AI-Media’s AI-Powered LEXI Captioning Tool Kit Raises the Bar

AI-Media’s AI-Powered LEXI Captioning Tool Kit

A comprehensive collection of automated captioning solutions marks a new era in the industry, combining cutting-edge AI technologies to meet the integrated needs of content creators and distributors worldwide.

BROOKLYN, N.Y., Aug. 24, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — AI-Media, a leading provider of captioning technology and infrastructure, is proud to unveil its groundbreaking AI-Powered LEXI Captioning Tool Kit. This comprehensive collection of automated captioning solutions marks a new era in the industry, combining cutting-edge AI technologies to meet the integrated needs of content creators and distributors worldwide.

The AI-Powered LEXI Tool Kit addresses challenges faced by media companies, broadcasters, event producers, educational institutions, and other content producers in delivering cost-effective and accurate captions and subtitles for live and pre-recorded content that can be easily re-used in other customer applications.

“At AI-Media, we are committed to pushing the boundaries of captioning technology. Our LEXI Tool Kit is a result of years of research and development, and we are proud to offer a transformative solution that enhances the accessibility and inclusivity of media content,” said James Ward, Chief Sales Officer at AI-Media.

The Tool Kit is comprised of six key solutions each designed to address different captioning needs, enabling the consumer to mix and match key components to suit their business requirements. The solutions are compatible with our encoder series via the iCap Cloud Network creating the ultimate captioning ecosystem.

  1. LEXI Live Automatic Captioning: Delivering real-time captions with unparalleled accuracy, LEXI consistently achieves over 98% accuracy. Offering speaker identification and intelligent caption placement, LEXI Live Automatic Captioning is the cornerstone of the Tool Kit, offering captions rivalling that of human captioners – at a fraction of the cost.
  2. LEXI Recorded: Accelerating captioning for post-production content, LEXI Recorded seamlessly integrates into Media Asset Management Systems (MAM), ensuring fast turnaround times for caption file delivery. Users can caption in over 30 languages, choose from multiple file formats including SRT, VTT, and TXT, to fit their specific requirements; and make use of the API function and automation for a zero-touch solution.
  3. LEXI Translate: Breaking down language barriers, LEXI Translate allows users to effortlessly translate live captions and subtitles to and from over 50 languages with more added every month. Perfect for corporate meetings, global events, and broadcasts of multilingual content, LEXI Translates accuracy ensures that important nuances are effectively translated.
  4. LEXI DR (Disaster Recovery): Never go off the air with the ultimate failover solution. LEXI DR enables users to host their fully redundant iCap and LEXI servers, ensuring uninterrupted captioning in challenging situations like cloud-based outages or internet connectivity issues. No more missing captions due to internet outages!
  5. LEXI Local: LEXI Local delivers highly secure live, automatic captions, on-premises and off the cloud, meaning elevated security and greater control. LEXI Local is ideal for any organization such as corporations or Government agencies requiring increased security of their content.
  6. LEXI Library: LEXI Library archives your captioned content, making it easily searchable and accessible. With customizable permissions and Single Sign On, time-stamped live captions can be accessed securely in real-time or post-session, simplifying the process of transcribing, and distributing captioned sessions.

The Tool Kit presents a comprehensive solution to maximize the benefits of captioning and translation. Fully compatible with AI-Media’s best-in-class SDI and IP caption encoders, the Tool Kit simplifies customer workflows by providing seamless interoperability.

For more information about the AI-Powered LEXI Captioning Tool Kit, visit www.ai-media.tv. To schedule a demo or to speak with a representative, please contact lexi@ai-media.tv.

About AI-Media

Founded in Australia in 2003, technology company AI-Media is a global leader in live and recorded captioning, transcription, and translation solutions. The company helps the world’s leading broadcasters, enterprises, and government agencies ensure high accuracy, secure, and cost-effective captioning via its AI-powered LEXI captioning solution. LEXI captions are delivered to millions of screens worldwide via AI-Media’s range of captioning encoders and its iCap Cloud Network – the world’s largest, most secure caption delivery network. Globally, AI-Media delivers over 9 million minutes of live and recorded media monthly. AI-Media trades on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX:AIM). For more information, please visit www.ai-media.tv.

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Partnership Forged to Accelerate the Energy Transition: Hitachi Energy and Google Cloud Combine Energy and Digital Expertise to Advance Sustainability Initiatives

First solution from partnership delivers comprehensive Energy Planning and Trading data. Advanced data analytics, generative AI drives faster, more complete view of energy information.

