Basis Technology Selected by Kobo to Support Japanese Language Processing

Rosette® delivers accurate linguistic processing for Japanese market

Cambridge—December 9, 2013—Basis Technology today announced that Kobo, a global leader in eReading, selected the Rosette® linguistics platform to support its eReading platform for the Japanese market. Toronto-based Kobo offers nearly 4-million eBooks, magazines, and newspapers across 68 languages including Japanese. The company offers a suite of top-ranking eReading apps, E Ink eReaders and eReading tablets including the newly announced Kobo Aura and the Kobo Arc lineup of Google-certified Android tablets.

Since 2012, Kobo has offered its products and services to the Japanese market. With over ten years of experience and achievements in the Japanese commercial and government markets and a high reputation for performance and reliability, Basis Technology was the ideal partner to support the Japanese linguistic processing required to deliver a superior experience for Japanese customers.

Kobo uses Rosette to perform essential processing of Japanese text, including tokenization, normalization, part-of-speech tagging, entity extraction, transcoding, and Unicode compliance. In addition to Japanese, Rosette offers text analytics capabilities in languages covering Europe, Asia, the Americas, and the Middle East.

“Japan is an emerging market,” said Wayne White, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Kobo. “We know that in order to deliver a great experience for our most passionate Readers, a fully localized experience for digital content in Japan is critical. We selected Basis Technology for its linguistic technology and years of experience in Japanese language solutions.”

“The need to search and process multilingual digital content continues to grow,” said Carl Hoffman, CEO of Basis Technology. “We are pleased to be chosen as a business partner of Kobo to support its efforts to expand into Japan’s eReading market, and we’re confident that Rosette’s highly-scalable natural language processing capabilities will provide Kobo’s Japanese customers with an excellent e-reading experience.

About Basis Technology

Basis Technology develops innovative products and solutions incorporating multilingual text analytics and digital forensics. The Rosette® linguistics platform provides morphological analysisentity extractionname matchingname translation, and Arabic chat translation, yielding useful information from unstructured data in such fields as information retrieval, government intelligence, e‑discovery, and financial compliance. Our digital forensics team pioneers better, faster, and cheaper techniques to extract forensic evidence, keeping government and law enforcement ahead of the exponential growth of data storage volumes.

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