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Real-time translation (RTT) technology is an effective solution for instantly translating content from one language to another. Real-time translation enables organizations to support hundreds of languages on chat, ticketing, email, and other communication platforms. Organizations realize cost savings by using their existing employees, contact center agents, or service management staff. It allows you to engage with consumers, employees, and partners that your company could not otherwise communicate with.
There are numerous real-time translator technologies. Selecting the right solution for your needs requires understanding the pros and cons of each, from translation quality to translation customization and security.
Because real-time translation technology is machine-based, the translation goal is immediacy, actionability, and understandability. While it isn’t human-level translation, the translation quality needs to be high enough to enable effective communication, especially with customers.
Providing context and avoiding “garbage in, garbage out” remains the biggest challenge with straight machine translation (MT) engines. Technology innovation is making machine translation more reliable than ever, driven in large part by the advancement of neural networks.
Without any linguistic customization or human involvement, organizations need to ensure that straight machine translation-based communications are accurate, meaningful, and fulfill their intended purpose. Taking this approach requires a vendor with expertise in language, machine learning, translation, and translation processes.
An often overlooked aspect of real-time translation is the security of your data. According to Common Sense Advisory, a research firm focused on language services, using some machine translation engines may have the unintended effect of “employees and your suppliers…unconsciously conspiring to broadcast your confidential information, trade secrets, and intellectual property (IP) to the world.”
When evaluating real-time translation services, ask who owns the data and how it is shared.
Lionbridge created GeoFluent Virtual Translator™ to solve the common challenges that face enterprises today. Available via API or through pre-built integrations to leading contact center, enterprise service management and enterprise communications/collaboration applications, GeoFluent Virtual Translator™ applies three layers of patented linguistic customization to provide the highest levels of translation quality.
Each machine translation engine has its own strengths, whether that be a specific language or industry. GeoFluent’s linguistic experts choose the best machine translation engine for each client/channel/language combination, leveraging advanced linguistic neural, statistical, or rules-based engines. GeoFluent also applies normalization rules to clean and fix data before and after it goes into the engine. This allows clients to avoid typical machine translation errors caused by common slang, misspellings, acronyms, and shortcuts.
With the underlying machine translation engine(s) in-place, the GeoFluent team builds a customized linguistic dictionary for every client. This reflects company, product, and service-specific vocabulary. The benefit is that no matter what language the source text is being translated into, it’s translated appropriately for the brand.
Lionbridge has more than 20 years’ experience helping clients communicate across languages. That expertise is applied through industry-specific language models that sit on top of the selected and trained machine translation engine and in conjunction with the client-specific linguistic dictionary.
This three-tiered approach to linguistic management makes GeoFluent Real-Time Translation the right solution for organizations that need to communicate in multiple languages across communications channels.
"Lionbridge's GeoFluent solution has allowed us to continue our growth trajectory through this quick and cost-effective solution, hence enabling us to quickly scale our multi-lingual customer support. The implementation, support and overall process far exceeded our expectations and we are thrilled to have Lionbridge's GeoFluent in our corner!"
— Bill Ratliff, SVP Operations, Getaroom.com
"This allows RCI to deliver real-time interaction options to our members without having to hire bilingual agents."
— Keith Lodewyk, Customer Care Team Lead, RCI
Real-time translation technology instantly translates content from one language to another.