SOURCE: Applications Technology, Inc. (AppTek)

Applications Technology, Inc. (AppTek)

July 12, 2010 06:45 ET

AppTek Announces Enhanced PlainSpeech™ Automated Speech Recognition Broadcast Engine for Chinese

ASR Seamlessly Integrates With AppTek's Hybrid MT Software for the Most Accurate Broadcast and Telephony Transcription and Translation

MCLEAN, VA--(Marketwire - July 12, 2010) -  AppTek, a leader in human language technology (HLT), announced the availability of its enhanced Chinese automated speech recognition (ASR) engine. The enhanced PlainSpeech™ ASR platform also processes several other key languages such as Arabic, Farsi and Urdu. The ASR engine for Chinese Broadcast audio and video has been developed with a built-in entity recognition feature that makes it unique. Like AppTek's complete line of speech and text products, the Chinese ASR engine is seamlessly compatible with AppTek's machine translation, providing a complete Chinese content transcription and translation solution for customers without the need for integration or complex development costs. AppTek's PlainSpeech Chinese Broadcast engine is available to commercial customers and to the U.S. Government through AppTek's GSA schedule.

PlainSpeech Chinese for Broadcast is designed for news-oriented content from either television or radio and it readily processes broadcasts that include news, multi-speaker roundtable discussions and debates and even open-air interviews outside of the studio. With AppTek's Chinese broadcast ASR, the large and growing Chinese language content can now be available to non-native speakers and information and news services.

"The benefit of the enhanced ASR engine is that it has the flexibility to be integrated easily into mobile communications, media monitoring solutions or as a standalone application," said Mike Veronis, Head of Business Development of AppTek. "By utilizing the ASR engine through our turnkey media monitoring solution, users are able to benefit from the automated process of generating transcription from TV transmissions, and translation of transcribed text where it makes the greatest impact for them."

Deployed for use in several customer applications, as well as major commercial interactive voice response (IVR) programs across the world, AppTek's ASR technology has a proven track record of providing industry leading accuracy and speed. AppTek's ASR technology is the industry's first solution to employ Chinese transcription and translation in one platform, which can be utilized for many leading-edge machine translation and multilingual information retrieval projects, including media monitoring where it adjusts to changes in dialect and language in real-time to improve speed and accuracy.

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AppTek, headquartered in McLean, Virginia, is a developer of human language technology products with a complete suite for text and speech (voice) processing and recognition. The company also leads major research and development efforts to further the advancement in the field of developing better methods and technologies in the field of HLT. AppTek's product offerings include machine translation (MT) and automatic speech recognition (ASR) for a growing list of more than 23 languages; multilingual information retrieval with query and topic search capabilities; name-finding applications; and integrated suites providing ASR and MT in media monitoring of broadcast and telephony speech as well as handheld and wearable speech-to-speech translation devices. The company has language professionals and computer scientists in offices around the world.

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