SYSTRAN is one of the oldest machine translation companies. SYSTRAN has done an extensive work for the Defense Department of the United States and the European Commission.
It is the widest machine translation server and provides Altavista and Google’s online translation services with its technology. SYSTRAN has 50,000 basic words and 250,000 scientific words, and the speed of the processing of translations is 500,000 an hour.
Machine Translation is the process that uses a computer software to translate texts from a natural language into another. Machine Translation takes into account the grammatical structure of each language and uses some rules to change the grammatical structure of the text when it translates.
Translation is not an easy task since it is not a mere substitution of words but it is a question of knowing the rules and structures of the languages involved. Therefore, what machine translation takes into consideration is: Mophology, Syntax and Semantics.
SYSTRAN’s technology is developed for Linux and spreads to the Unix and Microsoft Windows platforms.SYSTRAN uses the most modern Natural Language Processing technologies. The systems integrate finite technology in order to accelerate the acces to the bases of linguistic knowledge. In fact, SYSTRAN has more bases of multilingual knowledge than normal computers can hold. XML, Unicode and HTTP are basic in applications to multilingual subjects, for instance, Web, email, Intranet, advertising… The development and evolution of SYSTRAN is possible thanks to constant research about the development of Linguistics and NLP. The aim is to prepare the new generation machine translation systems in order to improve the quality of the translations.
SYSTRAN’s operation is very easy. In SYSTRAN webpage you find SYSTRAN 5.0 translator. Then, you enter a text of up to 150 words, the web page in which the text you want to translate appears and the language of both the original text and of the text you want to translate (from Arabic into English, from English into Arabic, From English into Swedish, from Swedish into English, from English into Dutch, from Dutch into English…). And so on it translates up to 12 languages from English into those languages and the other way round. The rest of the idiomatic options are from French into: Dutch, Spanish, French, German, Italian, English and Portuguese and viceversa. Moreover, there is an option to register to look for more specific things.