IQWEST Launches BabelQwest -- the Most Advanced Document Machine-Translation Service for Litigation
Provides Accurate Automated Translations Into English; Now Litigators Can Make Appropriate Decisions Without Costly Human Translations
LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - July 10, 2007) - Today IQWest Information Technologies,
Inc., a leading provider of advanced technology for litigation support,
announced the availability of BabelQwest, a comprehensive suite of services
for the automation of foreign language translations related to the
Discovery and eDiscovery process. Designed for litigators, case teams,
corporate legal departments or anyone charged with reviewing potential
litigation documents of foreign origin, BabelQwest assists them with
finding relevant foreign language documents faster in both electronic and
paper formats, improving their decision making and reducing their
The Need for Foreign Languages translation in Discovery
Foreign language documents needing review during the discovery process is
one way globalization impacts litigation decision making and increases case
costs. Many law firms are spending more than $.30 a word for certified
English translations for these documents. Just one CD of documents
translated like this cost a client one million dollars or more just to
determine which documents are potentially relevant.
Other firms employ computer programs to translate foreign languages with
mixed results. Dictionary-based algorithms often produce nonsensical
English translations because the nuances of localized idiomatic expressions
For litigation, BabelQwest is the only machine-language translation program
that uses both dictionaries and an artificial intelligence algorithm that
was trained by comparing human translated documents against the original
The BabelQwest Services Suite focuses on four areas of discovery:
1) Foreign Language Electronic Files and Documents
The BabbleQwest Service Suite translates electronic files and documents
into English from Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, as well as from most
European languages. BabelQwest can also translate paper documents using a
foreign character optical recognition technology to create English
translations. In addition, BabelQwest provides tools which assist in the
collection and processing of electronically stored information (ESI) from
"Now when a foreign language document has been processed with BabelQwest,
you oftentimes would not be able to ascertain that the document wasn't of
English language origin," said Bob Gimigliano, Marketing Director of IQWEST
Information Technologies, Inc.
2) Foreign Language Paper Files and Documents
In a usual litigation scenario, foreign language documents on paper must be
put into a machine readable format for optical character recognition (OCR)
before using a machine translation. Based on the preparation for machine
language, most OCR programs are ineffective and have a much lower rate of
recognition accuracy. BabelQwest OCR increases character recognition
accuracy to over 99% which makes paper-based documents machine translatable
for the first time.
3) Electronically Stored Information (ESI) of Foreign Origin
With English language based e-mail and other electronically stored
information, the discovery process is assisted through the use of culling,
indexing, de-duplicating, and extracting metadata of files which are then
loaded into a database for review. Now, BabelQwest provides this type of
processing for foreign language ESI. IQWEST also coordinates collection
services of these data in most countries to increase the speed and
efficiency of data collection.
4) Hosting and Review for Litigation Documents that include Foreign
Many firms have had bilingual case team-members thwarted during the hosted
document review process by software tools that could either not display or
search effectively in Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Korean, or other
languages. In combination with BabelQwest and CaseQwest, foreign language
documents are now easily searchable and viewable in our hosted platform so
that litigators can review and determine their case relevance.
"By applying our experience in language technology, process and litigation
to the discovery market, we believe that IQWest solves the perplexing
problems litigators experience when encountering multi-language discovery
issues," said Joe Thorpe, CEO of IQWest. "Through this solution, our goal
was to give new options to legal teams looking to reduce costs and increase
turnaround time for the review process while providing full understanding
of foreign language document contents."
The BabelQwest solution is immediately available exclusively at IQWEST. The
offering of BabelQwest joins the over twenty (20) products and services
hosted by IQWEST. More information about BabelQwest can be found by calling
(714) 505-2000 or by sending e-mail to email@example.com.
Headquartered in metro Los Angeles, IQWEST is a litigation technology
company providing innovative discovery solutions for corporate and law firm
counsel. From data collection to document production, IQWEST works with its
clients providing professional guidance and support each step of the way.
In addition to its headquarters, the company has offices in New York, San
Francisco and Irvine. Find out more about IQWEST at www.iqwestit.com.
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