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:
Please visit the project website: https://translate4rail.eu/