Mobile interpreting equipment is a portable set of small devices used for tour guiding or interpreting purposes. Tour guiding devices are also called infoport systems. Mobile interpreting equipment is also called a simulport system because it is designed with simultaneous interpreting in mind.
Mobile equipment adds comfort to whispered interpreting tasks because the interpreter would not need to lean forward and whisper to the client.
Mobile interpreting equipment are also very practical for moving teams on a roadshow or delegations visiting multiple sites.
Mobile interpreting equipment are not a replacement to ISO Standard conventional interpreting equipment (i.e. sound insulated booths). They are not suitable for full day events or audiences larger than 20 – 30 people.
With mobile equipment, interpreters will be forced to work out in the open which is an additional burden on their coordination capacity. Losing focus while interpreting undermines performance.