Like all traditional interpreting systems, there is quite a lot of gear required with Williams Sound.
You will need to install transmitters at the venue (the number will depend on the size of the
audience and whether you choose infrared, FM, or digital systems), and then have receivers and
headsets ready for every attendee who wants to hear the audio stream. This means it’s important to
have accurate forecasts of how many people will be attending your event, and how many of these will
need to listen to the interpretation. Then there’s the fact that your interpreters will be working
on site, so you’ll also need to set up booths for them to work in.
By contrast, Interactio only requires a laptop, a Wi-Fi connection and your attendees’ smartphones
and headsets. So organising some spare headsets is pretty much all you will have to worry about. You
also don't have to spend hours looking for the perfect place to hide that bulky transmitter while
worrying about how to ensure a good signal at the same time. And because the interpreters can work
remotely, there’s no need for bulky interpreter booths either.
The main strength of Williams Sound translation equipment is that it offers excellent sound quality.
That’s what all that hardware is there for.
Interactio’s system has received very positive reviews for its sound quality. And the key point to
remember with Interactio is that the event manager can monitor and control the sound during the
In this area, there is a big difference between Williams Sound and Interactio. With Williams Sound
(and all traditional set ups), the number of people who can listen to the audio stream is limited by
location. How close people have to be to the stage to receive the audio depends on whether it is an
infrared, FM or digital system, but with all of these there is a limitation.
Because Interactio is app based, there is no limitation. Listeners can be anywhere in the world -
they just need to log in to the event using the app. So if an event attendee is running late, or
wants to grab a coffee, they can still listen in. It also means your event can have a much greater
reach as people can listen to it remotely. So your audience can be any size, and listening anywhere
– all they need is an internet connection.
And don’t forget, this applies to the interpreters too. And with no need for them to physically be
at the event, you can now recruit from a much wider pool of interpreters as well.
There is also a significant difference in budget. With William Sounds, the costs you’ll need to
consider include renting or buying the equipment, renting or buying interpreting booths, and paying
for the travel and accommodation costs of your interpreters. And don't forget that you will also
have to pay additionally for any lost or damaged equipment. For example, attendees often lose their
headphones, and you will have to cover the cost.
With Interactio, there are far fewer costs (and a lot less stress as well). There’s no need to rent
or buy equipment (except perhaps some spare headsets), no need for interpreting booths, and no costs
for bringing your interpreters to the event. This means your translation costs can be as much as 50%
lower when using Interactio.