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August 15, 2012

RAMP Ramps up Its Speech-to-Text Services for the Enterprise

By Rich Steeves, TMCnet Web Editor

These days, video is all the rage, both with the kids on YouTube (News - Alert) and with large and medium enterprises. But, so many companies have dozens or even hundreds of archived videos and little to no way to keep track of them or search for relevant content. That is where RAMP comes in, with its innovative speech-to-text technology.

RAMP began its existence as a spin out of BBN Tech, which was primarily a government contractor. After the spin out, RAMP evolved around media/commercial content. The company is a back-end provider of video metadata, working with large news companies like Fox, NBC, CBS and others. It takes videos, transcribes the speech within them and creates search indices and SEO-friendly topic pages.

The company focuses on the search and core speech experience, and its solutions run in the cloud on a Software-as-a-Service model, and right now, RAMP is focusing on the enterprise customer. As video is becoming increasingly popular, hundreds of hours of marketing videos, conferencing speeches and more are being lost. But RAMP’s speech-to-text solutions can help address this issue.

For the past three or four years, RAMP has worked with the large media companies, but just this year it has made a large push into this enterprise space.

 According to Joe Lichtman, vice president of product at RAMP, the company is selling its solution to editorial groups and developers. As part of this push, RAMP has had a presence at several recent conferences, such as the Mozilla (News - Alert) Conference, South-by-Southwest, and SpeechTek.

In recent news, RAMP has recently made major enhancements to its MediaCloud platform. The new MediaCloud VM integrates with Amazon Web Services (News - Alert), allowing developers to use RAMP’s speech recognition technology inside their existing AWS accounts and integrating into existing applications.



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Edited by Brooke Neuman
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