Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2011

Press Release Monday – 31 October 2011

Redfish Technologies is pleased to announce its successful participation in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) held in Perth between Friday, 28 October and Sunday, 30 October.

Heads of State Seating Location
Heads of State Seating Location


Redfish Technologies, engaged via Merrill Corporation, provided and managed two FTR digital recording systems to record the three Heads of Government Executive Sessions and one of the Foreign Ministers Sessions held between the Friday and Sunday.  The Executive Sessions were attended by 53 of the Commonwealth member countries’ Heads of State or their delegate.


The main meeting room at CHOGM 2011
The main meeting room at CHOGM 2011


Using the two recording systems, one as a primary and one as a backup, Merrill Corporation was able to provide a complete verbatim transcript to the Commonwealth Secretariat Office within two hours of the completion of each of the sessions, using six verbatim transcription officers and editors.  The recorded audio and notes were provided in real time to the transcription pool, enabling transcription staff to commence transcribing the sessions immediately.

The Commonwealth Secretariat Office was extremely happy with the service provided and described it as “a Rolls Royce service, the best ever that they had received, without question”.

Furthermore, the recordings, along with the transcripts of the sessions, have been provided for the Commonwealth Secretariat in various formats (FTR proprietary format, WMA and MP3), as well as the session notes (FTR proprietary format and HTML) for long-term archiving by the Commonwealth Secretariat Office in London.

Redfish Technologies is delighted to have partnered and participated in this unique event with Merrill Corporation and looks forward to working together again into the future.

About Redfish Technologies

Redfish Technologies is a specialist provider of professional audio/visual solutions for structured meeting places and conferences.   Redfish Technologies provides a variety of services, expertise and knowledge in consultancy, design, implementation and support on many of the world’s digital audio recording projects in structured meeting places and conferences

Working with the “best of breed” manufacturers, Redfish Technologies also provides expert assistance in the areas of ongoing support, additional customised integration services and audio/visual implementation to complement these digital recording solutions and their integration into the venues they are deployed within.

About Merrill Corporation

Legal professionals around the world depend on Merrill to provide accurate, timely and easy-to-use transcripts of their audio recordings. Whether they are transcribing files for a judge in London or a conference in Sydney, Merrill is trusted to convert what has been spoken and recorded into what can be seen, searched and analysed.

Merrill’s trusted team has streamlined the audio transcription process to make working globally as efficient as working locally. Our state-of-the-art technology solutions allow us to work easily with both analogue recordings and digital files, processing them in a confidential, secure and cost-effective environment.