ETS’ COLLABORATION WITH GOOGLE CLOUD LEADS TO DEVELOPMENT OF LANGUAGE TRANSLATION APPLICATION

Posted on Dec 21, 2018 in Featured, News, Press Release

HONOLULU — The State of Hawaii Office of Enterprise Technology (ETS) is piloting a language translation application, which translates content into 80 different languages. The app was created through a collaboration between ETS and Google Cloud, using the Google Cloud Translation API.
According to research by the Department of Business and Economic Development, about one in four Hawaii residents aged 5 and older spoke a language other than English. This pilot project will make information more accessible to non-English speakers and enable government officials to communicate with their constituents more effectively and efficiently. Right now, the app is being used to demonstrate its capabilities through the translation of legislative documents. While using the application, a person can query in their native language and once the search completes, the document translates. Eventually, ETS plans to implement the application to provide translation services for State of Hawaii websites.
The underlying technology used to support the translator application is updated constantly to include improvements from Google Cloud research teams, which results in better translations and new languages and language pairs.
This translator application is one of the many innovative projects ETS is working on. Earlier this year, Hawaii was ranked first among fifty states in emerging technologies/innovation, according to the Center for Digital Government’s 2018 Digital States Survey.

Link to the translator app: http://ets.hawaii.gov/translation-demo/

Watch the Google documentary on the ETS’ journey in creating the translator application: