No Intents in the Yes/No Logic dropdown. You can then configure the desired Confidence Threshold to trigger the Yes/No Intents.

Yes-No Intents

The Yes/No Intents setting can also be customized for individual Flows in the Flow Settings Panel. What’s more, you can edit the prebuilt Yes/No variation list and add new vocabulary to any configured Locale in the Localization Settings.

Yes-No Intents - Locale

Improved Live Agent Experiences

Enhanced Webchat File Handling

Attachments that are received from and sent to Webchat are now treated similarly to those on the WhatsApp channel. For example, customers can now access the lightbox preview of a file sent by the agent before downloading.

Allowing the Supervisor to Override Agent Status

One new feature that will help improve queue management in Live Agent is that users with the Supervisor role now have the option to overwrite the status of any Agent directly from the Supervisor Dashboard.

Agent Status

Other Improvements for Cognigy.AI

Cognigy Virtual Agents

  • Added an API for tracking analytics in the Code Node
  • Renamed the Complete Text Node to the GPT Prompt Node
  • Added an error notification in UI if the GPT Prompt Node fails
  • Changed the behavior of full-screen mode. Now the expanded code editor no longer spans the entire screen but only the browser window
  • Added the option to trust an Extension via UI
  • Improved by trusting the extension after the update if it is already trusted
  • Improved by updating the integrated Webchat Widget to version 2.49.0

Cognigy Insights

  • Added an error notification when the CSV report couldn't be downloaded
  • Rendered the masked data strings only when there is no other content to show in messages in Transcript Explorer and Message Explorer
  • Changed the naming of Conversation Details and Conversation Id to Session Details and Session Id in Conversation Details of Transcript Explorer

Cognigy Live Agent

  • Upgraded the OpenSSL version to fix security vulnerabilities

Cognigy Voice Gateway

  • Removed one second of a post-dial delay call from the Voice Gateway client. That allows answering calls faster
  • Updated speech provider voice lists for VG and Audiocodes endpoints

For further information, check out our complete Release Notes here.