UN Sponsored Simultaneous Translation App For Adobe Connect a Web-Conferencing First

September 14, 2011 – Toronto, Canada

A big step forward was taken today to render the virtual a viable alternative to the physical for Multi National Corporations. Thanks to efforts by Adobe Systems and partners, the International Telecommunication Union – a United Nations agency – can now replicate the sophisticated system of live translators found on the UN Assembly floor within an online environment, removing a significant barrier to the use of virtual rooms for meetings of global audiences.

For use with Adobe’s Connect platform, the rPhone, a Refined Data Solutions-ZipDX LLC product, automatically synchronizes attendees and translators throughout the duration of a virtual meeting so that participants always hear the conference audio in their native language, with no human intervention required. Users can even request the floor and be prompted to speak as if a moderator were present. “This is the first time the UN has been able to support remote collaboration of this nature, and it’s a fantastic use case applicable to myriad organizations including multi-national firms” divulged Michael Lundgren, Director of Product Marketing for Adobe Connect. “It’s a significant development” reiterated Refined Data CEO, Terry Shane. “This technology solves a substantial logistical problem for global companies that have been unable to find a practical way to make multilingual virtual meetings a reality until now.” The rPhone – a product that already offers live on-demand transcription – places no limits on the number of languages for simultaneous translation; that is determined by the client. And while Adobe and Refined Data plan to continue exploring ways to deliver innovative solutions, the UN is pleased to have helped pioneer this venture. “We’re excited to have a unique, cost-effective platform that supports our need for Simultaneous Interpretation … in important global events.” said Dr. Hamadoun Toure, Secretary General of the ITU.

About Refined Data Solutions

Refined Data Solutions is based in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada and is an Authorized Reseller of Adobe’s award winning Connect Web Conferencing and Virtual Meeting tool. The company is also the world’s leading developer of extension applications for Connect and works closely with Adobe to service a global clientele. The company offers hosted online Learning Management and Corporate Training systems for companies and universities in Canada, the USA, Europe and Australia.

To learn more, visit http://www.RefinedData.com.

About the International Telecommunication Union of the UN

ITU is the leading United Nations agency for information and communication technology. For over 145 years, ITU has coordinated the shared global use of the radio spectrum, promoted international cooperation in assigning satellite orbits, worked to improve communication infrastructure in the developing world, and established the worldwide standards that foster seamless interconnection of a vast range of communications systems. From broadband networks to new-generation wireless technologies, aeronautical and maritime navigation, radio astronomy, satellite-based meteorology and converging fixed-mobile phone, Internet and broadcasting technologies, ITU is committed to connecting the world.

Related ITU Press Release: http://www.itu.int/net/pressoffice/press_releases/2011/CM13.aspx.

About Adobe Connect

Adobe Connect is an award winning “best-of-breed” web conferencing solution for enterprises of any size. The platform is Flash based and can be run on Windows, Macintosh and Linux computers as well as iPhone, iPad and Android mobile devices. Unlike other best web conferencing platforms, Adobe Connect includes a powerful SDK (software development kit) that allows third-party companies to extend the platform by writing their own extensions to meet a wide variety of business needs.

To learn more, visit http://www.adobe.com/products/adobeconnect.html.

About ZipDX LLC

ZipDX LLC is a privately-held company based in Los Gatos, California. ZipDX offers patented “no-codes” conferencing, unique “call-me” capability, secure meetings, integration with popular electronic calendar tools, powerful on-line conference controls, integrated WebSharing, worldwide access numbers and comprehensive on-line administrative tools. ZipDX conferencing rates are some of the most competitive in the industry. More information is available at www.ZipDX.com.

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