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SIX REMOTE SIMULTANEOUS INTERPRETING PLATFORMS AND ZOOM continued
excellent. A response usually comes
within an hour. Technical support is
provided via external applications
(e.g., Whatsapp).
Technical Requirements:
■	

High-power computer, Intel Core I3 or
higher, 4GB RAM, Windows 8.0 or higher

■	

Ethernet connection (minimum
speed 10Mbps)

■	

Comfortable USB noise-canceling
headset with microphone

■	

Mozilla Firefox

Mobile App: There's no mobile application
for interpreters.

VERSPEAK

Figure 8: SPEAKUS interface

https://verspeak.com
VERSPEAK is also an RSI platform only.
Figure 9 shows the new release of the
VERSPEAK interface:
Interface:
■	

It's possible to configure several video
channels, including the presenter's
slides, and switch between them. There
are two incoming and two outgoing
channels. The RU/EN buttons at the
bottom next to the Mute button are for
outgoing channels and the ORIGINAL,
RELAY (RU), and RELAY (EN) buttons
on the left are for incoming channels.

■	

The On Air button controls the
interpreter's microphone (red
means on, grey means off). The Mute
button is used for switching the
microphone off for short periods. On
the right side on the bottom control
panel, there are buttons for chat
(clicking on it will enable a chat),
a dictionary (enabling a built-in
dictionary: Multitran), and agenda
(accessing the conference materials).

■	

Above the bottom control panel there
are two windows. Like we saw it on the
SPEAKUS interface, the interpreters can
see and hear each other here even if no
one is On Air at the moment. There are
also hot buttons here ( " Take please " and
" Take over " ) designed to streamline the
interpreters' communication.

Figure 9: VERSPEAK interface
happened to me and my partner once.
I accidently switched off my sound, so
when I was interpreting I didn't realize
that she couldn't hear me and didn't
know when to take over. Since there's
nothing to indicate that your partner's
microphone is switched on, the ability
to hear is crucial. Related, you can
listen to two audio channels at once:
the floor and your partner's.
Handover: There's no automatic
handover function here. However,
in my opinion, this is not a flaw. As I
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have already mentioned, a complicated
handover mechanism is counterintuitive
and only distracts interpreters from the
interpreting process.
Onboarding Process: The process is
quite simple. You agree to participate in
a demo session where you can see the
interface for yourself and ask questions.
The demo takes about 30 minutes. No
testing is required.
Technical Support: The response time
for both SPEAKUS and VERSPEAK is

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