Remote interpretation firm Interprefy enters ‘strategic alliance’ in Japan

Interprefy, the remote simultaneous interpreting (RSI) platform, has entered into a strategic partnership with Simul International, Japan’s largest language service provider.

Under the arrangement Simul International will offer its clients access to Interprefy’s silmultaneous interpreters who work from home using the Swiss company’s RSI software.

Because RSI enables interpreters to work remotely, event organisers no longer need to fly-in interpreters or hire interpreter booths. They can arrange for their meetings to be in any combination of languages at, according to Interprefy, ‘around half the cost of traditional interpreter services’.

Junichi Hayashi,  president at Simul International, said: “Customer expectations are changing. In our always-on economy, organisations want flexible and cost-effective solutions when it comes to simultaneous interpreting. We are convinced our clients will embrace this technology.”

Kim Ludvigsen, CEO and founder at Interprefy, added: “Japan is one of the world’s most vibrant economies. Companies here are not afraid of embracing new technologies and the interest in our platform is very strong. As a visionary company with a deep understanding of new technologies and the potential RSI brings to the country, Simul is our ideal partner. By working together, we will ensure Japanese customers get the very best interpreting services available on the market.”

Interprefy has strengthened its presence in the Asia Pacific, this year, building a regional team led by Richard Roocroft. The company recently completed its sixth funding round, raising a further CHF3m.