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Using Smart City Data to Help the Disabled Navigate Cities

Screenshot-2018-4-20 Access all areas Using data to help the disabled navigate cities

  BARCELONA, April 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Entrepreneur Josep Esteba became so frustrated trying to get around his native Spain in a wheelchair for more than 20 years that he embarked on a mission to map cities for disabled people all over the world. “Many years ago I travelled a lot for work, and would arrive in cities that…

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How Barcelona’s Smart City Strategy Is Giving Power-to-the-People

How Barcelona’s Smart City Strategy Is Giving Power-to-the-People’

IND: create a column 8/12 columns the width the parent container AND APPLY CONTINIOUSLY responsive text class to anything inside this column Against a backdrop of revolution and protests on Barcelona’s streets over the last 18 months, Francesca Bria has been conducting her own battle to tear up the strategy of her predecessors and put citizens at the head of…

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Smart City Tech Guides Blind Transit Riders Right to the Bus Door

Smart City Tech Guides Blind Transit Riders Right to the Bus Door

Bluetooth technology, crowdsourcing, and connected devices are making mobility easier for blind, visually impaired or disabled transit riders. In Boston, transit officials, through a partnership with Perkins School for the Blind, have been contributing data to the app BlindWays, which combines GPS data with special clues to get users to the exact location of a bus stop. The clues are…

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University of Maryland Launches Smart City and Connected Communities Initiative

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COLLEGE PARK, Md.– University leaders, local government officials, community partners and academic researchers recently launched a new collaborative initiative aimed at using smart and connected technologies to improve the safety, engagement, accessibility and quality of life along the College Park areas of the Baltimore Avenue (Route 1) Corridor. Sponsored by the National Center for Smart Growth (NCSG) and the College…

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City of Boston and Aira Partner to Offer Assistive Technology to the Blind/Low Vision

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City of Boston, Aira partner to offer assistive technology for residents and visitors with blindness or low-vision for One Boston Day and Boston Marathon. Do not add additional content to the following right column. Secondary content should be included in a new right column below the left (main) columAira’s app will be available for free use during the Boston Marathon…

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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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Gartner Proposes Four Strategies To Make Smart Cities Work

Gartner Proposes Four Strategies To Make Smart Cities Work

Analyst firm Gartner lays out its four strategies for city leaders to make their smart cities work. Local government needs to engage with citizens to find out their needs before investing millions into smart city programs, according to advisory firm Gartner. It proposed four strategies to refocus smart cities around the needs of the community. The first is understanding the…

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Google Maps Unveils Wheelchair Accessible Transit Routes

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Google Maps is filling in an important detail for its transit navigation by giving users the option to check a box that will highlight wheelchair accessible stations. The addition of wheelchair accessibility is meant to round out other location and direction features on a global basis. “This feature is rolling out in major metropolitan transit centers … Continue reading Google Maps…

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New Smart City App Calls Out Landmarks Helping People Who Are Blind Get Where They Need To Go

A New App Calls Out Landmarks To Help People Who Are Blind Get Where They Need To Go

Advancements in technology can play a deep and meaningful role in the independent mobility of people who are blind or have low vision. That is why we created Soundscape, a free app available today on iOS and iPhone in the UK. Soundscape empowers more people to explore the world around them through a 3D audio experience. The app enriches your…

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Citizen Engagement Makes A City Smart, Not Infrastructure

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The goal of Smart City engagement is to meaningfully connect all citizens, the local developer community, artists and cultural institutions, entrepreneurs, start-ups, universities, and companies to improve the lives and the quality of life of all Smart City citizens. Darren Bates LLC In June 2015, the ministry of urban development came out with guidelines for a smart city. These guidelines…

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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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An App for Accessibility Is Changing the Conversation About Disability

A Yelp for Accessibility: The app that’s trying to change the conversation about disability

When Maayan Ziv and her classmates wrapped up the first week of graduate school classes in Toronto, they wanted to celebrate. One of Ziv’s classmates suggested they all go to a bar in the area. Most of the group didn’t think twice. But because Ziv is in a wheelchair, she always needs to know if the place she’s going is…

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Airports Use Smart City Tech To Welcome People With Disabilities

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  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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Mind The Gap – Tech Helping Disabled – Chips with Everything Podcast

Screenshot-2018-2-19 Mind the gap how tech can help disabled people – Chips with Everything podcast

Can technology help? Can machines or apps make life easier for a person with a disability? And are these industries doing enough to make their products – and the world – accessible to all? Of course and here’s how Anyone who uses the London Underground will recognise the monotonous tone of the robotic voice that tells us all to “mind…

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There Is No Such Thing as a Smart City

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The term “smart city” is interesting yet not important, because nobody defines it. “Smart” is a snazzy political label used by a modern alliance of leftist urbanites and tech industrialists. To deem yourself “smart” is to make the NIMBYites and market-force people look stupid.Smart-city devotees all over this world will agree that London is particularly smart. Why? London is a…

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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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Your Smart City Is Watching You

Your Smart City Is Watching You

In 1969, William H. “Holly” Whyte decided to analyze, and eventually decode, New York City’s rambunctious street life. A famed author, Whyte, along with a handful of collaborators, was recruited by the city’s planning commission to set up cameras and surreptitiously track human activity. Whyte and his team spent countless afternoons filming parks, plazas, and crosswalks, and even more time…

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Smart Cities Need Technology That Understands All Humans

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Smart Cities Need Technology That Understands All Humans Cities need to be accessible to all, including those with hearing and sight impairments, and restricted mobility   The world’s cities and their populations are growing at an unprecedented rate. The United Nations predicts that by 2050, 66 percent of the world’s population will live in urbanized areas, compared to just a…

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#CES2018 Accessibility Technology Showcase B-Roll

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CES 2018 Accessibility Technology showcases innovative technologies that are changing the way people work, live and play regardless of age or disability.

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