How Remote Simultaneous Interpretation Works: A Comprehensive Guide

By Atlas LS


With the rise of globalization and the digital age, the need for efficient and timely communication across various languages and cultures has never been greater. Enter Remote Simultaneous Interpretation (RSI): a game-changer in translation and interpretation. 

This method allows expert interpreters from around the globe to provide real-time translation services for online meetings, webinars, and hybrid events, all through a cloud-based platform.

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What Exactly is Remote Simultaneous Interpretation (RSI)?

RSI is more than just another buzzword in the translation industry. According to the International Standards Organization (ISO), simultaneous interpretation is translating a spoken or signed message into another language while maintaining the original tone and meaning. The key term here is simultaneous

The interpreter translates the content as spoken, ensuring that non-native speakers can understand the information in real-time. Adding “remote” to this equation opens up a world where interpreters, speakers, and participants can engage from any corner of the globe.


The Mechanics of RSI

Speaking Phase: It starts with a presenter speaking in their native language. This speech, including the presenter’s image, is broadcast live to a remote interpreter, typically via a web browser on a standard computer.

Interpretation Phase: Armed with a top-notch headset and microphone, the interpreter listens to and views the speaker’s content. In real time, they translate this content into the desired language, ensuring that the essence and context remain intact.

Transmission Phase: Once the interpreter finishes translating a segment, their rendition is sent to a specialized RSI platform in the cloud. From this platform, the interpreted speech gets distributed to the audience.

Reception Phase: On the other end, attendees connect to the RSI platform or another web conferencing tool using their devices. They can then select their preferred language and listen to the interpretation. For those who prefer the traditional touch, interpretation can also be accessed via infrared (IR) headsets.


The Evolution of Simultaneous Interpretation

Historically, simultaneous interpretation was a luxury service, often reserved for large international conferences or governmental summits. However, with the introduction of RSI, this invaluable service is now accessible to a wider audience, including small businesses, NGOs, and associations.


Why Choose RSI for Your Event?

Flexibility and Scalability: The Atlas Language Services’ platform, designed to meet user needs, ensures attendees can experience content in their chosen language. Our platform adapts to various event sizes and types.

Cost Efficiency: Gone are the days of allocating large budgets for equipment, interpreter travel, and accommodation. With RSI, interpreters work remotely, eliminating many traditional overhead costs.

Increased Language Options: With no need to physically bring interpreters to a location, event organizers can offer a wider range of languages, catering to diverse audiences.


Benefits of Embracing RSI


  1. Seamless Integration with Popular Tools: Modern RSI platforms, including Kudo, integrate smoothly with popular conferencing tools like Zoom, MS Teams, and GoToMeeting.
  2. Accessibility and Participation: By hosting events online and offering multiple language channels, you ensure that more people can participate and engage.
  3. Enhanced Accuracy: Especially in technical seminars or discussions, remote interpreters can concentrate better on translating intricate content, ensuring precision.
  4. Breaking Down Language Barriers: In business settings, RSI can foster better communication among global teams, allowing members to converse confidently in their native languages.


The Power of Language

At its core, language connects us. It’s the medium through which we share ideas, gain knowledge, and understand diverse perspectives. In today’s interconnected world, multilingualism is not just a nice to have; it’s essential. And with RSI technologies like those offered by Atlas Language Services, we can bridge communication gaps and bring people closer than ever before.



In a constantly evolving world, communicating and understanding one another is paramount. Remote Simultaneous Interpretation offers a solution that’s both efficient and inclusive, ensuring that no voice goes unheard. As part of the translation industry and a representative of Atlas Language Services in Chicago, we’re excited to be at the forefront of this revolutionary approach.



What is the main difference between traditional interpretation and RSI?

Traditional interpretation often requires physical equipment and on-site interpreters, while RSI operates remotely through cloud platforms.

Can RSI be used for small meetings?

Absolutely! RSI is versatile and can be used for meetings of any size, from large conferences to small team discussions.

Is there a delay between the speaker’s speech and the interpreter’s translation in RSI?

The delay is minimal with advanced platforms like Kudo’s RSI, ensuring smooth communication. 

How does RSI promote multilingualism in events?

RSI allows events to offer multiple language channels, catering to a diverse audience and promoting understanding across cultures.

Is RSI suitable for technical or industry-specific events?

Yes, specialized interpreters with in-depth knowledge can work remotely, focusing on translating complex content accurately.