ACIS Consulting Showcases Advanced Integration of FAST ESP with Multimedia Feeds

September 14, 2010

ACIS Consulting showcases advanced integration of FAST ESP with multimedia processing technologies to enable indexing and search of live TV and Radio programs broadcast in English and French languages.

As everyone is well awre, the use of video broadcasts and audio podcasts has been growing rapidly over the past few years. This trend has experienced explosive growth with the advent of youtube and similar services.

The immediate challenge that comes with this exponential growth of multimedia content is finding a specific video or audio clip that relates to a given topic or search keyword.

Implementing a complete end-to-end system that indexes a video or audio feed requires tight integration and information exchange between various processing components including content capture system, voice to text conversion, feeding and indexing by FAST ESP, integration of search results processing for clip alignment and playback presentation.

This solution was successfully implemented and showcased to demonstrate the overall system capability to index live video broadcast feeds in real time.

Users are able to monitor and index multi-channel broadcasts and search for specific keywords to display the exact clip they are looking for.

Please contact us if you’d like to arrange for a quick demo on this product.

 

Microsoft Certified with Search Competency in FAST ESP

September 14, 2010

ACIS Consulting becomes among the first to be Microsoft Certified with Search Competency in FAST ESP.

 

FAST Results

September 10, 2010

You may have heard of the recent announcements about Google Instant Results (TM) which is being touted as a new way to do search in the consumer search space.

Our area of focus is in implementing search within the Enterprsie and we decided to see what it would take to implement this using FAST ESP and to evaluate the benefits of such an interaction paradigm for a public facing site search.

We were able to standup a simple implementation of a different variation of such an approach, within two days, by leveraging a recent FAST Enterprise Search project we did for Service and Location Finder (SLF) we did for the Ontario Govt.
We dubbed approach “FAST Results” 😉

What we found ?

The dynamic interaction might be appealing to internet savvy users who are used to consuming a lot of information very quickly.

The volume of unrelated content presented can sometimes be a little disconcerting. For example if you are looking for “Vacuum Cleaners” you might see results about Verizon, Vans, Vacations etc. before you see vacuum cleaner related FAST results returned. The reason for this is, of course understandable.

Our Conclusion ?

Within the Enterprise Search arena, an interaction paradigm such as FAST Results might be quite useful in environments where the domain of content being searched is well defined. E.g. List of services offered, book titles or restaurant search.

 
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