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Apps and Technologies That Make Smart Cities More Inclusive

Smart cities and smart citizens: the apps and the technologies that make cities more inclusive and open | URBACT

Even just walking on Via del Corso in Rome or on Esplanadi in Helsinki it is possible to notice how much people live their city through the smartphones, but we rarely focus on how the use of the new technologies is contributing to promote inclusion and participation to the life of the urban contexts. The metropolitan areas of Helsinki and…

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Smart Cities At The Crossroads Of People-Centered Urban Planning

Smart Cities At The Crossroads Of People-Centered Urban Planning

Are smart cities another fad that benefits only big tech companies, or can the power of citizen sensing help make life better for all who call the city home? Who would have thought frogs could be enlisted in the fight against household mould? It happened in Bristol in the United Kingdom when a digital ‘damp’ sensor in the form of…

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Creating a Culture of Inclusion

Screenshot-2018-4-1 Disability-smart the blog of Business Disability Forum

Accessibility can be seen in two ways. A set of rules and guidelines which say ‘Thou shall do x and thou shan’t do y’ or a way where we consider the needs and situations of the people who will be using our products and develop our products to ensure that we don’t disable them. By focusing on guidelines, standards and…

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Accessible Mobility for All | Smart Cities Listen-Up

Accessible Mobility for All: Development Cooperation For Accessible Public Transportation

Accessible mobility—public transportation that can be used by anyone—is a critical component of future urban development. The New Urban Agenda calls for a significant increase in accessible public transportation, and accessible mobility is part of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Worldwide, more than one billion people live with a disability, 80 per cent of whom…

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The Goal of Smart Cities Should Be No Less Than the Full Inclusion of ALL Citizens

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The goal of Smart Cities should be no less than the full inclusion of ALL citizens, including aging and disabled residents. Conceding to 95% or any target less that 100% inclusion, would be like building 1,000 kilometers of completed superhighway that abruptly terminates in 5 kilometers of dirt roads and ditches. Darren Bates Just a morning thought.   Darren Bates…

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The Partnerships Enabling Disabled City Residents To Better Explore Their Surroundings

The Partnerships Enabling Disabled City Residents To Better Explore Their Surroundings

  As cities work to add technologies to improve residents’ lives and mobility, many are putting a renewed focus on inclusivity and equitable innovation distribution. Yet despite this inclusivity push, experts say people with disabilities remain an overlooked group, especially during city planning processes. “Very few [cities] are thinking about all of their citizens, including specifically, citizens with disabilities,” said…

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Accessible Smart City Urban Mobility Practices

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Worldwide, over 1 billion people live with a disability. Demographic change leads in some parts of the world to an ever-aging population while in other parts birth rates are still well above four children per women. Thus, many people face immense barriers to take part at social and economic activities. Accessibility to public transport and the usability of public infrastructure…

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Smart City New York City Adds Sign Language Video Calling Service

New York City Adds Sign Language Video Calling Service

  New York City adds sign language video calling service   Dive Brief: New York City has added a video communication service, ASL Direct, for hearing impaired residents who use American Sign Language (ASL) and want information about or access to city services. Users connect with a person fluent in ASL through a webcam conversation. The service also has a…

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Self-Driving Cars: The Impact on People with Disabilities

Self-Driving Cars: The Impact on People with Disabilities

Self-Driving Cars: The Impact on People with Disabilities Our New Study Reveals Self-Driving Cars Could Open 2 Million Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities Introduction Self-driving cars have almost become a staple of everyday conversation. You hear about them on the radio, read about them in the newspapers, and you see them on TV, and not just in sci-fi movies.…

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Key Recommendations for an Inclusive Smart City

Screenshot-2018-3-6 How_to_make_cities_accessible_and_inclusive_Web_FINAL PDF

This publication is of critical importance as it contributes a clear overview of the main issues at stake. Namely, that governments, civil society organizations, and the private sector have a role to play in ensuring that accessibility is not an afterthought but a central component of their work. It also provides guidance on how to address the accessibility lack, in…

