UoGuelph expands electronic wayfinding system for blind, visually impaired people

The University of Guelph has expanded its electronic wayfinding system for blind and visually impaired people. The system, called BlindSquare, helps people to navigate around campus using wall-mounted beacons that transmit signals picked up by a dedicated app. When the user moves indoors, the system uses battery-operated Bluetooth signals to help users navigate by telling them where corridors, elevators, stairways, and campus landmarks are. Over 400 GPS-enabled service points have been installed on the main campus, the U of G Arboretum, and the downtown Guelph campus. The system allows students to access multiple layers of information about their location and can be continually updated so that it stays current. UoGuelph Note: Archived stories may contain dead links or be missing source links.

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