01. The Audio Atlas project
The Audio Atlas is designed for passengers who need assistance as they move through our metro and RER stations. Whether you have a disability (sight impaired, wheelchair users, etc.) or are simply not very familiar with our network, the Audio Atlas is made for you.
We are conducting this joint project with Urbilog, a digital specialist on integrating persons with disabilities, and the Department of Technology, Handicaps, Interfaces and Multimodality (THIM) of the University of Paris 8.
02. How does the Audio Atlas work?
The Audio Atlas is an audio guide rather similar to those found in certain museums. It allows you to move through our spaces, segment by segment, according to the route best adapted to your profile (sight impaired, passengers who must use elevators instead of stairs, occasional users, foreign tourists, etc.).
A specific feature also triggers real-time alerts, thanks to mobile phone sensors or external equipment such as Li-Fi (light fidelity), a LED-based wireless data-transmission technology. The purpose of these alerts is to strengthen localisation, to warn of difficult segments, and to provide additional information to describe complex spaces.
Our partner THIM is also working on the automatic calculation of routes based on maps, using a principle rather similar to optical character recognition (OCR) tools.
The next tests will be conducted in June 2017. We will keep you updated!