Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) is the instant translation of the spoken word into English text using a stenotype machine, notebook computer and realtime software. The text appears on a computer monitor or other display. This technology is primarily used by people who are late-deafened, oral deaf, hard-of-hearing, or have cochlear implants. Individuals who have learning disabilities, visual impairments and low mobility disabilities also make use of CART in certain situations.
When providing remote CART, the provider is in one location and the consumer is in another. The CART provider is listening to voices via the phone or over the Internet, translating the speech to text in realtime, and transmitting the text to a designated Uniform Resource Locator (URL), Web page, Internet site, other locations or devices. This is particularly helpful in areas where there is a lack of CART providers.
Remote CART Demo
On-site Captioning or Open Captioning
On-site captioning (or Open Captioning) is geared towards larger audiences at conventions/conferences. The captions displayed are different from closed captioning on TV in that they cannot be turned off by the viewer. The captioner attends the event and provides a character generator to be hooked up to the video so that captions are displayed on top of the video and can be seen simultaneously.
CART settings, include but are not limited to:
- Educational, Business, & Government Functions
- Religious Services
- Senior Citizen Meetings
Offline or Post-Production Captioning
Offline or Post-Production captioning refers to captioning that is done after the event, usually referring to a recorded audio track. Offline captioning accuracy rates are generally much higher than real time. Offline captioning allows the transcription stenographer to look up words, check names and spelling, and to edit content before publishing. A trained stenographer may take anywhere from 5-10 hours to transcribe an hour of audio, with a goal of greater than 99% accuracy.