The Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies/Education City Mosque in Doha was searching for a solution to their communication challenge: simultaneous interpreta-tion/real-time transmission of their daily prayers Dohainto multiple languages over multiple channels. Qatar-based integrator Darwish Technology proposed a Wi-Fi solution over conventional FM / infrared communication technology.
In conjunction with Dubai-based distributor Nicolas M Kyvernitis Electronics Enterprises (NMK), Darwish rec-ommended and ultimately installed in the mosque Wil-liams Sound’s innovative Hearing HotSpot technology.
The Hearing HotSpot features everything needed to stream multiple channels of audio in real time over an enterprise Wi-Fi network. Once a system is installed in a venue, the software license is activated by Wil-liams Sound based on the number of channels at that venue. Using their own IOS or Android device, participants can download the free Hearing Hotspot app from the Apple App Store or Google Play. In an interpretation scenario such as this, each individual is then able to select and listen to the language/channel of their choosing.
According to Darwish Technology, “Hearing HotSpot completely fulfills the requirements of this project, including compatibility with most smart phones and tablets used in this region. It is a key part of this interpretation system, where the floor language is transported to a remote interpretation center, and the translated signal is pushed back to the mosque on the same infrastructure. Hearing HotSpot takes this signal (multiple channels) representing the different translated languages, plus the floor language, and distributes it wirelessly in the venue. It was an easy implementation, and the result was more than satisfactory. This project was definitely a positive experience.