CNIB To Install 200 Palm-Sized Apple iBeacons For The Blind In Toronto Stores And Restaurants
A new pilot project called Shot Talk was recently launched by CNIB, a charity that provides community-based support for people who are partially sighted or blind. The plan focuses on the installation of 200 wayfinding smart beacons in Toronto stores and restaurants to help blind people in reaching their destination.
The palm-sized small Apple iBeacons will make use of Bluetooth signals to connect with nearby users phones with the help of an iOS app called as BlindSquare.
The project is mainly aimed at providing direction to blind people so that they can easily navigate through vestibules and doors, to washrooms, service counters and to other important parts of stores and restaurants in Toronto.
Similar technology is already being used in other cities around the world with the similar project being held in Wellington, New Zealand where the company initiated a project called “No Dark Doors” that resulted in the installation of iBeacons in 200 downtown shops.
Currently, CNIB is reaching out to local businesses to help them in the installation of beacons for free.