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[ Supporting London Pride ]

Ubiqus is delighted to announce that, for the second year in a row, it is taking part in London Pride!

June is officially Pride month with events taking place throughout the month, ending with the iconic Pride parade and performances in Trafalgar Square on 6 July 2019.

On 6 July, Ubiqus will be providing palantypists to provide live captioning of the event. Two palantypists will work together continuously for 10 hours, operating in 20-minute shifts, to provide a speech-to-text service for live spoken dialogue and lyrics of songs played during the event.

You may be wondering what exactly palantype is, so here is a brief introduction to the service.

What is palantype?

A palantypist, or speech-to-text reporter (STTR), is a specially trained typist who uses a palantype machine to type words phonetically to produce a shorthand transcript.

Who is it for?

The skill is used for two key purposes: in court to record the words spoken by judges, attorneys and witnesses; and in live captioning for the deaf and hard of hearing, as at Pride.

How does it work?

Palantypists use a machine with fewer keys than a standard keyboard. Over 200 words can be written per minute – this is double the amount achieved on a QWERTY-style keyboard in order to keep up with the speed of human speech.

Is it the same as stenography?

Palantype can be confused with stenography, which produces shorthand in a similar way. Palantype is the European version, whereas stenography is American. They are very similar, but have different features. For example, palantypists have more keys, which allows them to make a distinction between words which sound the same but have different spellings and meanings, e.g. ‘there’, ‘their’ and ‘they’re’.


Stenotype keyboard & steno shorthand transcript

If you’d like to hear more about our palantype service, or how we can help your event reach a diverse audience through live interpretation or written translation, please do not hesitate to give us a call on 0207 269 0370 or email your enquiry to