Online interpreting is a simple, effective way of overcoming linguistic and geographical barriers, because it allows clients to access high-quality interpreting services while eliminating many logistical issues.
Driven by the exponential development of new technology in the sector, online interpreting is more and more in demand as a way of boosting the international reach of on-site events, as well as for 100% digital events.
With the huge increase in smart working, virtual meetings and digital initiatives triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown and physical distancing measures, online interpreting services have experienced something of a boom and have come to represent the new frontier of simultaneous translation.
In fact, online interpreting services perfectly meet the demands of the new normal, where remote activities have become an integral part of business operations.
Online interpreting is a form of simultaneous or consecutive interpreting where the interpreter, speakers and audience can be in different locations. They are connected through a platform that allows the interpreter (an individual or a team) to simultaneously translate a speech while listeners use their desktop computer or mobile device to select and listen to the translation in their language.
Online interpreting provides the same professional quality a client would expect from an interpreter in the booth, but it means the client avoids:
- Logistical requirements associated with interpreter travel and sourcing booths, headphones and technical equipment
- Travel costs for interpreters and the cost of renting systems, booths and equipment
That’s why online interpreting services are the perfect solution for any kind of live or digital event, including webinars, meetings, negotiations and conferences.
No matter what you need, our translation agency will source the best-suited native-speaker professionals, offer recommendations and work with clients to plan the best solutions for their online interpreting service.
Thanks to our familiarity with the latest technology and continued professional development of our language professionals, we can operate on any system. This includes the most widespread platforms:
- Google Hangouts
- Google Meetings
- Free Conference Call.com
But we also work with professional platforms created to ensure the best possible multilingual online interpreting service:
- Voice Boxer
- Life Size
Our dedicated project managers are on hand to recommend the most suitable platform for each online interpreting event, based on the specific nature of your request.
Thanks to our native-speaker professionals, who are trained on all types of platforms, our range of online interpreting services covers all languages and any industry sector.
The precursor to online interpreting: telephone interpreting
The rise of online interpreting means that services such as telephone interpreting and conference call interpreting — the precursors to modern remote interpreting — are becoming obsolete.
That said, in emergency or exceptional situations, telephone interpreting services can still play a key role, which is why our translation agency can adapt and offer any form of remote interpreting.
Though the lack of visual clues makes it a very challenging form of interpreting, telephone interpreting can be effective when needs arise at short notice, are particularly urgent or are so confidential that video recordings are not recommended.
Consecutive interpreting is used for telephone interpreting services, with the interpreter translating after the speaker has finished, or during regular pauses. The complexity of the service means that telephone interpreting is usually used for relatively brief exchanges, where an interpreter is needed to facilitate comprehension and translate between the various speakers.
Regardless of whether you need online interpreting, telephone interpreting or any other form of Remote Simultaneous Interpreting (RSI), our translation agency has vast experience and a huge network of professionals allowing us to work closely with clients to identify the best solution and ensure impeccable remote interpreting services.