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Autonomy Releases New XML Engine, Speech-Recognition Technology

Magazine article Information Today

Autonomy Releases New XML Engine, Speech-Recognition Technology

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Autonomy Corp. has announced the release of AXE, a technology that will enable Autonomy's original equipment manufacturer customers and end-users to overcome the current obstacles in the processing of XML. AXE is a complementary technology to Autonomy's Dynamic Reasoning Engine (DRE) version 4.0. The company has also announced that its iVoice speech-recognition technology has shipped to its first customers. This product enables organizations to make sense of vast volumes of enterprise and Web information, in the form of both text and voice. This is the first commercial implementation of iVoice technology, which was developed with the speech-recognition software that Autonomy acquired from SoftSound, Ltd. last year.


According to Autonomy, the use of XML is already widespread, but its deployment has significant limitations. Not only are tags often chosen manually---a costly process--but XML has no built-in understanding of concepts that are similar to one another. In XML, for example, the tag [less than]aircraft[greater than] and the tag [less than]plane[greater than] are wholly unrelated items. Typically, this presents considerable problems, because information from different sources that has been structured using different tagging schema can't be reconciled, even when there are important conceptual similarities. This lack of conceptual understanding is a considerable handicap to the success of XML as the de facto standard for information exchange.

According to the company, AXE addresses both issues directly. AXE's conceptual understanding enables it to automatically insert XML tags and links into documents, based on the concepts contained in the information. This eliminates all manual cost. Secondly, AXE allows XML applications to understand conceptual information, independent of variations in tagging schemas or the variety of applications in use. This means, for example, that legacy data from disparate sources that was tagged using different schemas can be automatically reconciled and operated upon.

Hadley Reynolds, research director at the Delphi Group in Boston, said: "E-businesses are bullish on XML enabling intimate understandings among interchange partners' commerce systems. At issue are the difficulties organizations are experiencing converting their information into XML-aware formats. Autonomy's XML automation addresses the major obstacle posed by today's requirement to manually prepare XML business documents."

Richard Gaunt, Autonomy's co-founder and group chief technology officer, said: "Autonomy has always been at the forefront of the XML initiative. …

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