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TOP MARKET PLAYERS present their RSI platforms to AIIC


AIIC, the International Association of Conference Interpreters, is one of the world’s most prestigious interpreter associations. It consists of around 3,000 professional conference interpreters from every continent. To become a member, an interpreter should have many years of professional experience and a number of references. 

As an association of interpreters whose goal is to promote excellence and to update its members about new market trends, AIIC organized a professional seminar on RSI in July 2017. At the event, which took place at the Altiero Spinelli Civic School for Interpreters and Translators in Milan, Interprefy and five other providers ZipDX, Interactio, Voiceboxer, Headvox and Catalava, presented their respective RSI platforms. 

During the presentations, the AIIC interpreters demonstrated an keen interest in this new technology and the opportunities it offers. There was a general consent that RSI will lead to MORE job opportunities. Two attending interpreters spoke about their experiences working on the Interprefy platform at an event Bellinzona, Switzerland. One was located in Bologna and the other in Veneto, both hundreds of kilometers from the event. Both interpreters found the Interprefy platform convenient and easy to use.   

However, RSI also raised questions among the participants. The most common were:

What would happen if the Internet connection drops? 

The Interprefy platform has automatic line-monitoring and a auto-reconnect function if the Internet connection should interrupt. Also, the platform can be connected to a traditional transmitter, so that only one audio file from the server to the venue is needed. The streaming to the participants on-site is then handled via IR or radio signal. 

How do we ensure confidentiality to our customers? 

RSI has about the same level of confidentially/security as traditional technology: The interpreters can sign NDAs and the access to the conference hall can be controlled if needed. The risk of somebody recording or transmitting content from private devices such as mobile phones or tablets is always there. Interprefy’s data traffic is encrypted with state-of-the-art technology.

Will RSI make interpreters less visible to customers?  

Listening to interpreters is a auditive experience, not a visual one. RSI will enable interpreters to focus on what they are good at: Interpreting, instead of spending unproductive time in airports and hotels. RSI leads to better and more specialized interpreting and thus a higher productivity, so interpreters can be better visible to their family and friends!  


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Kim Ludvigsen

With an engineering and business degree, I have worked in the financial industry and with start-ups for over 25 years. However, I have always had a keen interest in languages. My mother tongue Danish is only spoken by 5 million people, so when I after high school moved to Switzerland, I had to expand my language command. I discovered that with a positive attitude and a bit of effort, I could learn a new language in two months and today I speak seven actively.

While working for Swiss Post 2004-2010, I sometimes used interpreting and I was very surprised how old-fashioned the underlying technology was. A few years later I met with my old colleague Peter Frei, and together we picked up the idea of developing a remote interpreting platform, using browser-based software and mobile apps. A team of competent language and software specialist was quickly assembled, and by the end of 2014, a prototype developed and Interprefy incorporated.

I quickly discovered that the technology we started developing turned out to be quite controversial, or to use a modern Venture Capital expression "disruptive", meaning that is has the potential to radically transform an entire industry.

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