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Technical requirements for the
interpreter's workstation

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Technical support

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Whether the platform offers a mobile
app for interpreters
Let's get started.

KUDO
https://kudoway.com
Kudo is both an event and RSI platform,
which means it doesn't need additional
external program such as Zoom or Skype.
KUDO supports screen sharing, document
uploading, messaging in chat (for event
participants), and polling. It also has an
interface for participants and interpreters.
Figures 1 and 2 on this page provide
a sample setup, including a list of the
various functions available to interpreters
on the interface.

Figure 1: KUDO interface for event participants

Video/Audio Stream: KUDO can have
several video streams available at once
that you can switch between. As shown
in Figure 2, there are three incoming and
outgoing audio channels displayed on the
right side of the screen, which means that,
in theory, one pair of interpreters can work
with three languages.
Relay Function: Yes, it's available.
Handover: I think the most interesting and
complex function, which is programmed
differently on various RSI platforms, is
the Handover function. This is used when
one interpreter takes over for another.
KUDO has a multi-stage Handover process.
Handover can be initiated both by the
active interpreter (the one broadcasting)
and the passive interpreter (the one not
interpreting). Here's the process (see Figure
3 on page 16):
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When it's time for the second
interpreter to take over, the active
interpreter clicks the blue button
( " Handover " ) located to the left of the
microphone button.

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The active interpreter will see a message
in a grey box displaying " Request sent. "

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To initiate the handover, the passive
interpreter clicks the blue " Request to
switch " button.

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Figure 2: Functions available on the KUDO interface for interpreters
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After the request is sent the message
displayed on the blue button will
change to " Waiting for approval " with
a 15-second countdown. This is the
time given for the passive interpreter
to confirm that they are ready to take

over and click the " I am ready to
switch " button.
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The active interpreter will see the
" Go " message displayed on the blue
button followed by another countdown
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