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Why Video Remote Interpretation is the Future

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With the advancement and power of technology, interpretation services are more reliable, easy, and efficient than ever before. Through the use of video remote interpretation, individuals that require interpretation services, including members of the Deaf and hard-of-hearing community, are able to communicate from anywhere in the world with medical services, legal services, business partners, or friends and family. In today’s blog, Akorbi explains how video remote interpretation is the future of interpreting services. 

What is Video Remote Interpretation?

Video Remote Interpretation (also known as VRI) is the practice of interpretation using a videoconferencing platform, such as Zoom or Google Meets. VRI is a great method of communication for situations in which there is a lack of qualified interpreters available in-person or when an interpretation is needed immediately. Video remote interpretation benefits all parties involved by providing face-to-face communication with the simplicity of over-the-phone interpretation. 

While video remote interpretation is common for sign language services, it is also extremely beneficial for all other language contexts. For example, if a Spanish-speaking patient needs to communicate with English-speaking doctors, then the patient can use a video remote interpretation service to effectively communicate with a Spanish-speaking interpreter located at the hospital where English-speaking doctors are found. These services can be coordinated to fit the schedules of everyone involved, making the process simple and easy. 

If a video remote interpretation for sign language is required, the process begins with a language service provider, a hearing person, and a Deaf or hard-of-hearing person who communicates using sign language. When the hearing person speaks, the LSP providing the interpretation will sign what is said to the webcam for the hard-of-hearing member of the group. When the hard-of-hearing person communicates through sign language, the LSP will repeat what is expressed. That way, both people can effectively communicate back and forth. 

Benefits of Video Remote Interpretation

VRI is shaping the future of interpretation services by empowering individuals and organizations through: 

Easy Communication

Hiring an in-person interpreter may not be an easy or effective option in certain situations. VRI takes care of this issue by offering a fully remote solution to an organization’s interpretation needs. 


If schedule conflicts occur, it is a much simpler process to reschedule a video remote interpretation session than an in-person session or quickly find a different interpreter that can make your appointment. 

Availability for Multiple Spoken & Sign Languages

As an organization, Akorbi provides translation and interpretation services spanning over 150 languages. With the use of technology that comes with VRI, it is even more feasible to schedule a VRI for the exact spoken or sign language you need. 

Akorbi is Shaping the Future of Video Remote Interpretation

With Akorbi, you have access to an interpreter anywhere in the world. Our video remote interpretation works seamlessly to facilitate communication between your employees, clients, patients, and the Deaf and hard-of-hearing community members. By simply logging into our secure portal, you can select a language and wait for an interpreter to join your session and facilitate the conversation. To learn more about our state-of-the-art video remote interpretation services, visit our website or request a free quote today!

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