SFO Unveils Prototype of Mobile App for Visually-Impaired Passengers
July 31, 2014
We are excited to announce that today the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) unveiled a prototype version of a smartphone application which can help people who are blind or have a visual impairment to navigate through the airport terminal independently. The application was developed through the San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee’s Entrepreneur-in- Residence Program. The collaboration between SFO, Indoors and the Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired through this program made this innovation possible.
Following is the press release. You can also find the press release online at: http://www.flysfo.com/media/pressreleases/sfo-unveils-mobile-app-visually-impaired-passengers
SFO Unveils Mobile App for Visually-Impaired Passengers
Airport demonstrates prototype phone application which can guide passengers through terminal
SAN FRANCISCO – July 31, 2014 – San Francisco International Airport (SFO) today unveiled a prototype version of a smartphone application which can help visually-impaired passengers to navigate through an airport terminal. The app was developed through San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence Program, which paired SFO with the Indoo.rs, a leader in indoor navigation technology, and was developed in a relatively short span of 16 weeks.
“This groundbreaking new innovation offers visually-impaired passengers something remarkable…the ability to navigate through SFO independently without assistance,” said Airport Director John L. Martin. “I appreciate the collaboration with Indoo.rs and the Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, made possible by Mayor Ed Lee’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence Program. This program demonstrates Mayor Lee’s commitment to innovation.”
The prototype app works in conjunction with approximately 500 beacons located throughout the terminal to audibly call out various points of interest, including gate boarding areas, restaurants, and even power outlets. The prototype version will undergo additional testing and refinement before being released for use by the traveling public.
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