KantanMT: Setting the Benchmark for Cloud Machine Translation in the Language Industry

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Xcelerator Machine Translation Ltd. gets ready to launch KantanMT platform.

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Simplicity and flexibility made us choose KantanMT. - Teddy Bengtsson, Founder/Director, Roundtable Studio

Xcelerator Machine Translation Ltd. is pleased to announce the official launch of its cloud-based statistical Machine Translation platform KantanMT.com in June 2013. The Enterprise Ireland ‘high potential start-up’ founded by well-known industry entrepreneur Tony O’Dowd aims to fill a gap within the localisation industry by offering an MT platform that is easy to use, easy to manage and extremely powerful.

Members of the KantanMT community have been enjoying free usage of the platform since the launch of the BETA site in September 2012, giving them the opportunity to experiment with machine translation and to develop new business strategies around it.

One member notes that: "As a technology, machine translation will become even more fundamental than translation memory for LSPs in the years ahead. Making it successful will require not only investment in knowledge development and process integration, but also to find the right platform for your needs. Simplicity and flexibility made us choose KantanMT," Teddy Bengtsson, Founder/Director, Roundtable Studio.

KantanMT.com has been well backed by significant VC investments from Delta Partners, Enterprise Ireland and several private investors and is now accelerating and scaling its platform to meet the growing demands of the expanding MT community. It is currently in BETA testing of a REST- based API which will enable members to translate segments individually, in real-time, and still benefit from the high-quality, secure and user-controlled translation service that KantanMT customers expect.

The official launch of KantanMT in June marks a turning point for this innovative young company which is already making its mark in the translation industry. To date, KantanMT.com has signed up over 1,500 localisation service providers, who have uploaded over six billion words of training data and translated over 360 million words on the KantanMT.com platform.

Supporting over 1,000 language combinations (including Arabic and Chinese languages) and offering its members powerful automatic evaluation metrics, KantanMT.com aims to establish a new benchmark for the use of Machine Translation within the localisation industry.

What is KantanMT™?

KantanMT is a cloud-based implementation of Moses statistical Machine Translation technology. Leveraging the power and flexibility of the cloud, KantanMT effortlessly scales to generate a high-quality, low-cost Machine Translation platform for small-to-medium sized Localisation Service Providers.

What is Xcelerator?

Xcelerator Machine Translations Solution is a new start-up that is focusing on making Machine Translation easy to use, inexpensive to access and available to mid-sized LSPs that are eager to integrate MT into their client’s localisation workflows. Xcelerator is focusing on the growing number of small-to-medium sized language service providers (LSPs) that want to – or must – offer machine translation to their clients.

Recent research on pricing shows that while a very small percentage of translation agencies use MT on every job, nearly a quarter of small LSPs, and more than half of medium-sized LSPs will apply it if requested to do so by their clients. However, most providers don’t have the technical expertise to install an MT solution, train engines for their clients, and integrate it with their workflow. Xcelerator aims to fill that gap.

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