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Interpreting Equipment
What types of simultaneous interpreting systems do you offer?

Is there a fee if we lose a receiver? What can we do to prevent loss?

How much space at the venue does the simultaneous interpreting equipment require?

How much time does it take to set up and remove the interpreting equipment?

What information does Simul need to prepare an estimate?


Q. What types of simultaneous interpreting systems do you offer?
A. SimulTech offers infrared, inductive loop, portable, FM, and guide phone systems. These various systems use different transmitting/receiving devices and therefore are suited to different situations.
  • Infrared systems: Ideal for meetings requiring high security and gatherings at which PCs are used
  • FM systems: Best for events held in large halls or open spaces
  • Portable systems: Most suitable for small gatherings

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Q. Is there a fee if we lose a receiver? What can we do to prevent equipment loss?
A. Clients are charged at cost if a receiver is lost (please inquire for exact costs). There are many ways to prevent loss. Participants can be required to submit a name card to obtain a receiver or the master of ceremonies can make an announcement about the collection of receivers. We would be happy to discuss this matter with you if requested.

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Q. How much space at the venue does the simultaneous interpreting equipment require?
A. The equipment specifications differ depending on the type and size of the venue. One interpreting booth and the requisite recording equipment (in the case of interpreting between two languages), together require about three and a half square meters of space (roughly 11 square feet). In addition to the interpreting equipment, two 1,800 mm by 600 mm tables must be prepared: one for the interpreters in the booth and the other for the equipment engineers.

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Q. How much time does it take to set up and remove the interpreting equipment?
A. The time required depends on the number of participants and the number of languages used. For a conference with about 100 participants requiring interpreting between two languages, setup takes about 2 hours and removal about one/1 hour. Therefore, if a conference is scheduled to start in the morning, the equipment must be set up one day prior to the event. Please keep this in mind when reserving the conference venue.

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Q. What information does SimulTech need to prepare an estimate?
A. The basic information required is the date and time of the event (for equipment setup), length of the conference, number of participants, conference format (symposium, panel discussion, lecture, press conference, in-house meeting, etc.), venue, recording/filming, and AV services. We are available to answer your concerns, so please feel free to contact us even if you have not yet finalized your arrangements.

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