The Media Monitoring System

The Media Monitoring System (MMS) is a powerful translation and archival program of multi-national media from across the globe created by Raytheon BBN Technologies and hosted at Texas A&M University, the only institution of higher education with this system.

Comprised of the Broadcast Monitoring System (BMS) and the Web Monitoring System (WMS), the MMS gives the user access to non-English media sources of world events via the systems’ comprehensive search function capabilities spanning multiple languages.

The BMS Summary

Texas A&M University has five Broadcast Monitoring Systems (BMS) that ingests satellite news feeds in Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Russian and Spanish then transcribes the feeds into its native script. Thereafter, the scripts are translated into English. The transcript and translation are searchable and synchronized to the video, providing powerful capabilities for effective retrieval and precise playback of the video and its speech content. These data are stored for one year with searchable text strings while the Arabic-language BMS has a recorded archive since 12 December 2010, just prior to the onset of the Arab Spring uprisings.

The WMS Summary

The eight Web Monitoring Systems (WMS) pull content from preconfigured websites in Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Hebrew, Hindi, Russian, Spanish, and Urdu that refreshes daily. Like the BMS, the WMS translates and stores data. In addition, the MMS provides access to Social Media Monitoring for Twitter and Facebook for a “triangulation” of sources used in Media Analysis, Intelligence, and Language Learning. The WMS’s automatic analysis of content simplifies identification, translation and retrieval from overwhelming volumes of continuously-accumulating media. MMS users interact with the system from any PC or laptop via common high-speed IP network. The only required software is Windows Internet Explorer and Media Player 9.

Background

Funded by the Technology Support Working Group (TSWG) of the Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office of the Department of Defense with collaboration and contribution from the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI).