Tencent launches automatic translation tool for virtual events

AI Transfy has a 96.3% accuracy rate, filling a gap as more global conferences go virtual.

The tech giant's newest tool was tested at the 4th World Intelligence Congress in June, which had 58.6 million global attendees.
The tech giant's newest tool was tested at the 4th World Intelligence Congress in June, which had 58.6 million global attendees. Photo Credit: Gettyimages/metamorworks

Tencent Cloud has launched AI Transfy, an AI-powered speech recognition and automatic subtitle generation tool made specifically for virtual conferences.

In a new era of virtual and hybrid meetings, Tencent's latest tool is set to break language barriers and enhance efficiency, especially for large-scale global conferences, while reducing operational costs of engaging local translators.

“There has been a strong growth in virtual conferences this year, making it even more important for us as a leading internet service provider to keep up with customers’ ever-changing needs. We are excited to present AI Transfy to the international community leveraging Tencent’s 13 years of deep expertise in relevant areas, covering various purposes from business to conferences and summits as well as news, culture and entertainment. We are poised to make more contributions in connecting the world even further and eliminating language barriers," said Poshu Yeung, vice president of Tencent International Business Group.

With an accuracy rate of 96 per cent, especially for Chinese and English languages, the tool can be used for audio/video transcription and translation, livestream subtitling, multilingual subtitling, automatic timeline segmenting, subtitle design and video compression. Other languages provided include Malay, Indonesian and Thai.

The AI tool was tested at the 4th World Intelligence Congress in June, delivering simultaneous interpretation and subtitling to the 58.6 million global attendees tuning in via more than 40 platforms. The same translation services supported China's other mega event: the 127th China Import and Export Fair.

As well as the MICE industry, Tencent is targeting sectors such as education, entertainment and media.

The launch of AI Transfy is Tencent's latest move into the events space, after broadcasting Paris Fashion Week to China's fashion-conscious consumers in September, and supporting the physical-to-digital shift of the world’s largest trade fair, the 127th China Import and Export Fair (Canton Fair), in June.



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