The Quarantine was a scanning unit in use in the alternate reality. It incorporated the functions of a universal translator and other devices to provide information about individuals, including their physiology.
The Yorktown had such a unit in their HQ. In 2263, the "rescued" alien Kalara was scanned by the Quarantine upon her transport aboard the Yorktown from her escape pod. After taking readings, it began to automatically translate her unknown language into English. (Star Trek Beyond)