What is CART?
CART stands for Communication Access Realtime Translation
CART providers are Court Reporters who have been specifically trained to work within the deaf/hard of hearing community. CART providers, using a shorthand machine connected to a laptop computer, write everything that is said during an event. Through specially designed software, the shorthand is simultaneously translated into English and displayed on the laptop screen in realtime. Environmental sounds are included in addition to the spoken word, which enables the CART recipient to not only understand what is said, but also to be aware of the activities going on, such as laughter from the back of the room, or a loud noise heard from outside.
The CART recipient can also receive an electronic transcript just hours after the conclusion of an event if requested. This can be extremely helpful to a student preparing for an exam, or for minutes of an important meeting, for example.
Remote and Onsite CART Services
A CART Reporter is onsite listening to the speaker and simultaneously inputting the spoken words stenographically onto a shorthand writer. In realtime, the text is translated back into English and displayed, either on a computer screen or tablet for one person (Personal CART), or projected onto a screen or monitor for an audience to view (Group CART).
A CART Reporter is not onsite, but rather is connected to the event in two ways – one to hear the audio from the speaker (via Internet or telephone), and the other to stream the realtime text via a secure Internet link with virtually no delay back to the CART recipient.
Additionally, TotalCaptionEverywhere™’s proprietary technology allows multiple users, whether onsite or remote, to receive the live streaming text on any computer, web-enabled TV, tablet or smartphone anywhere in the world.