Zurich, Switzerland, Aug. 24, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Hitachi Energy, a global technology leader advancing a sustainable energy future for all, and Google Cloud have signed a strategic agreement to collaborate and co-create on multiple cloud software products and services designed to support the global energy transition. The first demonstration of the joint value of the relationship, Hitachi Energy’s Velocity Suite Power Prices, is now available on the Google Cloud Marketplace.

The launch of Velocity Suite Power Prices marks the first milestone in the Google Cloud and Hitachi Energy collaboration and signals how the organizations together will address growing market and customer needs for cloud-based solutions that drive the energy transition. Global developers, operators of renewable generation and battery energy storage systems (BESS), as well as traditional generators, traders, and energy market participants can use the data from Velocity Suite Power Prices to make better, faster decisions about energy projects and investments in North America.

Velocity Suite Power Prices, derived from Hitachi Energy’s industry-leading Velocity Suite application, is a new API-based application that gives global customers easy access to North American energy market intelligence. It informs, guides and accelerates planning and revenue analyses for transformative grid and renewable energy projects. The computing power of Google Cloud technology is instrumental in automating and consolidating the extensive dataset of Velocity Suite Power Prices.

Google Cloud and Hitachi Energy will continue to work together to address growing market and customer needs for cloud-based solutions for the energy transition. The collaboration will draw on Hitachi Energy’s Energy Portfolio Management (EPM) solutions combined with Google Cloud’s data analytics capabilities, artificial intelligence (AI)/machine learning (ML) services, and scalable and secure infrastructure, to develop and deploy new, innovative solutions for electric utilities and renewable energy producers. Continuing to offer Hitachi Energy’s solutions on the Google Cloud Marketplace is driven by a common goal in the energy industry to drive toward outcomes that increase revenue, capitalize on market opportunities, and reduce costs and risk.

“Data and analytics are at the center of the energy transition and play a critical role in the evolving grid,” said Massimo Danieli, Managing Director, Grid Automation for Hitachi Energy. “Our customers worldwide have asked for solutions that help them achieve sustainability goals and business outcomes at speed and scale. Delivering Velocity Suite Power Prices through our partnership with Google Cloud helps global customers accelerate decision making, optimize investments, and digitally transform their own businesses.”

“By delivering Velocity Suite Power Prices on Google Cloud, Hitachi Energy is enabling customers to deploy its platform on trusted, sustainable infrastructure and helping them better utilize massive amounts of data on their journeys to become more profitable and sustainable businesses,” said Roi Tavor, Managing Director at Google Cloud. “Sustainability is a driving factor behind many organizations’ digital transformations, and we’re proud to partner with Hitachi Energy to help global businesses operate responsibly and sustainably.”

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About Hitachi Energy

Hitachi Energy is a global technology leader that is advancing a sustainable energy future for all. We serve customers in the utility, industry and infrastructure sectors with innovative solutions and services across the value chain. Together with customers and partners, we pioneer technologies and enable the digital transformation required to accelerate the energy transition towards a carbon-neutral future. We are advancing the world’s energy system to become more sustainable, flexible and secure whilst balancing social, environmental and economic value. Hitachi Energy has a proven track record and unparalleled installed base in more than 140 countries. Headquartered in Switzerland, we employ around 40,000 people in 90 countries and generate business volumes of over $10 billion USD.

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Hitachi drives Social Innovation Business, creating a sustainable society through the use of data and technology. We solve customers’ and society’s challenges with Lumada solutions leveraging IT, OT (Operational Technology) and products. Hitachi operates under the business structure of “Digital Systems & Services” – supporting our customers’ digital transformation; “Green Energy & Mobility” – contributing to a decarbonized society through energy and railway systems, and “Connective Industries” – connecting products through digital technology to provide solutions in various industries. Driven by Digital, Green, and Innovation, we aim for growth through co-creation with our customers. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal year 2022 (ended March 31, 2023) totaled 10,881.1 billion yen, with 696 consolidated subsidiaries and approximately 320,000 employees worldwide. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at https://www.hitachi.com. [AP1]

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Sustainability: Seychelles Breweries pledges to go fully green

The Seychelles Breweries company wants to improve its sustainability by going fully green in the coming years, the managing director revealed on Wednesday.

Yvonne Mwangi made the statement after meeting with the Seychelles President Wavel Ramkalawan at State House.

She told reporters that the company has begun implementing its sustainability master plan.

“We have a masterplan that we want to achieve by the year 2030, which is going to cost us about £8.8 million, to make sure that we remain a sustainable brewery on the island,” said Mwangi.

She added that the brewery is already using five percent solar energy and the company is building an effluent treatment plant, with more innovations coming. These will ensure that the company will be one of the few in Africa to be net-zero carbon.

