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Zoom buys a German company to enhance its machine-learning-based translation skills

Zoom acquires German startup for ML-based translation capabilities

Zoom buys a German company to enhance its machine-learning-based translation skills. Zoom, the video conferencing app, has struck a final deal to purchase German company Kites — Karlsruhe Information Technology Solutions. To add real-time machine-learning-based translation to the platform.

Kite is a start-up specializing in real-time Machine Translation (“MT”) solutions. Its 12-strong research team will assist Zoom’s technical team in advancing the area of machine translation. In order to increase meeting productivity and efficiency by offering Zoom users multi-language translation capabilities.

“We are always looking for new ways to delight our users and increase meeting efficiency. And MT solutions will be essential in enhancing our platform for Zoom customers globally”. Velchamy Sankarlingam, Zoom’s President of Product and Engineering, said in a statement.

“With our shared goal of removing friction from collaboration – regardless of language, geography. Or other impediments – we are sure Kites’ outstanding staff will fit in seamlessly with Zoom,” Sankarlingam said.

The transaction’s terms were not revealing.

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So, Kites were establishing in 2015 and have academic ties to the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, where co-founders Alex Waibel and Sebastian StAker teach.

“Kites was established with the goal of eliminating language barriers and allowing seamless cross-language communication in everyday life, and we have long admired Zoom’s capacity to connect people from all over the world,” Waibel and DStAker said.

Moreover, “We are certain that Zoom is the perfect partner for Kites to accomplish our mission, and we are forward to see what occurs next under Zoom’s incredible innovation engine,” they said.

StAker and the remainder of the Kites team will stay in Karlsruhe, Germany, where Zoom plans to invest in the team’s growth.

Therefore, Zoom is considering establishing a research and development facility in Germany in the future. Waibel will join Zoom as a Research Fellow, where he will assist on the company’s MT research and development.

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Written by Ankur J Kakoti

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