Simultaneous interpretation facilitates the communication of speech from one language to another, allowing presentations to flow without delay. The attendee usually hear the translations by using headset receivers.
If you are handling multilingual conferences and events for corporations, associations, or international organizations, you probably will need to provide simultaneous interpreting services.
Simultaneous interpretation equipment is usually hired separately from the interpretation service. Then pay attention in terms of interpreter qualifications and the hiring process. It is advisable to book your interpreters early, several months before your event. The best interpreters are often in high demand. Unusual language combinations may be hard to find at the last moment (here you can find an accurate list of the costs you may face when engaging a professional and skilled interpreter: https://aiic.net/node/28/how-much-will-it-cost/lang/1).
And then there's the equipment that lets you send audio signals from the speaker to the interpreter and from the interpreter to the attendee: choosing the right Interpretation Equipment for your events can be a daunting task, especially when you are unfamiliar with interpretation services. It is therefore necessary for you to be aware of the necessary equipment and the costs you will face:
- Interpretation Booths - They allow the interpreter to work in a quiet environment while blocking their voice from disturbing the conference attendees and the speaker. Inside the booths, the interpreters will receive an audio feed and simultaneously interpret into another language. For simultaneous interpretation you will normally need one booth per language. The booths should conform to ISO 2063 (built-in) or ISO 4043 (mobile) booth standards.
- Interpreter Consoles - The console is the digital working station for interpreters, allowing them to receive, transmit, and control audio through microphones and earphones.
- Audio Distribution - In the world of interpretation there are two technologies used to transmit the audio feeds: radio frequency (RF) or infrared (IR). Usually these equipments require a great organizational and economic effort: the rental of equipment for simultaneous translation is expensive and moreover requires the presence of a technical team for installations and technical tests before the event. Equipment supplier’s technician should operate the system throughout the conference, and not leave it in the hands of untrained operators. Hostesses must also be present to give audio receivers to the participants and put them back once the event is over.
NEW PROFESSIONAL SOFTWARE FOR SIMULTANEOUS INTERPRETING SERVICES
Recently some companies have launched new professional software for simultaneous interpreting that does not include the equipment mentioned above and that simplify different aspects of this service and that takes advantage of BYOD technology. So the MICE market has opened the door to new particularly attractive alternatives that allow you to choose between multiple solutions, based on your needs. One of the latest technology is Ablioconference, launched on the MICE market at Integrated Systems Europe 2019, co-financed by the European Commission (under Horizon2020), guarantee of reliable products with high technological value. ablioconference is a complete simultaneous translation system for conferences and events, operated by the event managers and the interpreters, from any browser, while translation channels are listened to by the audience through the ablioaudience mobile apps (Here the list of "hardware" planned to set up the system: https://ablioconference.com/how-it-works).
In addition Ablioconference differs from the other systems because it does not rely on Internet connections and Wi-Fi: it works through its own Internet and Wi-Fi configuration and management system and it’s available for any size of venue, number of participants and language channels. Then we can imagine the clear advantages it should bring in addition to the reduction of overall organization needs and set-up man hours: costs savings of over 80% thanks to eliminating the cost of renting an hardware equipment, greatly reduced set-up requirements and time, plus the complete elimination of headset distribution and interpreters’ travel expenses.
ENGAGE PROFESSIONAL INTERPRETERS DIRECTLY FROM THE AC DASHBOARD - REMOTE OR ON-SITE
It boasts the ability to hire professional and accredited interpreters directly from the dashboard (reducing the hiring process within minutes) as well as being able to use their own interpreters. And also the interpreters can work on-site or by remote.
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