Mwangi said discussions also touched on the role of Seychelles Breweries in responsible drinking and the partnership that the company can have with the Ministry of Health on that subject.

“We are committed to making sure that we educate consumers on alcohol and what it does to the body,” said Mwangi.

She added that Seychelles Breweries wants to get people into the brewery to see how alcohol is produced so that consumers can understand that they can drink alcohol responsibly.

“We are very clear about how we produce our alcohol and the quality that goes into it, and we would rather the people drink better than drink more,” added Mwangi.

She said the company is okay with losing a bit of their sales as long as people are drinking better.

Mwangi is replacing the outgoing managing director of Seychelles Breweries, Conor Neiland, who has been with the company since 2020.

She was accompanied on her visit to the president by, the managing director for Emerging African Markets at Diageo, Andrew Ross, and the commercial director of Seychelles Breweries, Bertrand Belle.

Seychelles Breweries, which was established in July 1972, has a workforce of over 90 percent Seychellois. The flagship product of the company is the SeyBrew beer, which has been produced since 1972.

The company also produces and bottles a range of alcohol-based beverages and soft drinks, including Slow Turtle Cider, EKU Bavaria, Guinness, Smirnoff Black, Smirnoff Red, along with its SeyPearl and Coca-Cola product range of non-alcoholic drinks.

Its parent company Diageo, is a British multinational alcoholic beverage company, with its headquarters in London, England, and operates from 132 sites around the world.

Source: Seychelles News Agency

Seychelles to review applications for biometric passports for those acquired under old Economic Investment Programme

The issuance of the new Seychellois biometric passport for citizenship acquired under the Economic Investment Programme will be done if the applicant properly complies with all the requirements of the law at the time, said a top government official on Thursday.

The statement was made by Seychelles Vice President Ahmed Afif in a Cabinet press briefing.

Afif told reporters that the government set up a citizenship committee when Seychelles was about to launch the biometric passport as the government wanted the process to be consistent and as per the law.

Seychelles, an archipelago in the western Indian Ocean, introduced the new biometric passport for its citizens in November 2022 and the first one was issued to President Wavel Ramkalawan.

The biometric passport has a microchip with data such as fingerprints, facial recognition, and digital signature elements.

The committee was set up to examine the awards of citizenship under Section 5 of the Citizenship Act 1994, whereby citizenship could be acquired through the Economic Investment Programme, which operated between 1995 and 2009.

“There are many people even if they are citizens, who have never come to Seychelles but they have a Seychellois passport they got through 5(2) that was on the economic investment programme. So we said if any among them came to Seychelles and asked to renew their passport and get a biometric one, let us do the exercise so that we can ensure that there is no fraud or laws broken,” explained Afif.

He said that the committee found that in many cases there were no proper records to prove that the process done was in order.

“The government decided since we could not find out everything in our records, those asking for renewal of their Seychellois passport because the ones they have, have expired, they need to show us proof that everything was done as per the requirement,” said Afif.

“They will have to tell us what investment they made, when made payments […] and if everything is in order, it is our obligation to renew these passports. If not everything is in order and we see that there are discrepancies in the process, we will look for evidence and examine each case for us to be sure whether the passport will be renewed or not,” he added.

In its meeting on Wednesday, the Cabinet of Ministers advised that the award of citizenship should be respected in cases where the applicant had properly complied with all the requirements of the law at the time.

However, any cases of citizenship awarded without the full due process would be subject to further investigation and possibly revoked in accordance with the law.

Source: Seychelles News Agency

M-CODe commends Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources

The Media Coalition Against Open Defecation (M-CODe), has commended the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources for rolling out a nationwide enforcement exercise to ensure the availability of toilet facilities for every household.

M-CODe considers the effort as laudable and a breakthrough in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Target 6.2, which requires achievement by 2030 of access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and the end of open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women, girls and those in vulnerable situations.

In a statement signed by Mr Francis Ameyibor, the M-CODe National Convenor, Dr Freda Prempeh, the Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, was applauded for championing the deployment of sanitation guards throughout the country, to help landlords and landladies construct household toilets.

The statement said Dr Prempeh deemed it imperative for every landlord or landlady to make toilet facilities available to their tenants hence, under the exercise, those who faltered, would be given some grace period to work on that.

However, those whose houses had no toilets and failed to provide them within the grace period would be prosecuted.

The Statement pledged that the coalition would support the initiative of the Ministry of Sanitation across the country to ensure that the needed public education and sensitisation were carried out with other stakeholders, including the ministry.

It said people who did not have access to a hygienic toilet and a place to wash their hands were often exposed to an array of fecally transmissible and potentially deadly diseases, that could be prevented with improved sanitation.

