Spoken Announcements Explained
ThirdRails has an excellent announcement system for spoken announcement based on the Windows Speech system.
Therefor any language is supported, as long as there is a voice available for the language. Beside that we integrated Windows Media Player so that you can use alternative sound files for Announcements.
Announcements can be automated using POI's.
So ThirdRails offers three types of Spoken Announcements:
Timetable Driven Announcements
Timetable Announcements are automated, fixed announcements for timetable actions like Next Stop, Approaching and Calling At.
For three languages the texts are implemented, those are Englisch, German and Dutch. For those Voices it works out of the box. For other languages you will have to make your own translations using the Announcement Builder.
With the builder (Menu Tools-Announcement Builder) you can add multiple configurations for any language, including the three supported.
For use of timetable please consult the The Art of Timetabled Rides
Service Announcements can be done straight from the GSM-R device. With parameters you can use timetable info to complete your text if you want to.
These announcements are saved in Serviceannouncement text files in your user-profile per language culture of the active voice.
Service Announcement can be made, using the Announcement editor, during drive in the GSM-R device, or via the Announcement Builder.
Automated Service Announcements
You can add Announcement POI's to the map. When adding you can select announcements from the active culture file. Save announcements to a project for later use.
During driving announcements will be played automatically when you pass them.
Using sound files
Instead of a Spoken Announcement from the Voice you are able to play your own sound files like MP3, WAV etcetera,
To do this, use the + button to select your file or type in the filepath with # as prefix.
This is ideal for additional Train- and Station Announcements.
For more info consult the online help