While the Seminary is based in Dundalk, celebrations and meetings take place all over Ireland and involve people and volunteers from all over the world. As a result, the Seminary decided to invest in a portable simultaneous translation system to improve communication in multilingual environments. After evaluating a number of different systems and brands, the Seminary’s technical advisory team finally decided on MIPRO as the optimum solution for their needs. The equipment was supplied by AV integrations specialists AVworx in Bedford via MIPRO’s UK distributor, CUK Audio.
“We wanted something that was compact, reliable and portable as we have meetings all over Ireland involving people from many different nationalities,” explained Nicola Ondei who is himself Italian and advised the Seminary on their technical needs. Redemptoris Mater’s system comprises three MTS-100 digital wireless 16-channel transmitters that are based in the main building at De La Salle; four MTG-100T ultra-compact portable transmitters for the meeting leaders/speakers; and 35 MTG-100R portable receivers for participants along with the requisite dedicated storage and charging cases for outdoor or remote celebrations.
“All the equipment is very easy to transport and, more importantly, extremely easy to use, even for the non-skilled operator,” continued Ondei. “The digital encryption guarantees confidentiality and the license-free ISM bands (EU MHz 863-865) allows us to operate legally three or four transmitters both in Ireland and the UK at the same time. We are also very impressed with the battery life of MIPRO products – we can manage on low/medium RF power for a full day conference without having to recharge at all, which is fantastic. Finally, the ability to set the RF power to 10mW (which is the “high” setting) is particularly useful in difficult acoustic environments like big churches. In short, we’re delighted with our investment and wouldn’t hesitate to expand the system with further MIPRO equipment when the need arises.”