Assisting Visually Impaired People in the Public Transport System through RF-Communication and Embedded Systems

Sáez, Yessica and Muñoz, José and Canto, Francisco and García, Antony and Montes Franceschi, Hector (2019). Assisting Visually Impaired People in the Public Transport System through RF-Communication and Embedded Systems. "Sensors", v. 19 ; pp. 1-14. ISSN 1424-8220. https://doi.org/10.3390/s19061282.

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Title: Assisting Visually Impaired People in the Public Transport System through RF-Communication and Embedded Systems
Author/s:
  • Sáez, Yessica
  • Muñoz, José
  • Canto, Francisco
  • García, Antony
  • Montes Franceschi, Hector
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Sensors
Date: March 2019
ISSN: 1424-8220
Volume: 19
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: communication; embedded systems, mobility; MOVIDIS project; public transport; radiofrequency; visually impaired people
Faculty: Centro de Automática y Robótica (CAR) UPM-CSIC
Department: Otro
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

For a significant number of people with visual impairments, public transport plays an important role in productivity, community participation, and independence, since it may be the only feasible mobility option to participate in their education, work, medical care, food, and to attend many other places in their community. To use the public bus system safely, effectively, and autonomously, these people need to collect information about their physical environment and visible information at stops and terminals, such as timetables, routes, etc. Unfortunately, most people who are blind or visually impaired experience difficulties in getting on the right bus or getting off at the right destination. These situations usually force them to depend on other people that assist them in activities close to their homes, or settle for simpler jobs, or simply stay at home. Therefore, our efforts should aim to develop a system where technology is used to empower people with visual disabilities, allowing them to navigate autonomously in the public transport system. This paper presents a system based on radio frequency (RF) communication proposed within the framework of the MOVIDIS (Mobility for Visually Disabled People) research project (funded by the National Secretariat of Science, Technology and Innovation-SENACYT, under Grants No. 109-2015-4-FID14-073 and No. 99-2018-4-FID17-031), which provides an alternative to assist people with visual disabilities with their mobility in the public transport system. The various modules of this system communicate with each other by means of radio frequency and allow users to interact with buses and their respective stops. The first experimental results show that RF communication represents a viable option to help people with visual disabilities in public transport services.

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Item ID: 67143
DC Identifier: https://oa.upm.es/67143/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:67143
DOI: 10.3390/s19061282
Official URL: https://www.mdpi.com/1424-8220/19/6/1282
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 26 Aug 2022 06:05
Last Modified: 26 Aug 2022 06:05
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