Other shortlisted practices 2014

PASBLUE- acoustic traffic lights for safe crossroads

PASBLUE is a programme which makes crossroads safer for blind or visually impaired persons. By using a programme on the mobile phone users get information about the current status of traffic lights by beep tones.

“This product is a really smart solution for an accessible smart city.”

Andres URSUEGUÍA
About the practice at a glance
Name of Innovative Practice:PASBLUE
Organisation:FUNDOSA ACCESIBILIDAD, SA
Country
of origin
Spain
Beneficiaries targeted Blind or visually impaired persons
Approach/ model/ solution:Solution for traffic lights, producing hearable signs for users activated via Bluetooth

FACTS & FIGURES

  • Prior version 40.000 devices installed.
  • New PASBLUE version is activated via Bluetooth and fully integrated in led lights
  • New PASBLUE installed around 1.000 devices

PROBLEMS TARGETED

The project is intended to allow visually impaired persons to make safe crossings on the city streets, with on demand activated acoustic traffic lights.

PROJECT

PASBLUE is fully integrated into a Green Pedestrian LED traffic light optics which looks exactly as non accessible ones. This approach avoids the need to add extra mechanical devices in order to get it accessible. No sound is emitted by the device, except when users explicitly require it. PASBLUE can be activated wireless via a remote control or a standard Bluetooth connection. So, the final way to activate PASBLUE is a user choice, but in no case there´s some need to add extra devices (like push buttons) at the traffic light. Once PASBLUE has been activated (via remote control or Bluetooth), it remains in an orientation status. During this orientation status, PASBLUE emits special sounds that allows the user to exactly locate the beginning of the cross way. Moreover, PASBLUE can emit spoken info messages like, for example, the street name.

CURRENT SITUATION & OUTLOOK

PASBLUE is now in full production with more than 1.000 devices installed on different Spanish cities.

PASBLUE- acoustic traffic lights for safe crossroads

Traffic light showing the high integration of the acoustic with the lights.

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CONTACT

Mr.Andres URSUEGUÍA,
FUNDOSA ACCESIBILIDAD SA
C/ Gava 11-17, 08014 Barcelona
+34-93 491 38 39
aursueguia.accesibilidad@fundaciononce.es
www.vialibre.es

Nominated by Pilar Soret Lafraya, FUNDOSA ACCESIBILIDAD, SA