Virtual remote interpreting (VRI) is on-demand and ideal for just about any business and setting. Are you wondering about some of the reasons to use VRI services? Well, for starters, it is much more cost-effective than in-person interpreting, and it can be facilitated remotely!
As the name implies, a real-time language service facilitated remotely using video technology. The service connects an interpreter with people in need of interpreting services. It can be facilitated through platforms like Zoom and Teams, but many professional language services providers have their own full-suite VRI platforms too.
The benefits of video remote interpreting services are virtually limitless as far as real-time interpreting goes.
Main Reasons to Use VRI
You Don’t Need Pricey Software or Equipment
When VRI just entered the language services scene, it was commonplace to pay upfront costs for the service. But with all the advances we’ve seen in tech, it’s much, much cheaper than it was in the past. Now, all you need is a stable internet connection and a webcam to get connected to an interpreter.
In many cases, interpreters charge per minute for VRI services. This means that you only pay for the minutes you use and not per hour or per day. Enterprises that regularly use video remote interpreting services might also be able to negotiate a lower rate on a contract basis with their language services provider, making it a budget-friendly language service.
It Accommodates Social Distancing
Right now, it looks like we might be battling coronavirus for quite a while longer than anticipated. Therefore, we’ll need to enforce social distancing, even in a post-pandemic world, just to be on the safe side. The pandemic also made us rethink in-person meetings and how to distance ourselves safely as much as possible.
VRI services enabled social distancing long before the pandemic and still give you real-time access to an interpreter without ever having to meet in person. You still get all the benefits you’d get from working with an interpreter in person, and you’ll see everyone’s body language too. Plus, it’s an excellent platform for American Sign Language interpreting as well as interpreting services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
There Are No Travel Fees
Since your interpreter doesn’t have to travel to deliver their services, the costs of VRI are considerably lower than in-person interpreting services. You also won’t have to pay fees towards travel time, and there’s no minimum amount of time you need to book. All these factors contribute to VRI’s affordability factor.
It’s Available on Demand
Sometimes you need interpreting services at a moment’s notice. And with in-person interpreting, you need to book well in advance. But VRI interpreters can set up within minutes, making it an on-demand service.
In situations like an emergency, VRI’s instant access has obvious benefits. But how and when you access VRI can vary from one provider to the other. Some language service providers also have apps that you can use to book your session on your phone.
It Facilitates Clear and Easy Communication
Many businesses might have a hard time going back to the old way of in-person interpreting once they’ve tasted the benefits of VRI. In many organizations, VRI is part of everyday communication. And some industries, like healthcare, for example, have VRI services on standby all day, every day, to meet their needs.
Since video remote interpreting services are so easy to use, it enables businesses to build stronger relationships across cultural and language barriers than ever before. And because VRI includes visual support, you can rest assured that you’ll never miss out on a facial or physical communication cue during the process.
Now You Understand the Reasons to Use VRI!
If you’ve been considering the idea but have been reluctant to give it a try, it’s time to talk to the experts about it today. Day Interpreting already assists thousands of businesses (in every niche and size) in connecting with their international clients and partners. We’re also helping our clients make the most of new opportunities by giving them the on-demand language support they need to transcend the language barrier.
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