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FRONTEO Launches AI Review Solution “KIBIT Automator” that Improves Efficiency of Document Review

TOKYO, March 15, 2019 – FRONTEO, Inc. (“FRONTEO”) (NASDAQ: FTEO) (TSE: 2518), a leading provider of artificial intelligence (“AI”) based big data analysis services, announced today its “KIBIT Automator,” a software that specializes in electronic document review operations during electronic discovery procedures. Review operations conducted by visual observation generally process around 60 documents per hour, but KIBIT Automator aims to increase this to 150.

As discovery is a necessary procedure for civil litigations in the United States, KIBIT Automator was developed for the purposes of enhancing document review efficiency specifically in e-discovery, reducing the load of reviewers, and cutting costs. It is said that text review generates the most costs in the discovery process and can amount to approximately 70% of the total discovery costs. The task at hand for discovery, then, is how well the review process can be optimized and how well costs can be condensed. Responding to these issues, KIBIT Automator highlights sections in texts that should be reviewed, indicates whether certain sections could be relevant or not relevant to the evidence using AI, and excludes sentences that are not relevant, all functions that could improve the efficiency of reviews. KIBIT Automator will function as plug-ins for FRONTEO’s “Lit i View” and Relativity’s review solutions, widely utilized text review software.


KIBIT Automator’s strengths

Highlights sections that need to be reviewed: This can decrease the quantity of sentences that reviewers actually need to read.

Suggests whether sections are relevant or not relevant: Based on a score calculated by AI “KIBIT” indicating the degree of relevance, it suggests categorization into “relevant or not relevant.” The AI properly supports decisions in which humans could make mistakes on depending on the person.

Assisted Learning: With its cut-off function that decides “sentences that do not need to be read,” it realizes drastic improvements in the reading speed of sentences.


A New Billing Model

The cost, duration, volume, and reviewers’ speed and skill have all been raised as matters of concerns for text review billing from both clients and law offices. Until now, fees were charged on a man-month basis, and depending on the client, this created situations where quality had to be compromised to keep costs down for reviews with a high level of difficulty. As KIBIT Automator has the functions mentioned above, it shortens the time taken for reviews and maintains the quality of document reviews that is not affected by the skills of the reviewer or their degree of fatigue due to prolonged operations. This has realized a billing model that corresponds to the text quantity. Not only does this make it easy to estimate costs, it also realizes improved efficiency of text reviews without having to sacrifice quality.

By providing KIBIT Automator and through its continual improvement, FRONTEO aims to automate text reviews through AI in the future. At its current stage, reviews still require human decision making, but in the future FRONTEO hopes to realize a world where machines can conduct reviews enabling humans to concentrate on communicating and developing litigation strategies based on the results of the reviews.



KIBIT is an AI engine developed by FRONTEO. KIBIT is a word coined by combining “kibi,” a Japanese word meaning “subtlety,” and “bit,” the smallest unit of digital information, in order to indicate an AI capable of understanding the subtle elements of human behavior and personality.


About FRONTEO, Inc.

FRONTEO, Inc. (“FRONTEO”) (NASDAQ: FTEO) (TSE: 2158) supports the analysis of big data based on behavior informatics by utilizing its technology, “KIBIT”. FRONTEO’s KIBIT technology is driven by FRONTEO artificial intelligence based on knowledge acquired through its litigation support services. KIBIT incorporates experts’ tacit knowledge, including their experiences and intuitions, and utilizes that knowledge for big data analysis. FRONTEO continues to expand its business operations by applying KIBIT to new fields such as healthcare and marketing. FRONTEO was founded in 2003 as a provider of e-discovery and international litigation support services. These services include the preservation, investigation and analysis of evidence materials contained in electronic data, and computer forensic investigation.

FRONTEO provides e-discovery and litigation support by making full use of its data analysis platform, “Lit i View”, and its Predictive Coding technology adapted to Asian languages. The company name was changed from UBIC, Inc. to FRONTEO, Inc. as of July 1, 2016.

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