Asia Online and Andovar Collaborate on Translation of Technical and Educational Content for Globalization Services

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New statistical machine translation platform integrates with managed globalization solution to provide large-scale, bulk translations of technical and educational documentation.

Our relationship with Andovar is collaborative. Asia Online is providing the underlying machine translation tools, while Andovar is providing the subject-matter experts and linguists needed to ensure ongoing continued improvements in the scope of vocabulary and quality of translation. It's a win-win situation.

Andovar, the consultative localization company with operations in Boston, Singapore, and Bangkok, is partnering with automated translation technology expert Asia Online to collaborate on new technologies that increase productivity on highly technical translation projects.

The partnership combines Asia Online's statistical machine translation (SMT) platform and interactive continuous improvement environment with Andovar's proven globalization project management skills and services.

"Andovar has extensive expertise in planning, running and managing the complexities of large-scale globalization projects," said Conor Bracken, Andovar's Chief Executive Officer. "When dealing with highly technical, domain-specific translation projects, which are often massive in scope, there is a very pressing need to improve the quality and speed of machine translation. The biggest challenge here is getting a machine to understand domain-specific terms, and being able to manage the machine's rules."

The Asia Online directly addresses this issue by combining a statistical machine translation platform with an environment for collaborative and continuous improvement. Andovar's human subject-matter experts review the platform's early translations and make corrections as needed. A comprehensive analysis of the corrections is performed in real time, from which the platform learns. The result is that the platform will never make the same mistake twice and subsequent translations are improved.

According to Kirti Vashee, Vice President of Sales, Americas and Europe for Asia Online, the machine-human feedback loop is vital to the success of the project.

"Andovar manages very large scale, complex content on behalf of its customers. In many cases, the content contains technical jargon, marketing buzzwords, and even internal codes and references. Streamlining the process of proofreading is therefore vital in reducing overall costs," said Mr Vashee. "The initial training processes coupled with the subject-matter expert feedback loop allows Andovar to focus on managing their customers' projects, while not having to worry about the technicalities of feeding a computer training data periodically. More importantly, this approach gives higher quality translations at a faster rate than alternative solutions."

Mr Vashee sees the agreement with Andovar as evidence of a shift in the way vendors of statistical machine translation technology work with language service providers: "Our relationship with Andovar is collaborative. Asia Online is providing the underlying machine translation tools, while Andovar is providing the subject-matter experts and linguists needed to ensure ongoing continued improvements in the scope of vocabulary and quality of translation. It's a win-win situation."

About Asia Online Pte Ltd
Asia Online's unique services enable people to transcend language as a barrier to knowledge by providing unrivalled access to the limitless store of English-language content on the Internet, in their language of choice.

Asia Online's primary focus is to deliver huge amounts of content in local languages. In doing so it has created a core technological infrastructure that enables massive translation projects to be undertaken. Asia Online is working with language service providers and publishers with its unique infrastructure that facilitates the ongoing evolution of real time corrective improvements that aims to deliver machine translation quality that is second to none.

Formed in 2007, Asia Online is a privately owned company backed by a number of individual investors and institutional venture capital. Its corporate headquarters are in Singapore, and its operational headquarters are in Bangkok, Thailand, where it conducts R&D and daily business operations. Asia Online currently employs more than 180 staff and is in the process of being incorporated in an additional 10 Asian countries.

About Andovar Pte Ltd

Andovar delivers multilingual localization solutions that encompass the full range of today's modern media, whether audio, video, software or websites. It manages the end-to-end process of simultaneously shipping products into multiple languages and assists organizations in building sustainable, scalable and repeatable processes. Currently is focused on serving the software industry, as well as leading players in multimedia, mobile devices and eLearning.

By separating production and client-side activities in those locales best placed to carry out those very different functions, Andovar leverages low offshore labor costs married with skilled consultants working close to client's regional and global headquarters.

Established in 2007 by industry veterans who saw the potential of offering a new kind of localization infrastructure, Andovar is headquartered in Singapore with production carried out in Thailand where it has fully equipped studios for audio and video production. Its Boston office provides the interface     for US clients allowing seamless communication across time zones. Additional offices are planned for Europe and South America in the coming year.

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