SOVO started in the early 2000s, via its parent organization the Centre de Recherche Informatique de Montréal (CRIM), the development of a unique technology based on speech recognition for realtime closed captioning of live broadcasts. Realtime “voice writers” can now be trained in a matter of a few weeks, thereby eliminating the elements of scarcity associated with stenographers. The system ensures a fully scaleable model for realtime transcription and captioning needs. In 2010, SOVO Technologies Inc. was launched to commercialize the proprietary system and its applications. In 2020, VITAC Corp., the largest provider of captioning and media accessibility services in the United States, acquired SOVO Technologies.
SOVO now offers turnkey accessibility services mostly for the closed captioning of live and offline TV or web broadcasts, serving leading broadcasters and government organizations in Canada and in Europe.