HI-COM Provides Remote Simultaneous Interpretation Service for French Chamber of Commerce in Guangzhou
On April 14, 2022, the French Chamber of Commerce (CCIF) in Guangzhou hosted their webinar “New Personal Information Protection Law in China – Comparative Approach with the European GDPR” with participation from the Fondation pour le Droit Continental and the French Embassy in China during a remote simultaneous interpretation.
The webinar was livestreamed over Zoom to a multilingual audience of over 120 viewers. Panelists included representatives from CCIF, Fondation pour le Droit Continental, the French Consulate General, Renmin University in Beijing, CNIL, Supreme People’s Court, and MINISOLife.
HI-COM provided remote simultaneous interpretation, or RSI, for the event. By realizing real-time interpretation between French and Chinese, speakers and viewers alike were able to experience a bilingual webinar without language barriers.
RSI is an emerging technology that has seen accelerated adoption since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020. By streaming audio from interpreters located offsite via platforms with RSI support like Zoom, RSI allows for multilingual event organizers to benefit from the immediacy of simultaneous interpretation without the constraints of requiring interpreters to be onsite.
For the webinar with CCIF, HI-COM selected two simultaneous interpreters with expertise in the field of international law for the French Chinese language pair from HI-COM’s network of professional interpreters.
Utilizing Zoom’s simultaneous interpretation functionality, HI-COM created two channels of audio, one for French and one for Chinese, for webinar attendees to choose from. When listening to the Chinese channel during a French panel speaker’s talk, listeners would hear the simultaneous Chinese interpretation of the panelist’s talk at 80% volume while the original French audio was at 20%.
RSI is not only perfect for online events, it’s also a cost-effective alternative for professional simultaneous interpreting for in-person events. Operating with the same logic as webinar deployments of RSI, in-person event RSI can be achieved by livestreaming audio from the event to remote interpreters, who simultaneously livestream their interpreted audio channel onsite. This audio can be accessed via traditional multichannel audio receivers provided to event attendees, just as if the interpreter was onsite.
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