Technical study on transmission of sound and image through cloud-based systems for RSI
Technical study on transmission of sound and image through cloud-based systems for remote interpreting in simultaneous mode (Remote Simultaneous Interpreting - RSI)
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In the past years, several providers of Remote Simultaneous Interpreting platforms have come to the market with technological solutions providing the possibility to deliver interpreting services with the interpreters working from a distance, rather than being located at the same venue together with the speaker(s). As the components of the interpreting systems being used for the delivery of interpreting services in remote modality cannot be physically connected to each other in such settings, RSI platforms make use of information and communications technologies for the transmission of audio and video signals to interpreters.
Following publication of AIIC’s position recognizing “the importance of all ISO standards relating to conference interpreting, interpreting equipment and sound and image input to interpreters, and that all Distance Interpreting modalities must meet the applicable requirements of those standards, as well as the Association's own technical specifications” (see AIIC’s position paper on Distance Interpreting here), the AIIC Technical and Health Committee commissioned a technical study on the transmission of sound and image through cloud-based systems for remote interpreting in simultaneous mode. In close cooperation with the AIIC Private Market Sector (PRIMS), six platforms were selected to run a comparative analysis of the characteristics of input signals fed into the system at the source (source signals) and output signals at the sink (output signals transmitted to interpreters), related to essential parameters applicable to audio and combined audio/video signals for simultaneous interpreting, based on the requirements set out in ISO standards 20108 and 20109.
The results of this study are intended to provide guidance to all stakeholders (e.g. interpreters, consultant interpreters, recruiters, end users, developers) when considering the use of cloud-based RSI systems, and shall serve as a guideline for the further development of these systems.
Technical and Health Committee, June 2019
Note : These tests were conducted in order to assess the objective technical performance of the various test subjects and in no way constitute an endorsement, dismissal, or qualitative judgement of the tested systems.
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Recommended citation format:Technical Committee,Executive Committee. "Technical study on transmission of sound and image through cloud-based systems for RSI". aiic.net June 11, 2019. Accessed July 7, 2020. <http://aiic.net/p/8831>.
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