June 21, 2022

A Big Step Forward For the Sector: Defining Conceptual Language Solutions

The sector goal regarding cross-border communication between operational personnel who do not speak the same language, is to overcome language barriers by providing appropriate linguistic tools to staff.

After successful development and tests of the first railway language tool prototype, RNE has produced a document describing in detail the possible language tool solutions for the sector. The document was prepared in a sector Language Programme working group with the active participation of IMs, RUs and technical experts.

The document contains detailed descriptions of recommendations and requirements for three main alternative language tool concepts together with a guide for testing and piloting.  This conceptual document, as the most anticipated output of the Language Programme, was approved by the RNE General Assembly on 31 May 2022. The initiative’s key value lies in the provision of a clear description of the sector’s language challenges, as well as suggestions for solutions. This paves the way for the development of language tools reflecting the prepared framework, ensuring that the sector’s criteria are met.