Researchers have developed a guidance system for visually impaired and wheelchair users based on a common information infrastructure that allows modular development of guidance systems accessible to various users, including the non-impaired. This follows on the creation of barrier-free environments which, in turn, require that barriers to information about the environments be removed. An infrastructure to guide visually impaired users is also usable by the non-impaired, making the entire system operate more smoothly. Personalized information is made available via Radio Frequency ID tags programmed with location information which can be read by antennas, which can be located in canes or other assistive devices. The RFID information can also be picked up by other devices for use by non-impaired travelers, making the system a broad-based information infrastructure. The article describes a prototype system and suggests development and testing of a system that also provides guidance, in addition to information.

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    Railway Technical Research Institute

    Transport Information Technology Division
    Tokyo 185-0034,   Japan 
  • Authors:
    • Matsubara, Hiroyuki
    • Fukazawa, N
    • Myojo, S
    • Tsuchiya, R
  • Publication Date: 2005-2


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00988242
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 1 2005 12:00AM