Symphotech, the event health and safety company, has collaborated with Blue Multimedia, an AV provider, to provide concerts with two signing solutions to aid the deaf and hearing impaired.

Symphotech is offering two forms of assistive technologies in a bid to ensure both inclusivity and compliance with disability access legislation, also ensuring that events are complaint with the Equalities Act 2010. The first method involves using an autocue operator and a downstream keyer to overlay live text onto the IMAG screens for the song lyrics. The second method uses a live signing presenter who is situated off-stage in front of a green screen, their live signing is floated over the live show and placed on the IMAG video screens.

Will Hodgson, safety and production director at Symphotech, commented: “At Symphotech, we’re committed to ensuring everyone can attend safe and inclusive events. It’s vital that organisers take measures to ensure all attendees are offered the best possible experience, whilst making certain their events are compliant with the disability access legislation. We’re proud to offer these services to help ensure everyone is able to enjoy the pleasure of live music under the guidance of the 2010 Equality Act.”

Under the Equality Act 2010, organisations that are supplying a service to the public are required to undertake any reasonable adjustments to make certain that the experience of a disabled person is as close as possible to someone without a disability.

Steve Hill, head of production at Blue Multimedia, added: “As a long time supplier to Symphotech we are delighted to be able to cooperate on an accessibility solution for the hearing impaired. This solution integrates into the existing IMAG infrastructure whilst minimising the impact on often crowded and complex stage setups. As opposed to simply placing a sign translator side of stage, the method allows for the inclusion of an assistive image to be placed on the screens, including those in hospitality, VIP areas and in some venues, where people have no clear line of sight to the stage.”