[email protected] | +44 20 3286 7471

online interpreting platform

ONLINE INTERPRETING PLATFORMS

technology

In recent years, new technological developments have given way to what is known as Remote Simultaneous Interpreting.

This remote interpreting is done via virtual platforms of which, by my count, there are around five currently operating successfully in the market* and can be divided in two main groups:

  1. Virtual interpreting booths
  2. Meeting platforms with simultaneous translation

VIRTUAL INTERPRETING BOOTHS

These platforms do what it says on the tin: provide remote interpretation services for face-to-face or online events.

Thus, participants and delegates either attend the conference the traditional way or via an online meeting platform, while interpreters connect remotely to the interpreting booth from either our home offices or a hub provided by the platform company.

Under this format, participants need to do two things:

  • Attend a conference in person or connect to the virtual meeting room where the event is being held (and mute its audio)
  • Connect to the interpreters’ audio stream, usually by downloading an app to a separate device, such as a tablet or mobile

MEETING PLATFORMS WITH SIMULTANEOUS TRANSLATION

These are proper meeting platforms offering all the standard features and capabilities of stablished online meeting platforms, such as screen and ppt presentation sharing, on-camera interventions, group and private chat, floor sharing PLUS virtual interpreting booths and separate language channels for participants to choose to listen to.

Under this format, there is no need for special equipment or setup, as participants connect to a single platform which interface includes both the meeting/event and the interpreters’ audio stream.

WINS
  • Lower carbon footprint, as less people need to be on site
  • Cost saving here but additional costs there: save on traditional booths, travel and accommodation, but need to get specialist equipment, minimum connectivity, platform access, etc.
  • Hosting meetings without having to mobilise entire teams or taking staff members away from key tasks for too long
LOSES
  • Face-to-Face interaction; coffee breaks, lunch, and after-work drinks are sometimes as or even more fruitful than the events themselves
  • Guarantee of uninterrupted, good quality audio stream as it is impossible to control and adjust everybody’s Internet connection or online behaviour
  • Nuances in the interpreters’ renditions as, by not being on site, we are unable to ‘read the room’

So, having first-hands experience working with both types of platforms, I would say that remote interpreting is a lot like online dating: whether it works for you or not depends a lot on what you are looking for, what you want to achieve, and how much you’re willing to invest.

Remotely or not, words always connect worlds.

*For specific names, information, and user experience about each platform, please email me on [email protected]

STAY IN THE LOOP!

Get the MULTILATERAL Notes in your inbox and don't miss out on anything. It's free!

Make sure to add [email protected] to your contacts so you don't miss your Notes.

Don't worry, your information will not be shared.

#WordsConnectWorlds 

APPLYING INTERPRETING TO DIPLOMATIC SETTINGS

WATCHING THE ENGLISH by expert Kate Fox

PHONE CONFERENCES

DOING BUSINESS INTERNATIONALLY