Accessibility visually impaired
Guiding and information systems for the visually impaired.
The new law of 11 February 2005, “for equal rights and opportunities, participation and citizenship of disabled persons”, brought radical innovations in the accessibility policies.
One of the consequences is for all public places to be accessible as of January,1 2015. This law doesn’t take a handicap as such but as a binding situation in front of which environment has to adapt. To adapt means more space, more comfort, better markings ,and by doing so, improve the needs and expectations of all users.
In its interest in everybody’s acoustical comfort, Active Audio has committed to designing sound guiding systems to improve the autonomy of the visually impaired in public places since 2009. The National French Railway Company chose those audio beacons to equip all their railways stations by 2015, so far more than 130 railways stations have been equipped. See the list of equipped places
Building on this success, Active Audio keeps developing its product line dedicated to accessibility, in partnership with different associations and institutions.
To date, more than a thousand audio beacons have been installed.
Active Audio works with different partners, each expert in their domain, to make all buildings completely accessible for the visually impaired. Feel free to contact us to reach them.
Our daily implication
Active Audio is strongly involved in the many innovations pursued to improve accessibility for all, and is committed as a key player in the mobility market.
- 2009 : Winner of the French National Railway Company (SNCF) tender to equip all railway stations with audio beacons. Development of the “audio arrow” concept, patented by the SNCF, and validated by the CNPSAA (National Comitee for the Social Promotion of Blind and Amblyopic People)
- 2011 : Participation to the PANAMMES project implemented by Paris City Hall and the Vision Institute. The project is to improve the accessibility and the mobility of the partially-sighted and the hearing-impaired people.
- 2012 : Participation to the european project Intelligible City For All in favour of research and innovation for the hearing impaired
- 2012 : Departmental, regional and national winner of the Stars & Métiers price, in the Technological Innovation category
- Continuous work in partnership with specialized research centre (CENTICH, CEREMH…)
- Regular participation to large scale experiments, in partnership with many organizations and institutions
Good to know
- In France, 1.7 million are suffering from vision loss
- Only 2% of the visually impaired know how to read braille
- 61 % of the visually impaired are over 60 years old
In 2050, 1 habitant on 3 will be 60 years old or over, for 1 out of 5 in 2005.