Director, Marketing & Communications
The smartphone as personal travel assistant
In public transport, important information such as route numbers and stop names is provided in the form of visual information. A new app supports passengers who cannot or only with difficulty recognize such information acoustically in their orientation.
Blind and visually impaired people face challenges when travelling by public transport: Is the vehicle that just arrives one of the right route? Which of the different buses that stand in line here is “my bus”? At which stop do I have to get off?
Using the app "INTROS" they can select the desired line and direction at the stop on their own mobile device. The app's voice function then signals the arrival of the right vehicle. An acoustic signal given by the app indicates the location of the proper vehicle door, opens it and signals to the driver that a person may need special attention.
[The entire article was published in Transit News, edition 09/2018 on page 3.]
Joint development – perfectly fitting result
The project to develop the Independent Travelling Orientation System (INTROS) was initiated, financed and substantially sponsored by the Lions Club International Multiple District 102 Switzerland-Liechtenstein. Schweizerischer Blinden- und Sehbehindertenverband (SBV), the Swiss association of blind and visually impaired people, supports the project by providing concept work, project management and other services. The product was developed by the companies visorApps and Trapeze-Elgeba in cooperation with the Zugerland Verkehrsbetriebe AG (ZVB) and Baselland Transport AG (BLT) transport operators.
Public transport assistant for the blind and the visually impaired
The Swiss Association for the Blind and and Visually Impaired (Schweizerischer Blinden- und Sehbehindertenverband, SBV) has launched INTROS, a mobile telephone application.