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7 Ways to Use Technology in Smart City Accessibility Planning

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Accessibility is key when it comes to urban city planning. It’s only natural that combining physical and information infrastructure is at the heart of improving accessibility. Technology can help cities improve and become what are nowadays called smart cities. more The two factors that comprise accessibility are distance and mobility – people want to go to places, and they want them…

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Companies That Support Rights Of Persons With Disabilities Benefit From Inclusion

Companies That Support Rights Of Persons With Disabilities Benefit From Inclusion

  For many persons with disabilities to make a choice, on for example where to shop, where to eat, where to hold a meeting, which vehicle to use, which airline to use, which product to buy and numerous other transactional scenarios, it boils down to pertinent issues of how such businesses or companies respect and support the rights of persons with disabilities. Successful…

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How to Measure Quality of Life in Smart Cities

How to Measure Quality of Life in Smart Cities

From pollution levels and the number of traffic accidents to safer public spaces and more efficient heating in buildings—to what extent can the smartness of a city be quantified? And is it possible to measure the quality of life for an urban area through numerical parameters? /4988204/Phys_Story_InText_Box It’s all about collecting data that is reliable and making sense of the…

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Airports Use Smart City Tech To Welcome People With Disabilities

Screenshot-2018-2-20 Smart environments how airports use tech to welcome special needs passengers – Airport Technology

  The accessibility of air travel for people with physical disabilities has been slowly improving since 1986, when the Air Carrier Access Act was signed into law and eventually led to the implementation of regulations designed to ensure equal access in air travel. Over the past few years, airlines and airports have shown improved general awareness of the so-called “hidden” disabilities,…

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The Importance Of Being A Disability Inclusive Brand

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People with disabilities make up 17.9% of the UK population, but are only represented by 0.06% of people featured in adverts, according to Lloyds’ ‘Reflecting Modern Britain?’ inclusion and diversity report. The study examined 1,340 TV and press adverts from 40 brands paid for by the top 20 advertising spenders in 2015. On the other side of the world, Marketing…

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“Special Needs” Not For Us, I Don’t Need To Be Massaged By A Cat

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“Special Needs” No, I don’t think so. I Don’t Need To Be Massaged By A Cat Ask yourself: what “special needs” does a person with Down syndrome really have? Check out http://www.notspecialneeds.com to discover a new perspective.  

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What’s It Like For The Disabled To Navigate a Smart City That Isn’t Really Smart or Accessible?

Screenshot-2018-2-14 ‘I feel like a second-class citizen’ readers on navigating cities with a disability

‘I feel like a second-class citizen’: readers on navigating cities with a disability We asked readers with a disability to share their experiences – good and bad. Their responses show the many ways people can be shut out of their communities.     Only 50 out of 270 tube stations are fully accessible. Photograph: Graham Turner for the Guardian  …

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What Would A Truly Disabled-Accessible Smart City Look Like

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What would a truly disabled-accessible city look like? Most cities are utterly unfriendly to people with disabilities – but with almost one billion estimated to be urban-dwellers by 2050, a few cities are undergoing a remarkable shift by Saba Salman To David Meere, a visually impaired man from Melbourne, among the various obstacles to life in cities is another that…

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Smart Paint to Help the Visually Impaired Navigate Smart Cities

Screenshot-2018-2-13 Ohio State University, Partners Develop ‘Smart Paint’ to Help the Visually Impaired Navigate Cities

In this installment of the Innovation of the Month series (read last month’s story here), we explore the use of smart technologies to help blind and visually impaired people better navigate the world around them. A team at Ohio State University has been working on a “smart paint” application to do just that. MetroLab’s Executive Director Ben Levine sat down…

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SmartCity Firms Put People First

SmartCity Firms Put People First

Delegates at forum emphasize that advancing society through innovation must take priority Speakers at the IEEE 4th World Forum on Internet of Things emphasized that the technology is a means to improve and advance the lives of people and society. (PHOTO PROVIDED TO CHINA DAILY ASIA WEEKLY) It is about the people: This was the clear message from the IEEE…

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