AccessWay- for a more inclusive subway

Challenge: Honorable Mention

Accessway's pilot program will be coming soon in 2014! Send us your email (http://ardmisc.wix.com/accessway), if you would like to be notified when it arrives.

AccessWay is a mobile way-finding app that assists the blind and visually impaired with(in) navigating the MTA Subway system. It incorporates both Bluetooth Low Energy(BLE) Smart Sensor and Wi-Fi technologies. The BLE sensors talk to a user's device and delivers audio messages regarding their surroundings - such as which platform the user is on, where the nearest exits are, and general directions from point A to point B inside the station. This information is based on the user's current location and current direction. The Wi-Fi technology is used to provide up-to-the minute train arrival times and service change advisories. The app is designed to work with Apple's built-in voiceover accessibility features.

AccessWay works in 3 separate circumstances.

  1. Station is equipped with both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Smart (BLE) sensor technology: User will receive both in-station way-finding messaging along with train arrival times and service advisories.

  2. Station is equipped with only Wi-Fi and no Bluetooth Smart (BLE) sensors: Only train arrival times and service advisories will be available.

  3. Station has installed Bluetooth Smart (BLE) sensors but no Wi-Fi: User will receive in-station way-finding messaging.