ECTACO develops and manufactures Handheld Electronic Dictionaries and Translators and eBook readers for students and teachers. It specializes in language learning products for various languages. It offers portable devices for users to learn a language, such as talking electronic dictionaries, non-talking electronic dictionaries, travel electronic dictionaries, speech-to-speech electronic interpreters, and English dictionary software, including military, law enforcement, and medical models.
ECTACO.Info | ECTACO Provides Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine with its iTRAVL Speech-to-Speech Translators for the UEFA 2012 European Soccer Championship
NEW YORK and KIEV, Ukraine, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ECTACO, Inc., known
for its pioneering position in the language translation devices and software
business has taken the iTRAVL to a new level. Currently, 1,500 custom made
speech-to-speech translators have been shipped to the Ministry of Internal
Affairs of Ukraine for the upcoming UEFA 2012 Soccer Championship.
This modification to the ECTACO iTRAVL is similar to the original
SpeechGuards for military, law enforcement, and Homeland Security, which have
been used by over 400 different agencies worldwide. The intended goal is to
facilitate communication between local Ukrainian law enforcement officials and
foreign guests. A similar device was successfully implemented during the 2008
Olympics in Beijing.
The ECTACO iTRAVL features support for Russian, Ukrainian, English, Spanish,
Italian, German, Polish, Portuguese and French; an audio phrasebook recognizing
human speech and providing translation for 14,000 phrases; a voice enabled
interface with vocal commands intended for extreme conditions, when, for
instance, a large number of fans speaking different languages must be directed
from one section of the stadium to another; and the Language Teacher
application, which helps to obtain basic language skills in a short time.
The device has been subject to tests since February 2011 by Ukrainian police
force. Participants have highly awarded the easy to use interface and
effectiveness of the iTRAVL when communicating with people who speak a different
language. "It's possible to learn a language, if you can devote 5-6 hours a day
to studying," states Colonel Vladimir Salimskiy, Deputy Executive to the
Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine. "In such cases, it is possible to reach
a bearable level of understanding within 6 months. But with this device... you
just point at the language tab, and you're ready to start a conversation."
The translator is capable of providing instant translation for basic level
communication between the hosts and visitors from all over Europe. This will
make everyone's stay more comfortable and be of great help in avoiding crucial
misunderstanding between police and soccer fans during the championship
"The ECTACO iTRAVL is a high tech multifunctional and multilingual device
designed for a very specific set of situations and conditions," says David
Lubinitsky, CEO, Ectaco, Inc. "It's important to note that the device is a
budgetary solution in comparison to competitors in the market. It can be
re-programed after the championship to serve similar or different tasks."