Improved Accessibility with Live Captions in Teams to SIP meetings

Live captions enable people who are deaf or hard of hearing to follow along with the conversation, fostering inclusion and participation in meetings.

Even for those with normal hearing, captions can aid focus by providing a visual reinforcement of what's being said. This can be especially helpful in noisy environments or for meetings with heavy jargon or technical discussions.

Synergy SKY Press Release:

Synergy SKY CONNECT Becomes First Interop System to Support Closed Captions in Teams Meetings, Simplifying Accessibility Compliance for Government Agencies

Oslo, Norway. 29 April 29, 2024 – Synergy SKY today announced a groundbreaking update to its industry-leading Synergy SKY CONNECT solution. With this update, Synergy SKY CONNECT becomes the world's first interoperability system to support displaying Live Captions within Microsoft Teams meetings for standards-based video conferencing systems.

This critical advancement significantly simplifies accessibility compliance for government agencies adhering to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 508) and the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Information and Communication Technology (ICT) requirements.

“Ensuring inclusive communication experiences is a core value at Synergy SKY,” said Ståle Reitan, CEO, at Synergy SKY. “By enabling closed captions within Teams meetings for all video conferencing systems, we empower government agencies to seamlessly connect with a broader audience and adhere to accessibility mandates.”

Key Benefits for Government Agencies:

  • Effortless Accessibility:  Synergy SKY CONNECT automatically displays closed captions within Teams meetings for users on standards-based video conferencing systems, eliminating the need for additional equipment or complex configurations.
  • Improved Communication:  Closed captions ensure everyone can fully participate in Teams meetings, regardless of their hearing ability, fostering a more inclusive and productive environment.
  • Simplified Compliance:  Synergy SKY CONNECT empowers government agencies to effortlessly meet the accessibility requirements outlined in Section 508 and the FAR’s ICT provisions.

About Synergy SKY

Synergy SKY is a leading provider of interoperability solutions that bridge the gap between traditional video conferencing systems and modern web-based meeting platforms. Synergy SKY CONNECT, the company’s flagship solution, allows users on standards-based video conferencing systems to seamlessly join and participate in meetings hosted on platforms like Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and Google Meet.

Synergy SKY is bridging the gap between video meeting platforms, enabling seamless collaboration for individuals across diverse locations and devices. As an independent software development and sales company Synergy SKY is creating synergies between different meeting platforms by simplifying the user experience. Synergy SKY connects your video conference rooms to Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and Google meetings.


Vemun Waksvik

Written by Vemun Waksvik

Video Veteran

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