DHS S&T Funds San Jose Startup to Customize Language Translator for USCG

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Branch (S&T) awarded myLanguage of San Jose, Calif., $199,592 in Phase 1 funding to adapt and customize its language translation platform to support the U.S. Coast Guard.

“We look forward to working with myLanguage as they develop language translation solutions to improve the safety and efficiency of USCG missions,” said Wendy Chaves, Head of Research, Development, Testing and of Coast Guard Evaluation and Innovation.

Coast Guard operators must be able to communicate with ship occupants – many of whom may not be English-speaking – when performing various rescue and survey missions. Accurate and timely translation of information is critical to the safety and security of USCG boarding crews and ship occupants. S&T Silicon Valley Innovation Program (VIP) language translator the solicitation was for new capabilities to help the Coast Guard facilitate real-time communication with non-English speakers and those unable to communicate verbally. The RFP also included requirements for language translation technology to be able to operate both online and offline, as many USCG interactions take place under extreme environmental conditions in locations with no cell service or internet connection. Internet.

The current myLanguage platform is an online and offline speech recognition and text-to-text translation system that uses deep learning and artificial intelligence. During Phase 1, myLanguage will adapt its voice translation technologies for use in a rugged handheld mobile device that can withstand extreme temperatures and is able to customize model designs and training language models to fit. to USCG use cases.

“The goal of myLanguage technologies is to enable seamless conversations across language barriers,” said Melissa Oh, CEO of SVIP. “This Phase 1 funding allows myLanguage to expand its product commercialization capabilities and provide USCG with innovative technology that enhances operator safety and mission outcomes.”

About SVP

SVIP is one of S&T’s programs and tools for funding innovation and collaborating with the private sector to advance homeland security solutions. Companies participating in the SVIP are eligible for non-dilutive funding of up to $2 million over four phases to develop and adapt commercial technologies for homeland security use cases.

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