Configure live translation for a queue

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This article explains how to configure live translation for a queue.


In Edify, live translation is a powerful feature for empowering your queue teams that work with a diverse customer base.

Edify CX offers live text translation and transcription capabilities in 108 languages, all powered by a built-in machine learning engine. This feature streamlines the conversations you have with customers by eliminating language as a barrier to providing excellent experiences via voice, SMS, and web chat.

Regardless of the language or channel that your customers use, queue users working in a queue configured for live translation automatically receive messages from customers in their preferred language. In addition, queue users’ responses are automatically received by the customer in their preferred language.

Live translation is available for configuration through workflows. This enables administrators to continuously iterate on a translation workflow rather than having to rely on technical support.

How does live translation work?

Edify CX, through workflows, detects a customer’s native language before the start of a live interaction. Then, it begins translating for the queue user as necessary.

For example, take an interaction where:

In this scenario, Edify can transcribe and translate inbound audio from Spanish to English. This means that the queue user is able to better understand the customer. It also reduces the need to staff multilingual queue users.

Benefits of using live translation

Edify CX’s real-time transcription and translation capabilities offer a range of benefits, including:

These are just a few of the powerful reasons why live translation can help your contact center team.

Examples of live translation

Live voice translation

Below is an example of how live translation works while a queue user is talking with a customer during a phone call interaction in the queue.

Live SMS / MMS translation

Below is an example of how live translation works while a queue user and customer are texting each other during a text interaction in the queue.

Live web chat translation

Below is an example of how live translation works while a queue user is chatting with a customer during a web chat interaction in the queue.

Configure live translation for your account

Follow this three-step process to implement translation for your queue users

The process for setting up live translation for your account requires configurations to be made to the Users, Workflows, and Queues workspaces of your account. 

If you do not have access to these workspaces, have your Edify administrator make the appropriate changes to your user permissions.

Once you’ve built the workflow, updated the settings for each queue that’s using live translation, and checked that all users have a primary language set, your account is live with this feature. This means that when customers reach out to your contact center team, your teams can interact with the customer through translated engagements. 

Let’s briefly look at each step of the process. 

Step 1: Build a translation workflow

First, you need to build a translation workflow, which is an event workflow that needs to be connected to the desired queue. 

The logic of this workflow includes linking together these modules in this order: 

Once the workflow is built, configured, and published, it is now ready to be connected to the specific queue(s) requiring the use of live translation.

Step 2: Configure queue settings

After you’ve published the translation workflow, navigate to the queue that you want to configure live translation for. When viewing the queue’s settings, you need to configure a few settings based on the communication channels managed in that queue.

Remember that you must repeat this configuration process for all the queues that are using live translation. If a queue doesn’t have these settings configured, the live translation feature won’t function properly for that queue.

You need to configure two specific queue containers:

Live transcription toggles

Message Workflows container

Step 3: Configure user settings

Now that the queue is configured, you need to confirm that your users are set up appropriately for live translation. To do this, ensure that each user has set their primary language in the system. This field is located in the Basic container of their user settings and tells Edify which language they prefer to use.

Edify Console

Edify App