Thursday 14 January 2021

Video: Translate4Rail Language Tool

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The Translate4Rail project, funded by Shift2Rail and managed by UIC and RNE, has reached a significant milestone with the development and testing of the language tool prototype. The language tool will enable drivers and signallers from different countries to communicate safely and effectively with each other across language barriers.

Within the framework of the Language Programme sector and Shift2Rail Translate4Rail project, the language tool was defined and subsequently developed in collaboration with French IT company Synvance. The tool prototype is currently being tested on an IT-AT (Tarvisio-Villach) cross-border section under RFI and ÖBB Infra leadership together with railway undertakings Mercitalia, DB Cargo and RCG. The results of the pilot tests will serve to fine-tune the tool and, of course, will be taken into account for preparation and updating of all relevant documentation and guidelines.

The ultimate goal of these activities is to allow language level requirements for train drivers to be reduced from B1 to a lower level, which will greatly facilitate recruitment of qualified personnel while safeguarding high levels of communication effectiveness and safety.

The pilot is expected to run until the end of September 2021.

For more information on the Translate4Rail project and the language tool, please see the video below:

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This project has received funding from the Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking (JU) under grant agreement No 881779. The JU receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and the Shift2Rail JU members other than the Union.

For further information please contact:
UIC: Sandra Géhénot, UIC Freight Director

Constanze Bannholzer, Senior Freight Advisor

Philip Van Den Bosch, Senior Freight Advisor

RNE: Peter Šišolák, Head of TM and TPM

Juraj Maliaček, Traffic Management Manager

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