Video Remote Interpretation (VRI) is a telecommunications service that employs cameras on a computer, laptop, or tablet to give sign language or spoken language interpreting services to visually interact with both a requestor and the requestor’s customer or patient.
In contrast to an in-person interpreting experience, video remote interpretation enables individuals to obtain an offsite interpreter on demand to communicate across a language barrier, such as during a session requiring ASL interpreting.
In the worlds of legal, corporate, and healthcare, VRI is often employed. Often, the two parties who require an interpreter are together at one location and connected through a language service provider’s VRI software using a completely safe and encrypted connection, the interpreter works from a separate location. Using a tablet, phone or computer, the interpreter participates in the conversation using audio and video feed.
When these parties are located separately, VRI offers flexible options for virtual meetings. The VRI interpreter can be added to an ongoing video conference and perform the same service.