Speech is the most natural means for people to communicate with each other. It is also regarded as the preferred method of future interaction between people and computer devices and applications in general. Distributed speech recognition technology facilitates the extension towards mobile devices by increasing their functionality and ease of use. This paper reviews the key aspects of distributed speech recognition technology and discusses some of the associated applications and technical challenges. A feasibility study is undertaken to establish the likely performance of a network server based speech recognition system. The objective is to provide speech recognition for users of mobile devices such as the Smartbadge . Preliminary simulation results for the proposed system are presented which suggest that a single speech recognition engine can support a multi-user speech recognition system and still achieve a response time similar to a single user system. Key-Words: Distributed speech recognition, Speech recognition front-end, Server based speech recognition.