It indicated that sanitation and hygiene were motors that drive health, social and economic development around the world.

Meanwhile, M-CODe would hold a three-day empowerment forum from Wednesday, August 30th, to Friday, September 1st, for journalists in the Eastern Region to enhance their reportage on open defecation, eliminating the menace by the year 2030.

The statement said the event, supported by World Vision Ghana, formed part of the M-CODe 2023 Anti-Open Defecation Nationwide Advocacy activities.

Apart from the journalists, other participating stakeholders included the Regional Coordinating Council, Regional Environmental Health Officer, Municipal Environmental Health Officer, Ghana Education Service Regional and Municipal and the Regional SHEP Coordinator.

Others are the Municipal SHEP Coordinator, Ghana Health Service regional and municipal, Community Water and Sanitation Agency, Department of Community Development, Department of Gender, National Commission for Civic Education, and Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice.

The rest are the Centre for National Culture, Ghana Journalists Association Eastern Regional Chapter, Rural Watch Ghana, Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association, Ghana Medical Association, Ghana Coalition of NGOs in Health,

Divine Mother and Child Foundation, Charis Touch Foundation.

It also included the Christian Relief Organization, Nsawam, Plan International Ghana, Solidaridad West Africa, People’s Participation Programme, Begoro; and United Youth Club International, Nsawam.

M-CODe through the support of World Vision Ghana and Kings Hall Media has set up regional chapters in Volta, Ashanti, Northern, Bono, Upper East, Central, and the National Chapter in Greater Accra.

It considers empowerment through capacity building, linking strategic stakeholders in the fight against open defecation together, and creating a platform to expose communities still practising the act as part of national efforts towards ending the practice.

The statement said M-CODe would continue to engage strategic stakeholders, including Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Ministry of Sanitation, among others, to revamp and sustain activism, to change the parameters and create an open defecation-free society.

Source: Ghana News Agency

China introduces Ghana to its poverty alleviation model

The Chinese Embassy in Ghana has embarked on an initiative of sharing with Ghanaians China’s Targeted Poverty Alleviation Model which lifted 800 million Chinese from extreme poverty.

The initiative formed part of the Asian country’s strategy to deepen collaboration with African countries to promote sustainable development and improve standards of living of citizens across the continent.

Speaking at a conference on the theme, ‘Piloting China’s Targeted Poverty Alleviation Model in West Africa under Chinese Pace to Modernisation,’ Mr LU Kun said his country’s vision of poverty alleviation had enjoyed more attention from the international community.

‘China has been sharing experience of poverty alleviation with the world and contributing to global endeavour in this regard,’ he said.

He observed that poverty alleviation was a process rather than event that required constant monitoring and re-strategizing when necessary to ensure that standards of living did not drop.

‘After eradicating household poverty, China has been conducting follow up and monitoring in areas where people have nearly escaped poverty and has set a grace period during which other support policies would continue,’ he said.

Mr Yang Qun, President of the Ghana Chinese Enterprise Chamber of Commerce, said the country’s Poverty Alleviation Model was not a one-size-fits-all as it would require countries to make adaptations to suit their culture, institutions, and ideology.

Mr Dan Botwe, Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, said decentralisation through the local government structures was key in ensuring that any poverty alleviation intervention became successful.

‘No matter the policy, we can best achieve when we go by what the constitution and other laws have suggested, using the Government architecture and make sure that we pursue decentralisation,’ he said.

He called for a retrospection to analyse the approach and impact of non-government organisations (NGOS) and government interventions in alleviating poverty in the country.

‘What is poverty and when we say we have eradicated poverty, what do we mean and what is the manifestation?’ He queried.

Professor Zhang Yongpeng of the China -Africa Institute explained that China’s model of poverty alleviation was based on precision in identifying vulnerable households to guide the design of accurate interventions and the management of procedures.

The model, he noted, worked better when national resources for poverty alleviation were pooled and targeted towards the concept.

Professor Alexander Bilson Darku, Senior Scholar, Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) Ghana, said Ghana could serve as a role model to other West African countries if challenges with effective targeting and funding innovations were addressed.

He also highlighted the huge disparities of access to poverty programmes between the Northern part and Southern part of the country as a bottleneck that needed attention.

In attendance to the conference jointly organised by the IEA Ghana and the Chinese Embassy, were Justice Emile Short, Former Commissioner of the Commission on Human Rights and Administratve Justice (CHRAJ), Former Chief Justice Sophia A.B. Akuffo and the former Speaker of Parliament, Prof Aaron Mike Oquaye, among others.

Source: Ghana News Agency