Saturday, 11 October 2014

What type of equipment is required for Simultaneous Interpretation?

The parameters of the meeting will determine the type of equipment required for providing simultaneous interpretation. For the majority of conferences, the famous Chinese interpretation provider said that the following equipment will be required: Interpretation Booths

Interpretation booths are used to provide sound insulation for the interpreters. They allow them to work in a quiet environment while blocking their voice from distracting the meeting attendees. Inside the booths, the interpreters will receive an audio feed of the floor channel (the current speaker in the meeting) and simultaneously interpret into another language.

Looking for an equipment provider, you should enquire whether their portable booths meet the ISO-4043 standards or not. If they have the certificate, it is safe for you to assume that the booths will provide proper sound insulation and an adequate working environment for interpreters in terms of comfort, ventilation, lighting and visibility. Detailed information can be found at ISO-4043:1998. Meeting ISO-4043 standards will be an absolute pre-requirement when organizing an event for a prominent international organization.

Table-top booths are generally not recommended but are sometimes used in meeting facilities with limited space where a standard interpretation booth is too large. Table-top interpretation booths provide minimal sound insulation and do not meet ISO requirements.

Interpreter Consoles As the introduction from /, the console is the central working station for interpreters allowing them to receive, transmit and control the audio. Two interpreters in a same language booth might share one console but individual microphones are always preferred. With the advancements of digital technology interpreter consoles now have advanced features such as Relay and Auto-Relay for events with multiple interpreted languages, or Repeat allowing interpreters to rewind live audio if they missed a word or phrase. Meeting planners should seek vendors that offer the latest generation interpreter consoles, as they have features allowing interpreters to perform more efficiently. Additionally newer consoles increase the overall fidelity of the audio.

Language Distribution Language distribution provides the audio of the interpreted languages to the meeting attendees who require interpretation. For the majority of conferences, this is done wirelessly. In the world of interpretation there are two technologies used to wirelessly transmit language channels: RF (radio frequency) or IR (infrared).

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