The tools that people use for communication are changing, making the world a more connected place. Technology, however, not only disrupts the way we communicate but also entire industrial sectors. While there are many examples of this, one of the most interesting is how technology is fundamentally changing the interpretation industry.
Here are some examples of how technology is shaping the future of interpreting.
In today’s society, interpreters use many different technologies in their work: smartphones, computers, tablets, video for online virtual meetings and much more. Websites and apps allow you to be face-to-face with customers. Known examples include Skype, Hangouts and Viber. And TikkTalk uses similar technology for connecting interpreters with their customers. All around the world, technology like this has transformed how interpreters work.
New ways of working
Not only have the devices used for interpretation sessions changed, but also the type of interpretation. Interpreters are, for instance, not always required to be on site. Depending on the demands of the customer a session via phone or video is more appropriate and cost effective. In 2015, the Norwegian government spent half of their interpretation budget on transportation, so this is clearly a big issue.
More benefits for interpreters
Technology has also made interpreters’ lives much easier. Now, they can work more efficiently with access to technology they never had before. With the introduction of these new tools, an interpreter’s life does not have to be as hectic.
TikkTalk includes a calendar in which interpreters and their clients can easily schedule interpretations sessions. That way important appointments are always synchronized, days and time slots can be blocked for holidays or other obligations, and calendar notifications via phone or email make it almost impossible to miss a meeting.
Further, interpreters can work more comfortably at home, or even work from planes and trains. The freedom that technology has created for interpreters is unparalleled.
More efficiency for customers
Yet the technologies not only help interpreters, they also greatly benefit customers. Interpretation sessions and services are now more efficient and affordable especially regarding video and phone sessions.
Police and hospitals, for instance, can benefit greatly from this. In an emergency where someone speaks a different language, communication barriers are more easily overcome because technological solutions mean that interpreters can be more available and responsive than before.
The digital advances have greatly united the interpreter and customer, making the interpretation process much easier and enjoyable. Previously, interpreting was less of a convenience and more of a hassle. Technology will continue to evolve, and interpreting will follow right behind.
TikkTalk wants to help you in all of your interpreting needs by providing superior technology as well of as a platform that quickly connects interpreters with anyone in need of interpretation services. Visit us, and let’s TikkTalk!