City Adds Wayfinding App to Increase Accessibility for Visually Impaired

The BlindSquare Event app is free for users to download.
Author of the article:The Sault Star
Publishing date:Feb 28, 2022

Sault Transit buses are now equipped with an accessible navigation and wayfinding system that will help the visually impaired.

BlindSquare is a software that uses GPS technology to estimate the proximity of bus stops, when passengers will arrive at each stop and can audibly identify bus stops.

Bus tracking is a feature of the city’s intelligent transportation system designed to make riding the bus easier and more accessible for users.

“We continue to explore ways to ensure the most appropriate and timely service is being delivered to our customers,” said Brent Lamming, Director of Community Services. “The addition of the accessible navigation and wayfinding system presents an opportunity to improve service delivery, help our customers more easily navigate the transit system and makes it more accessible to all citizens.”

The BlindSquare Event app is free for users to download, and users have unexpired access across Canada. The app has been developed for the blind, deafblind and partially sighted. It’s self-voicing app delivers detailed points of interest and intersections for safe, reliable travel both outside and inside.

The new system, by CNIB Frontier Accessibility, provides an additional accessibility component for transit users.

CNIB Frontier Accessibility is a CNIB Foundation social enterprise supporting businesses and organizations to ensure all Canadians with disabilities can benefit from barrier-free communities and workplaces.

The technology not only transforms travel for riders that identify with having a disability, but also responds to other conditions affecting pedestrian movement, such as planned interruptions to service and bus stop relocations. All users of transit can benefit from improved service delivery, Lamming said in a press release.

Other accessibility improvements made to Sault Transit in recent years include the on-demand system, the Northern Transit point and purchasing over a dozen new accessible buses.

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