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Reshaping the definition of hybrid events with RSI

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When someone mentions the term hybrid event, we are quick to imagine a meeting with a mixed audience: on-site and remote. However, the evolution of remote simultaneous interpretation has expanded the face of hybrid events far beyond this simple definition.  

The modern understanding of hybrid events is much broader: it now includes hardware integration, inclusivity, and better accessibility.

Enabling on-site and remote interpreters to work together

Due to the pandemic, most organizations - businesses and institutions - had to change their work mode. And, even now, when many processes have come back to normal, companies and some local governments stick to the best pandemic practices, choosing to work in a hybrid manner. This trend shows that events with a hybrid setup are becoming prevalent in the industry. 

That’s why we can’t wait to share more about the evolution of hybrid events in a post-pandemic setting. The event industry is experiencing more changes than ever before!

Looking at the technology

The technology behind such hybrid events consists of on-site equipment and a remote simultaneous interpretation (RSI) platform of your choice.

Complex hybrid meetings require direct integrations with hardware conferencing equipment located on-site. Interpreters who choose to stay at the venue use hardware interpretation consoles, while remote interpreters can provide interpretation from home, connecting to soft consoles enabled by RSI platforms like Interactio. In this case, remote simultaneous interpretation platforms get audio inputs and give audio outputs in a similar way as traditional audio receivers. What’s even better is that RSI providers take care of the entire integration, lead you throughout the process, and provide technical support along the way. 

Drawing a definition

At this point, you might start wondering, why is this setup even called hybrid? The answer is simple: hybrid meetings with hardware integrations allow remote and on-site interpreters to work together seamlessly. Both on-site and remote interpreters can communicate together, do the relay and handover, or switch channels without any distractions. The audience of such a meeting can be located on-site or remotely, as well. 

Expanding the audience reach in hybrid events 

As the world begins to open up, we can expect some organizations to return to their in-person meetings while others choose to go hybrid, opening their events to diverse audiences. 

How so? With hybrid meetings, you can upsize your event audience without decreasing their engagement. Instead of limiting your participants to one geographic location, you can connect people across the globe, overcoming physical barriers to communication with the RSI solution. 

Regardless of the complexity of the setup, the process of organizing hybrid events requires increased attention to security and privacy issues. To meet the high standards set by institutions, RSI solutions have to work hard in making hybrid meetings secure and easy to access for all. For example, Interactio has acquired a top-security standard in the industry - ISO 27001 certification.

What does it mean to the users of our platform? In simple words, whenever you log in to the Interactio platform, you can speak, chat, share files, and vote in the polls, knowing that your data is encrypted and protected. To read more about how Interactio RSI platform keeps your data safe, check our FAQ page.

As we see, hybrid RSI solutions hold the key to diverse and equally important aspects of remote and on-site participation. It ranges from taking care of hardware and software integrations for interpreters, to focusing on inclusivity for everyone despite their location during a meeting. 

Now tell us, what do you think: what future transformation hybrid events are yet to experience?

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Published on

August 19, 2021

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